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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.


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


  • Justin Hill - Vocals


  • Let the Transmitting Begin (EP) (2001)
  • The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild (2003)
  • Death of a Dead Day (2006)
  • Flogging the Horses (2006)
  • Opacities (EP) (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?".
  • The Band Minus the Face: Mikee and Justin left SikTh simultaneously during its initial hiatus. Unable to find new vocalists at the time, the V1 formation 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.
  • Erudite Stoner: Mikee is very possibly this.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The video for "Bland Street Bloom".
  • Hookers and Blow: "Such the Fool".
  • Large Ham: The vocals and lyrics in general, even more so on material from the first album.
  • Lighter and Softer: Post-hiatus material in one way or another. The vocal stylings are much more subdued in their Large Ham status compared to earlier material, Mikee uses a lot more melodic vocals and more emphasis is placed on song structure rather than technicality or going through the Genre Roulette that was so prominent in their early albums.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: Both parts of "Emerson".
  • 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.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: Type 3. The "classic" lineup of the band lasted for 11 total active years (2001-2008, 2012-2016).
  • 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.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Mikee Goodman's vocal style can range from anywhere between death growls and high shrieks to rapping, scatting, mournful melodic tones reminiscent of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen and he can 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.
    • Joe Rosser is one himself as well, being able to sing, scream, growl and even do a few odd accents himself. Knowing that he's an Ascended Fanboy, guess where he might have got this from?
  • Metalcore: Often get labeled as this, but it's mostly just the singing.
  • Metal Scream: Plenty of screaming all over the place, some of it downright psychotic.
  • Mr. Exposition: The bartender in "How May I Help You?". He reveals that Miranda is a prostitute.
  • New Media Are Evil: "Philistine Philosophies" and "Century of a Narcissist". It's safe to say Mikee Goodman isn't a big fan of social media and over-reliance on technology.
  • 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.
    • "When Will the Forest Speak?" from the first album.
    • "Mermaid Slur" from DoaDD.
    • "Tokyo Lights" from Opacities.
    • The Future in Whose Eyes? has three of them.
  • Progressive Metal: Often crossing over into straight-up experimental.
  • Put on a Bus: Since early 2018, Pin has been somewhat absent from the band's live shows. This was originally a case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome but after being asked about this on social media, Dan Weller responded that he is still in the band; he just isn't as available as he used to be. He did perform with the original line-up of the band for two shows in 2022 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first album.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
  • Singing Simlish
  • Soprano and Gravel: Male example and Mikee and Justin/Joe can play either role.
  • Subdued Section: They like this a lot.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Each release has a distinct one.
    • "Peep Show" from the first album.
    • "In This Light" from DoaDD.
    • "Days Are Dreamed" from Opacities.
    • The Future in Whose Eyes? subverts this. There are no overtly gentle tracks on the album; instead, this role is filled by setting Mikee's spoken word poems to ambient music.
  • Toilet Humour: Rod's revenge method in "How May I Help You?".He puts laxatives into their tea.
  • True Companions: Dan and Pin have been friends since their school days and, minus the 2008-2012 Sikth hiatus, have been playing music with each other since their teenage years. If the hiatus and Pin's unexplained absence from live shows until Dan's clarification via social media several months later hadn't happened, they could easily be classed as being Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Mikee and Justin are one of the best and possibly most influential examples of this. The interplay between their two very different vocal styles was so important to the band's sound that losing both vocalists was one of the main reasons the band broke up in 2008.