Music / SikTh

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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 three albums and three EPs.

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
  • Joe Rosser - Vocals
  • Dan Weller - Guitar
  • Graham "Pin" Pinney - Guitar
  • James Leach - Bass
  • Dan "Loord" Ford - Drums

Ex-members
  • Justin Hill - Vocals

Discography:
  • Let The Transmitting Begin (2001)
  • The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild (2003)
  • Death of a Dead Day (2006)
  • Flogging The Horses (2006)
  • Opacities (2015)
  • The Future In Whose Eyes? (2017)

Tropes that apply to SikTh:

  • Album Title Drop:
    • "Part of the Friction".
    "Try to make them challenge you. Lights are falling, Death of a day, deader than day. Victory? Victory? Victory? Death of a dead day."
    • "Wait For Something Wild".
    • "Golden Cufflinks"
    "but a future in whose eyes?"
  • Alternative Metal: More prominent in their post-hiatus work.
  • 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.
  • The Band Minus the Face: Mikee and Justin both left the band. Unable to find new vocalists, they split up soon afterward.
  • Based on a True Story:
    • There is a long standing fan theory that "Hold My Finger" is somewhat autobiographical.
    • "Philistine Philosophies" is about Mikee's struggles with trying to adapt to the current day music industry. The line "so hop on the wagon or be a mystical tree" was inspired by a conversation he had with his manager where he was told that he needed to have a social media presence or he would be left behind.
    • "Golden Cufflinks" is about the gentrification of Central London and the damage it's caused to the cultural life of the city. The song's lyrics reference the redevelopment of Tin Pan Alley and the music video shows news clippings about old London venues such as The Mean Fiddler closing down.
  • Call-Back: "Golden Cufflinks" has the line "yet another bland street bloom", referring back to the track of that name from Death Of A Dead Day.
  • 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.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The video for "Bland Street Bloom".
  • Large Ham: The vocals and lyrics in general, even more so on material from the first album.
  • 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. Averted somewhat in recent years.
  • Metalcore: Often get labeled as this, but it's mostly just the singing.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Mikee Goodman's vocal style can range from anywhere between death growls and high shrieks to mounrful melodic tones reminiscent of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen, and even imitate various different accents.
    • He explores this to its biggest extreme yet on The Future in Whose Eyes. For some parts of "Cracks of Light" he performs the vocals in a cockney accent and "The Moon's Been Gone For Hours" is performed in an Australian accent.
  • 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: Mikee's spoken word poems.
  • 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:
  • Singing Simlish
  • Soprano and Gravel: Male example and Mikee and Justin/Joe can play either role.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: They have a few more melodic songs, but each release has a distinct one: the poppy "Peep Show" from the first album the atmospheric "In This Light" from the second and "Days Are Dreamed" from the Opacities EP.
  • Subdued Section: They like this a lot.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Mikee and Justin are one of the best and possibly most influential examples of this.

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