DEATH OF A NEW DAY
Defiant UK metal merchants Sikth definitely play to their own beat judging by the 12-track DEATH OF A NEW DAY. Math-y chord progressions, hardcore breakdowns, speed metal excess, and nu-metal noisecore collide on tracks like "Another Sinking Ship", juxtaposing choppy power chords and crushing grooves that go above and beyond the call of duty. Artsy sans the pretense yet loaded with precision, this sextet's non-conformist songwriting recipes and masterful display of dynamics permit them to roam to a whimsical place where Faith No More, Mudvayne, Bullet for My Valentine, and Shadow Fall coexist and create insanely ornate metal gems. If you like controlled chaos, this is an album you need to own.