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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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5 stars This is up among the list of albums that changed my life forever.

Picture this, a young 10 year old child, listening to quite average rock and alternative bands (mainly American, the Trout Mask Replica of nationallity concerning music). As I watch MTV2 (now called MTV Rock I think) at about 11 o'clock at night, a vibrant cartoon music video comes on, being only 10, it intrigued me a wee bit. The music that accompanied the video was some of the weirdest and most influential noises I have ever heard). The song was called How May I Help You?. I was intrigued.

Then a few months later, I hear another song and video from the band, one for the song Scent Of The Obscene. The video wasn't as attractive, but the song was so amazing and monumental, they had made a nice place for them in my heart.

I didnt buy the album until a while later, but yes, this album is a monument among metal.

Sikth were able to take math metal, which was quite a disjuncted genre, and form with it post metal, post hardcore, avant garde metal and progressive metal, making one of the most interesting and most successful fusions in what I see as music history.

The instrumental work is also incredibly smart and very frantic.

1. Scent Of The Obscene - When that slap bass line comes in, prepare for an amazine ride. Mixing amazing frantic sections with the almost ambient breakdown and topping off with a soaring chorus, this has to be one of the greatest songs ever made. The lyrics are amazing as well.

2. Pussyfoot - The intro of this song always makes me laugh. Great lyrics and the vocals are amazing. Incredbily frantic.

3. Hold My Finger - The lyrics of this song always makes me laugh. Thought they couldn't get anymore frantic, you were wrong.

4. Skies Of Millenium Night - Great lyrics and an hode to Bill Hicks. Very nice. The instrumental work in this song is amazing and the instrumental section just prooves how much of an amazing band these guys were.

5. Emerson, Pt. 1 - A beautifull piano instrumental. This is very sad and at times is a wee bit eerie.

6. Peepshow - One of the best songs on the album. Amazing lyrics, amazing voals from Justin and an beautifull soaring chorus. The vocal harmonies also are flawless. The video for this song is quite weird, but amazing.

7. Wait For Something Wild - Anoter incredibly frantic song with amazing voals. Crazy and werid as always. The ending is quite funny, showing Mikee's amazing voice work.

8. Tupelo - A Nick Cave cover. Yes, this isnt out of place. I haven't heard Nicks version, but if it's as good as this, then I will be happy. Mikee's vocals really are specatcular, with some amazing vocal techniques that he could only pull off. I love the eerie atmopshere that surrounds the song.

9. Can't We All Dream - Very noisy but quite beautifull in a morose sense.Some amazing vocals and I love the discourse between drums and bass.

10. Emerson, Pt. 2 - The continuation of this very beautiful piano interlude.

11. How May I Help You? - This is just...words can't describe it. If you haven't heard this song, then you badly need to. Very comical and incredibly enjoyable. Again, Mikee shows off some amazing vocal styles and voices. The story of the song is also very funny. The video can also be used as added stimulus.

12. (If You Weren't So) Perfect - Great song with a great chorus. Some amazing voals and lyrics.

13. Such The Fool - One crazy song. It's just so frantic.

14. When Will The Forest Speek...? - An amazing spoken word poem. Again, amazing voices from Mikee. I also can quote this word for word.

CONCLUSION: This changed my life, and hopefully it will change yours.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


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