The Future In Whose Eyes? - SikTh
Album: The Future In Whose Eyes?
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review by Steve Jenkins
Eleven long years it has been since we last saw SikTh release an album, yes that's right, back in 2006 the band released Death Of A Dead Day and for its time it was futuristic and innovative for the standards of that year. Since that album was released, the band has broken up, reformed, released an EP and lost their founding vocalist, Justin Hill. However, even whilst the band were inactive, they continued to influence many musicians. Whilst the djent scene may not be to everyone's taste, it's undeniable that SikTh showcased the style at its most creative, crazy, dynamic and explosive, and the band's third record, The Future In Whose Eyes?, is a reminder to fans and newcomers alike that SikTh are still a powerful force to be reckoned with. The instrumentation on this album is still as you'd expect, with plenty of intricate, technical riffs woven around soaring melodies. The thing that makes SikTh particularly unique when compared to most modern metalcore bands is the subtle changes between the heavier sections of their music and the melodic sections, which helps their music flow extremely well, providing them with a unique and chaotic sound. The rhythm section is as solid as ever, with the bass being heard loud and clear throughout the whole album and the drums providing many headbanging grooves and impressive fills. Make no mistake, this is a band who know how to write music, and has shown that throughout their entire history. What will be new to listeners on this album is the introduction of new vocalist Joe Rosser, and straight away you'll hear a significant difference when comparing former vocalist, Justin Hill, and the difference isn't a bad thing by any means. It's just, a bit hard to get used to. His vocals are certainly not a detriment to the music, but when the two vocalists are compared it's no question which one is the stronger of the two, and whilst it was no easy task to replace Hill, it never feels like Joe Rosser meets the expectations, but her definitely does a fantastic job nonetheless. In addition, the lyrics on The Future In Whose Eyes? are some of the weakest lyrics that SikTh has ever offered, and despite the relevance of a lot of the topics, a lot of the lyrics come across as fairly childish and leave a fair bit to be desired. Instrumentally, whilst the band retains their signature sound, it is somewhat toned down when compared to the previous SikTh releases. A noticeable change is the higher prevalence of clean vocals, and this slightly toned down sound may turn off some listeners. But at least you'll still have their previous monumental classics to listen to if you can't get into this new album. However, despite these drawbacks, this is still a fine release from a band that hasn't released an album in over a decade, and that in and of itself is never an easy task to pull off. Because let's face facts here, a lot can and will change in 10 years and things will never sound the same after such a long time away from a band. Having said that, this is a slightly more accessible sound which may also attract more new listeners, which is never a bad thing, but this is an album that should be listened to by old and new fans alike. The Future In Whose Eyes? is a welcome return for SikTh and a fine addition to their already impressive discography. It's not a classic but it's a big thumbs up regardless.
7.5 out of 10 stars.
The Future In Whose Eyes? is out now via Peaceville Records. Purchase on iTunes or stream on Spotify.
Check out the official video for the track 'Golden Cufflinks' below: