(8/10) Releases of British prog metallers Sikh are rare. Two full-length records in 15 years isn't really a lot. Also considering that the band went on a hiatus for couple of years doesn't change anything here - it was quality instead of quantity.
However, this was the past and the here & now looks far more interesting. The guys from Watford, England announced in spring this year that they are working on new songs which should end up on a brand new EP. A few month later the band lived up to their promise and the new EP is done. "Opacities" is the name of this disc that was recorded in the Lincoln's Chapel Studios.
In total "Opacities" contains five new songs and one acoustic intermezzo called "Tokyo Lights". This short spoken words number is framed into a context of brutal prog metal tracks that rae mind-blowing.
The EP is jaw-dropping. Brutal riffs and complex song structures are creating the base for each of the five songs. But besides all the complexity and musical finesse, the songs never turn into something unapproachable. SikTh builds enough melodic moments into their music; something that makes the tunes also to thrilling ones for headbangers not playing an instrument.
What I like with this EP is this organized chaos in SikTh' music. Even though there are so many unexpected turns in each of the songs, the tracks and the EP still feels like one unit. All those fragments fit perfectly together and lead to a homogenous package.
"Opacities" contains SikTh first new music since 2006. It feels like putting the band on hold for several led to new energy, new creativity and a lot of power. Fans from Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan should check out this masterpiece of beserk math metal.
- Behind the Doors
- Philistine Philosophie
- Under the Weeping Moon
- Tokyo Lights
- Walking Shadows
- Days Are Dreamed
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2016
Release Date UK: December 4th, 2015