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SikTh — Opacities

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ This EP is an excellent return from the long-dormant but well-beloved prog metal quartet. Their djent stylings are less front-and-center this time around, which I think is appropriate given the state of the subgenre. More importantly, you’ve got great headbanging moments, interesting chord progressions, and their best production to date. There’s an overall “calling card” vibe that permeates the whole record, however; partially the EP’s brevity is to blame, but some of the tracks themselves also feel rushed or incomplete. Also, the inclusion of a two-minute spoken word track is a cardinal sin. But even with those complaints, this is a must-listen.