An influential progressive metal
band from the UK who combined a very technical, mathcore inspired sound with a melodic and experimental side. They formed in 1999, split up in 2008, and reformed in 2012. They've released two acclaimed albums and two EPs. From 2001, their lineup remained constant.
In the last few years, the increased popularity of djent has seen them gain a lot of attention due to their undeniable influence on a lot of recent bands, as well as other progressive bands such as Protest The Hero
, who have stated they are their biggest influence.Members
- Mikee Goodman - Vocals
- Justin Hill - Vocals
- Dan Weller - Guitar
- Graham "Pin" Pinney - Guitar
- James Leach - Bass
- Dan "Loord" Ford - Drums
- The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild (2003)
- Death of a Dead Day (2006)
Tropes that apply to SikTh:
- Alternative Metal
- Animated Music Video: "How May I Help You?".
- Ascended Fanboy: On the poster for Download Festival 2014's line-up, they were placed next to Down: they are huge fans of Phil Anselmo's work. Phil himself also fits this, as he is a fan and him and Justin have met each other at least once.
- The Band Minus the Face: Mikee and Justin both left the band. Unable to find new vocalists, they split up soon afterward.
- Weirdly played with on "Peep Show", as on that track Justin sings but Mikee doesn't.
- Based on a True Story: Some fans think that "Hold my Finger" is based on a real relationship Mikee had. He has never confirmed whether it really is autobiographical.
- Cool Plane: Sort of. Mikee owns a flying camera which is able to fly at up to 1000 feet into the air. Why? Because it's cool, of course!
- Cover Version: Of Nick Cave's "Tupelo". Despite being about as far from technical metal as you can get, they hardly changed anything. And it works.
- Epic Rocking: Mostly averted. Despite their highly experimental nature, they only have two songs over 7 minutes.
- Erudite Stoner: Mikee is very possibly this.
- Follow the Leader: Massive influence on Djent and Tech Metal. Ash Cook of Valis Ablaze's vocal style is heavily based on Mikee's, albeit with his own spin on it.
- Gaia's Vengeance: The video for "Bland Street Bloom".
- Large Ham: Mikee Goodman's vocal delivery. Subverted with Justin, who has a much more conventional vocal style.
- Lonely Piano Piece: Both parts of "Emersion".
- Loners Are Freaks: Rod is portrayed this way by everyone he meets in "How May I Help You?". Even by his girlfriend Miranda, when he finds out what her job really is.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of their songs are fast, furious, and very noisy metal with lyrics that are entirely surreal or just stupid.
- Metalcore: Often get labeled as this, but it's mostly just the singing.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Mikee Goodman is a lesser example - he doesn't do a lot of cleans, but he is more than able to belt out wailing screams akin to Black Metal, raspy grunts, very fast rapping, scatting, and gurgling Harsh Vocals typical of Death Metal.
- Metal Scream: Plenty of screaming all over the place, some of it downright psychotic.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually around a solid 9, but they drop to about a 5 or 6 on softer songs, and max out at the 10-11 range in their harder material.
- Mr. Exposition: The bartender in "How May I Help You?". He reveals that Miranda is a prostitute.
- Nu Metal/Avant-Garde Metal: Frequently associated with the genre, though they are among the most respected.
- Once per Episode: A spoken word poem about the environment done in Mikee's strange, intimidating voice.
- One of Us: Mikee is obsessed with Clint Eastwood films. He also had a weird obsession with Download Festival in his youth (then called Monsters of Rock), and views SikTh playing Download twice as high points of his career.
- Toilet Humour: Rod's revenge method in "How May I Help You".He puts laxatives into their tea.
- Progressive Metal: Often crossing over into straight-up experimental.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- The Leader: Mikee and Pin.
- The Lancer: Justin and Dan.
- This is made a lot more obvious in their other bands. In Colour (Dan's band) is basically a pop band, whereas Aliases (Pin's band) is as mental as it's possible to go without Mr. Man of a Thousand Voices and Outpatients (Mikee's band) is just plain fucked up.
- Singing Simlish
- Soprano and Gravel: Male example and Mikee and Justin can play either role.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: They have a few more melodic songs, but each album has a distinct one: the poppy "Peep Show" from the first album, and the atmospheric "In This Light" from the second.
- Subdued Section: They like this a lot. They'll often have a jazzy, experimental section in a song, such as "Scent of the Obscene".
- Vocal Tag Team: Mikee and Justin are one of the best examples of this.
- X Meets Y: Best described as Korn meets The Dillinger Escape Plan meets Meshuggah meets Atheist.