The Brit tech metal outfit, SikTh (www.facebook.com/sikthofficial). The guys just arrived last week, as part of the ‘Sonic Unrest Tour,’ in direct support of Periphery, on their first ever tour on this side. They’ll be at Mr Smalls Saturday August 27.
SikTh formed in ’99, although spent the better part of 2008-2014 on hiatus & returned publicly, headlining the Red Bull Stage at Download, in ‘14.
They’re cited by a lot of bands as an influence, including the headliner, and are kind of a cornerstone that helped launch the djent tone/scene – along with the mighty Meshuggz.
This past December, they digitally released a new 6-track offering, on Peaceville, called ‘Opacities’ (and right after, hit the road with Slipknot). It’s their first new music in 10 years and will be physically released on LP/Cd versions, also on Peaceville, on September 16. For a sample, the new-ish track ‘Philistine Philosophies’ can be seen/heard @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8C0-8FACWo.
Chon and Toothgrinder round out the package for the 23-city trek, beginning August 4 in Raleigh, N.C. A full list of dates can be seen below. Stream a new teaser video for the upcoming trek on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/gG8QBJLyo-U. SikTh vocalist Mikee Goodman comments: “Touring America has always been a huge goal for SikTh; up to this point it hasn’t been possible, but we’re pleased to announce we are finally coming over as direct support to Periphery in August! August is a significant month in our career as it marks the 16th anniversary of our first release (‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild’). We’ve taken our time, but this is a great tour and opportunity to play for our very patient fans in the U.S. and also make new fans!” SikTh is touring in support of its ‘Opacities’ mini-album, available on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/Opacities_Digital.
‘Opacities’ will also see a physical release in North America this September 16 via Peaceville. Recorded at Lincoln’s Chapel Studios and produced by SikTh’s own Dan Weller and Justin Hill (mixed by Forrester Savell [Karnivool, Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus]), ‘Opacities’ was described by guitarist Dan Weller as a “more thoughtful, heavier, more refined” record. This is demonstrated in the video for “Philistine Philosophies,” which was directed and created by Mikee W. Goodman and can be seen online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8C0-8FACWo. ‘Opacities’ marks the first SikTh release since taking a hiatus in 2008 before reforming at the U.K.’s Download Festival in 2014.
1. Behind the Doors 2. Philistine Philosophies 3. Under the Weeping Moon 4. Tokyo Lights 5. Walking Shadows 6. Days are Dreamed
“Sonic Unrest Tour” dates: 8/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre 8/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 8/06 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre 8/07 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 8/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall 8/09 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues 8/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room 8/12 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues 8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent 8/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 8/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre 8/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox 8/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex 8/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 8/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre 8/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom 8/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection 8/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 8/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre 8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts 8/30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 8/31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 9/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage SikTh is: Pin – guitar Dan Weller – guitar Dan Foord – drums James Leach – bass Mikee W. Goodman – vocals Joe Rosser – vocals (Justin Hill – vocals on ‘Opacities’) SikTh online: http://www.sikth.band https://www.facebook.com/sikthofficial https://twitter.com/sikthofficia