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Definitely a Worthy Purchase.
on 17 November 2006
I was very excited to hear this album when it came out, as the first album was the most original, energetic and addictive piece of 'metal' I had ever heard.
So when I listened to it, I was very disappointed, of course. This is Sikth's second album, which makes it instantly less likable to me. The band ditched some of their quirky experimentalism - not the best idea, in my opinion. And they became twice as technical as before, and as I really don't care about being technical, the album did not seem to be doing so well. Also, I don't really like the title.
However further listening and seeing them live showed me that the band hasn't lost JACK, it has merely americanised somewhat and turned towards technicality. This doesn't mean anything, because no matter what direction they go in, they will produce the most insanely mental songs imaginable.
It's like "The Trees Are Dead . . ." all over again. You know, when you want to listen to it very loud, pretty much all day long. Of course, like with the first album, I NEVER listen to the whole album. I listen to the four or five tracks, and I'm sorted. The others aren't worth bothering with. All the songs everybody else mentioned are great, so I won't list, but I will ask that you listen to 'Summer Rain' some more. It's really great, really really great. The guitar solo is rubbish, but the rest of the song is amazing!
This album has some properly exceptional stuff on it, and some stuff I wouldn't ever listen to, so I recommend it to everyone. However, if you loved the first album, it may take quite a few listens until you inevitably get sucked in to the awesomeness.