|Origin||Watford, Hertfordshire, England|
|Genres||Progressive metal, mathcore|
|Labels||Infernal Records, Unparalleled Carousel, Gut Records, (UK)|
Victor Entertainment (Japan)
Bieler Bros. Records (USA)/World
|Aliases, In Colour, Primal Rock Rebellion, The Painted Smiles, Sad Season, Sol Invicto, This Is Menace, The HAARP Machine, The Hell, Outside the Coma, Heart of a Coward|
Sikth (also typeset as SikTh) are a British progressive metal band from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, formed in 1999. They are considered to have been a key influence on the development of djent alongside Meshuggah..
SikTh formed in late 1999, but consolidated their line-up in March 2001. That line-up consisted of dual vocalists Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill, guitarists Dan Weller and Graham Pinney, bassist James Leach and drummer/percussionist Dan Foord.
Their first official release was an EP titled Let the Transmitting Begin. Released in 2002, it featured three tracks, as well as a limited edition live CD from the BBC Radio 1 recordings of the same songs.
The band's first release for Gut Records was an EP titled How May I Help You? Released in 2002, it featured three tracks, two of which were on the band's debut album. A video for the song "(If You Weren't So) Perfect" was also contained. The song "How May I Help You?" contained a story about a person called Rodney. The song was made into an animated video, which was written, directed and produced by Mikee Goodman. It went on to win the best video award in The Big Cheese Magazine, as well as reaching number 1 on MTV UK, and being an A-list video on MTV Asia.
SikTh's debut album The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild was released on 18 August 2003 through Gut Records. The album was produced by the band themselves, along with Andrew Scarth. Mixing duties were handled by Colin Richardson. Two singles were released from the album in "Scent of the Obscene" (October) and "Peep Show" (December). The album has sold approximately 30,000 copies in the UK, Japan and Australia.
In support of the album, Sikth performed at Download Festival at Donington Park in 2003. The band subsequently traveled to Japan in 2004, firstly supporting Anthrax and Killswitch Engage, then playing at the Fuji Rock Festival in August with Lou Reed, PJ Harvey and Primus. Also in 2004, the band made an appearance at the debut Fuse Leeds festival of cross-disciplinary New Music, at the personal invitation of festival curator Django Bates (they played a support slot to Bates' own jazz ensemble on the closing night of the festival).
The band returned in 2006 with their second full-length album Death of a Dead Day. It was released in the UK on 26 June 2006 on their new label Bieler Bros. Records. It was earlier released in the US on 6 June. The album entered the UK album charts at number 94. The album was once again produced by the band themselves, with mixing duties handled by Matt LaPlant.
In support of the album, SikTh performed a show at The White Horse in High Wycombe, the venue of their first ever gig, on 6 June 2006 and at the Download Festival 2006 four days later, as well as short UK tour.
An EP titled Flogging the Horses was released in October 2006, featuring demo versions from Death of a Dead Day tracks, as well as a remix version of "Where Do We Fall?". The track "Each Other and Ourselves" was also included, which was a bonus track on the Japanese version of the album. The EP was limited to just 1,500 copies.
On 8 May 2007, it was announced that vocalists Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill would be leaving the band at the conclusion of the July 2007 "The Black Summer Starts Here" UK tour set, due to their ongoing projects and producing careers.Mikee Goodman's and Justin Hill's final performance in SikTh was at the Carling Academy, Islington, London on 14 September 2007 (this was a rescheduled show).
On 27 May 2008, SikTh announced that the band had decided to split due to numerous factors. The main reasons cited for their breakup was the inability to find a replacement for Mikee and Justin, as well as commitment to other projects. During their period of hiatus the band was rediscovered by underground artists involved in the djent movement, with notable musicians in the scene such as Misha Mansoor of Periphery stating that SikTh were a major influence. This caused the band's popularity to climb, even though they had been defunct for some time by this point.
On 15 January 2012, an official SikTh Facebook Page was created by the band in order to reissue and sell SikTh merchandise. The band also stated that when they do reform, it won't be "for the wrong reasons" and that "we owe it to our fans to produce something very special when we return."
On 16 December 2013 it was revealed in a surprise announcement that SikTh were to be playing a reunion set at Download Festival 2014, headlining the Red Bull stage. This was the band's first live performance since 2007 and their first appearance at Download Festival since 2006. On 25 March, they were also announced to be headlining October's Euroblast festival in Cologne, Germany. On 13 June 2014, SikTh announced a full autumn UK tour via their Facebook page running through October and November. SikTh have also been announced to play UK Tech-Metal Festival as the main headliner on 14 June 2014. They were also main headliner of Silence Festival V in Nepal 17-18 October 2014,sharing same stage where Enigmatik, Vader, Textures and Behemoth had headlined before.
On 27 April 2015 Sikth announced via their Facebook page that they are planning to release new music in the form of a crowd funded EP with a tour to follow. Fans who pre-ordered the EP were able to visit the pledgemusic page and gain access to exclusive updates, content & merchandise for the duration of the funding campaign. The six track EP, titled Opacities, was released on 4 December 2015. Sikth were also the opening act for Slipknot on their 2016 U.K tour in February alongside Suicidal Tendencies. They were announced to be performing the Arctangent Festival in August 2016, but later pulled out. They appeared in 2017.
On 4 June 2016 Justin Hill announced his retirement in order to focus on his production career. Joe Rosser from Pin's second band Aliases was announced as his replacement 
At some point in the summer of 2018 Graham Pinney departed from Sikth as he was absent from their TechFest show and all subsequent shows. No official statement has been made but a fan asked during the show at Stoke asking where he is to the response "I don't know, you ask him."
The band will be in the UK in September for their "Riddles of Humanity" tour and will feature Loathe as their support act in September 2018. Their final show of the year was at Festivile on October 20th 2018, it was also at this show where frontman Mikee Goodman said that "This will be the last show we'll do for a while" he also stated he is unsure if they will return soon and if new music will be made.
SikTh's style of music is hard to categorize as they incorporate many different elements of metal, rock and hardcore. They are commonly categorized as progressive metal due to their unorthodox approach, as well as avant-garde metal and mathcore due to the complex nature of their instrumental playing abilities and the regular inclusion of dissonance into their music.
According to guitarist Dan Weller;
"Energy has always inspired us, things that really get you pumping. We play extreme music, sure, but in the sense that we go to all extremes. If something sounds good, then we'll do it, and that includes beautiful, melodic music, which we all love, too".
According to guitarist Pin;
"But we're always concerned with the quality of the tune; just writing crazy music isn't enough, and I think that's what makes us different from other bands who go really technical. We're definitely writing songs."
In a review for SikTh's second album Death of a Dead Day, DecoyMusic.com described the band's style as containing elements of "speed metal, progressive metal, thrash, nu metal, metalcore, and cock-rock". The website Drowned in Sound "sees the band come across like a heady America-friendly mix of Dillinger Escape Plan's feather-fingered guitar contorting melded with Korn's manipulated rhythms, thundering through the bizarre nuances of System of a Down".
In a review for the band's debut album The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild, MusicOMH.com described the album as containing "guttural throaty vocals mixed with harmonized melodies, viciously rhythmic drumming which instantly metamorphosises into elaborate percussion, and haunting atmospheric piano interludes which sit superbly between slices of metal brutality". In the early days of the band, Goodman once described their sound as "scatcore", a reference to their fast-jabbering scat style of singing.
Sikth had retained the same line-up throughout most of their career. On 3 June 2016, the band announced the departure of vocalist Justin Hill and announced replacement vocalist Joe Rosser. At some point in the summer of 2018 Graham Pinney left Sikth for unknown reasons, he has been absent from several one off gigs and a tour with members refusing to comment. No statement has been made. The band are continuing as a 5 piece.
Alongside producing and vocal coaching, Goodman is a member of Primal Rock Rebellion, featuring Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and Sikth drummer Dan Foord. Mikee's first project after Sikth was The Painted Smiles and appeared on the tracks 'Dark Matter' by This Is Menace and 'Sleep Street' by Cyclamen. He also sings/screams on Deathembers EP ''A Thousand Flatlines'' track 4 ''The Linear Act''. His latest musical project is the band Outpatients (later renamed Outside the Coma), a "male and female dual vocal, experimental, electronic/rock/metal band".
Rosser was announced as the replacement for Justin Hill following Hills departure in order to focus on production. Joe Rosser is also a member of guitarist Pins other band, Aliases. Rosser debuted on the Aliases single 'Exasperated', subsequently appearing on Aliases second release Derangeable. Rosser debuted as co-vocalist alongside Mikee Goodman on SikThs 2017 record The Future In Whose Eyes?
Weller is currently the guitarist of In Colour, which features TesseracT vocalist Daniel Tompkins. Weller produced Enter Shikari's 3rd album, A Flash Flood of Colour, and assisted in the production of their 2nd album Common Dreads. He has also produced two albums by the band Young Guns. Dan wrote the music alongside co-writer, Ciaran Cahill (who plays keyboards alongside him in In Colour) for Transmission Impossible with Ed & Oucho on the BBC.
James teaches bass and is Gallows' drum tech. He is a member of supergroup Krokodil, and allegedly part of the hardcore punk group The Hell. James also played bass for Pure Love's live shows on their 2014 farewell tour.
Justin featured on the track Predisposed from the 2006 album No End in Sight, then returned the favour on Return The Favour from the 2007 album The Scene Is Dead by This Is Menace, Dreams Without Courage from the 2007 album Entities by Malefice and Distance from the 2013 album Severance by Heart of a Coward. Justin also works as a producer.
Pin is currently a member of the progressive metal band Aliases, who are signed to Basick Records. They have released one EP, Safer Than Reality, and are currently working on a full-length album. He also is a guitar teacher.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certification|
|2003||The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild||106||8||13||-||-||-|
|2006||Death of a Dead Day||94||7||-||-||-||-|
|2017||The Future in Whose Eyes?
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2002||Let the Transmitting Begin
|2002||How May I Help You?
|2006||Flogging The Horses
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2001||"Hold My Finger / Such A Fool"||—||—||—||The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild|
|2003||"Scent of the Obscene"||101||12||28|
|"Behind The Doors"||—||—||—|
|2017||"No Wishbones"||—||—||—||The Future in Whose Eyes?|
|"Cracks of Light" (featuring Spencer Sotelo)||—||—||—|
|2002||"(If You Weren't So) Perfect"||Greg Brimson|
|"How May I Help You?"|
|2003||"Scent of the Obscene"|
|2006||"Scent of the Obscene" (alternate version)||Patrick Ryan|
|"Bland Street Bloom"||Tim Fox|
|2015||"Philistine Philosophies"||Mikee Goodman|