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Sikth: Opacities EP

Album Review

Tech pioneers rewrite the rules again

The risk for a band like Sikth returning after nearly a decade away is obvious; after influencing an entire subgenre of metal, the sounds that they created back then are now far more commonplace, and churning out yet more of the same just isn’t going to cut it.

So to listen to Opacities is a rare treat – an example of a band who are more than happy to face their legacy head on, and then not just match it but better it. Any old chancer can grab an eight-string guitar and palm-mute the hell out of it, but how many bands could dream up the kind of complex vocal melodies and call and response lines as Justin Hill and Mikee Goodman do on the mind-boggling math of Philistine Philosophies

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