Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Review: Sikth 'Death Of A Dead Day' (Re-release)

2006 was a monumental year for metal and arguably the heaviest of the 21st century. You had Slayer unleashing their tenth studio album, 'Christ Illusion'; Lamb Of God crushing our skulls with the immortalising, 'Sacrament' and of course Tool’s last record, '10,000 Days', which to the dismay of many fans would be their last for a bloody long while. So for a progressive tech metal outfit from Watford to come along out of nowhere and blows our minds to kingdom come, makes it that much more spectacular.

Sikth’s sophomore release, 'Death Of A Dead Day' stood shoulder to shoulder with metal’s finest, putting tech metal in the spotlight. Coming in at #56 of Metal Hammer’s Best Albums of The 21st Century, it still remains a landmark of modern metal. The reputation this album has garnered over the past ten years speaks for itself, influencing bands like Periphery, Tesseract and Animals As Leaders who owe this record a debt of gratitude. Marking its first decade on this planet, DOADD has been patched up, polished and re-released, sounding as fresh and original today as it did all those years ago.



The impact Sikth had on the future of tech metal is undeniable. Not to sound like a drooling cliché, but DOADD was truly years ahead of its time. Released on the most metal of metal dates, 06/06/06, Sikth shone through as one of the most original acts to have surfaced from the UK scene. Stretching the boundaries of what could be achieved outside of conventional song writing, it showcased technicality without the pretentiousness usually associated with such prolific musicianship. The album touched on all manner of genres from thrash and death metal to spoken word, dipping through valleys of polyrhythmic grooves that are as ferocious as they are infectious. Colourful tonalities and vivid textures are in abundance on this album, not to mention its spontaneous feel throughout gave SikTh an edge over most bands. A testament and true contender in the argument that metal is indeed an art form.  

Ten years, a hiatus and an EP (Opacities, 2015) later, we’re willing to take anything SikTh throw at us. On top of the arsenal of belting tunes such as the live favourite Bland Street Bloom and the eerily post-rock vibes of In This Light, we are treated to three demo bonus tracks, which includes a stripped down Flogging The Horses. Granted, these demos showcase an interesting angle that we hadn’t previously experienced, though we did expect a little more in terms of extra content to get stuck into. With not much change to the album itself, this does feel like a missed opportunity.

Reminiscing about the old makes us curious about Sikths future, especially as they have been so active on the live circuit this year. Having earned an opening slot with Slipknot back in February and recently finished a US tour with Periphery, are SikTh stretching their musical muscles to bring us something new, we wonder? With the new addition of vocalist Joe Rosser (ex-singer of Aliasses) taking Hill’s place by Mikee Goodman’s side, a new album is not in the realms of impossibility. Until then, all we can do is speculate and salivate at the thought.

Score: 8.5/10

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