SikTh are back! The Watford mathcore sextet that stumbled upon a sound unexplored, who devised their own Morse code of metal that mushroomed into labyrinthine detours and tangents and that ultimately lead to the birth of the djent metal, and whose legacy gave the inspiration for bands like Protest the Hero, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders and Periphery after their hiatus in 2007, are back. They return with what will be one of the finest albums of 2017 in the form of The Future In Whose Eyes?
The album is due to be released on June 2 on Millennium Night, the newly-created label imprint from Snapper Music, home of Peaceville Records and Kscope.
Ahead of the release, the band premiered a new song “Vivid.” Listen here.
SikTh vocalist and lyricist Mikee W Goodman explains more about the song, the second track revealed from the hugely anticipated new album, saying, “Lyrically, it is inspired by traumatic dreaming. The verses talk from perspective of being in the actual dream, where the choruses are in despair from an awoken perspective. The song itself has a lot of elements of both tradition and new SikTh.”
The digital single is available to buy and stream and will also be available an instant download with all digital album pre-orders.
SikTh are one of the Great British pioneers that have shaped heavy music over the years and the new album represents their first full-length studio effort since 2006’s classic Death Of a Dead Day. Dan Weller, SikTh’s guitarist and producer proudly states, “Ever since SikTh was formed way back at the turn of the century, we’ve tried to self improve as musicians and as songwriters. We take our music very seriously. This record feels like the one we’ve always wanted to make. We spent over a year writing it and pushed ourselves extremely hard — sometimes too hard. Opacities was the rebirth of SikTh but The Future… is our statement. I want this album to define us. I don’t care how over ambitious it sounds — we want this record to be heard by every metal fan on the planet.”
Goodman adds, “Personally, I feel this is our best album yet. From my point, I have written all vocals and lyrics. I have taken myself to some very dark places, commentated on this world as I see it. Also swimming into fictional worlds and dreamscapes. There are some beautiful moments. The band has made incredible music, brutal, technically warped mixed with some psychedelic moments. I think we’ve done something special here.”
The vocals were recorded at Goodman’s own studio and at Adrian Smith’s (Iron Maiden) R&R Studios and this is the first release featuring new co-vocalist and former member of Aliases — Joe Rosser.
“Joe has done a great job singing on this album. He has a lot of scope to his voice, he’s very versatile indeed. We were really pleased how he sang the lines in” is the high praise from vocalist Goodman. The guitars and drums at the renowned Monkey Puzzle House studios. Weller has been producing, alongside Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery) on mixing duties.
The Future In Whose Eyes? features the first-ever guest vocalist on a SikTh album – Spencer Sotelo, singer of Periphery, joins Mikee on the track “Cracks of Light.”
In late summer 2016, SikTh made their first foray into the U.S. live arena after being invited to join Periphery on tour “They’re really nice people, everyone on that U.S. tour felt it was the best one they’d been on,” says Mikee. It was over those weeks that a plan was hatched. Mikee continued, “We actually got him down to R&R Studios in Uxbridge where we made the album. I really like Periphery and especially love Spencer’s voice; he’s not your usual djent singer, and he’s very much a spiritual man. He knows his and mind well and so we nailed the song really quickly.”
The Future In Whose Eyes? will be released in multiple formats, which are available to pre-order here.
Further details regarding live plans will be released soon, as the band is keen to return to North America after receiving a rapturous response upon making its stateside live debut on the Periphery tour in August 2016. Since the band’s reformation for 2014’s UK Download Festival, they have released their first new music in the form of the Opacities EP, supported Slipknot on their UK tour, Periphery in the U.S., and have just returned from a five-week run across Europe as main support to Trivium and have just been announced to return to the main stage at this year’s Download Festival.
Mikee W Goodman – vocals
Dan Weller – guitar
Dan Foord – drums
James Leach – bass
Pin – guitar
Joe Rosser – Vocals
Watch the previously released video for “No Wishbones” here.