1. HOW MAY I HELP YOU?
|It has taken me ages to get into Sikth, I couldnt quite grasp the
unique vocal styles at first, but the more I listen to them the more I love
This is the follow up release to the immense Let The Transmitting Begin and the first release on Gut Records (home of Tom Jones). What initially strikes me is the sheer professionalism of this record. The artwork is outstanding, incredibly pop art and doesnt at all look like it houses this brutal band.
First track How May I Help You is a melting pot of stop, start rhythms and art-jazz guitar wizardry, underpinned with a monstrously heavy riff and near psychotic vocals. You can hear all their influences piled into this track, elements of Meshuggah and Mr Bungle pop up, but not at one point does it sound like a rip off of those bands. Suffice is a reworking of an older Sikth track. Again, this track is just immense; I cannot put into words how good it is. The track twists and turns, the listener just doesnt know what to expect next.
The real icing on the cake though is the Nick Cave cover Tupelo. The track shows a completely different side to the band. Mikee sounds much like Jim Foetus Thirwell as he sneers Caves vocal lines. Any words that I write could not justify how epic track sounds. From its brooding bass line the tracks rise to a crescendo that shows just how talented these guys are. In conclusion, Sikth deserve to be massive.
9/10 - Dan Burton (5th October, 2002)