I wouldn't listen.
"AS THE DOOOVES RAINS BLOOOOD!"
"That's great, but have you listened to the whole album?"
AS THE DOVES RAINS BLOOOOD!!!"
"AS THE DOOOVES RAAAAAIIINS BLOOOOOOOODDDD!!"
No I hadn't. And I still refused to, until being out of orange juice made me spin the whole thing in my left ear on accident. It's rare taking so long to discover a band from the moment you first heard of them - over a year. The truth being that "Bland Street Bloom" was good enough to cover that said timespan. From the dreaming intro, tho the crushing start ("Som Meshuggah, typ? "Ja.") into the chaotic thrash verse, abridging the clean vocals DONE RIGHT chorus - it truly is a versatile and equally head-bending song - the only one to cross Staffan's lips when I drunk as a skunk would press him against the wall, craving for "ONE good breakdown!"
Now. SikTh. Underground prodigies, waffle virtuosos, men of mystery. Many are the trails and paths they've trodded since the break-up in 2008. A pop project trail here, a producer trail there, a math metal band trail here, a drum teacher trail here. But whatever they do, they still seem to (rather unfortunately, maybe) get a constant restrain from the unionized screams of 'Reunion! Reunion! Reunion!'. So much, in fact, that they for a while ago scrapped together some sort of facebook page, ffor the release of some new t-shirts.
'Death of a Dead Day' is the groups second, and best, album. And by that, it's one of the best albums. Ever. Productionally, it's louder, dirtier, kind of a sidesy leap from the more cleaner 'The trees are dead..', (What's their deal with death, anyway?) and not just mixing; the whole album seems drier, grimmer. And the reason you notice it is because SikTh is one of few to fullly master the art in displaying raw, unhinged emotions whilst screaming one right in the face. What makes these two albums so great and so 'ahead of their time' is their way to abhor all finished boundaries for genres and style, expressing what they feel and what they want to play with a freedom few musicians dare to approach. And when you look at the separate trails the members trodded after the break-up, you start to see how their two albums is not an entirely new genre, but an ailenating juxtaposition of many existing - Pin's love for atonal, crazy-azz finger tapping and shredding, Foord and whats-his-name-the-bassist's pillar of metallic groove, Justin's and Dan's love for emotion and melody, and Mikee's schizophrenial insanity vocals comes together in what is some of the most tastefully varied music I've ever heard.
And that's what made me get to not only Bland Street Bloom, but the entire album - the acoustic verse of In This Light. When I realized that this band is not only capable of much, much more than just melodic yet thrashy metal - they're GOOD at much, much more than just melodic yet thrashy metal. Yes, SikTh's strongest strength is their tasteful variety. They mix, they blend, they experiment - but they make it come together as sense-making and coherent from first note to last. And when we in Deathember first started taking SikTh to a liking, it was not as much that as it was bolt-speeded solos. But as time went, and Going Postal was recorded, we realized that what we truly wanted to make was an album as tastefully varied as Death of a Dead Day. We wanted an album where no song was alike the other - where SikTh had the fast Bland Street Bloom, the slower Sanguine Seas, the calming In This Light, the weirdsy Mermaid Slur and the epic As The Earth Spins Round, we wanted to cram melodi party jams like Unending Thirst And Repeat And Remind together with an omnious 3-piece concept song, the slow Amnesiac and the punksy Spirals. Whether or not we succeeded is not for us to decide. But we are certain that for an ambition to build an album, or several albums on, it certainly holds WAAAATERRRRRRR.