Sound — 10
SikTh provide many reference points in their sound. At times they'll hit a crazed shuddering groove that could be compared to Meshuggah. Occasionally, a melody will rear its head that could sit brilliantly on a Nick Cave CD. Other times, the madness evens out into a comparatively more straight forward metal idea. Though straight forward is not a phrase that should be used to describe any of this bands work. Crazed contortions of guitar, drum and bass, hammer out endless mazes of riffs, leading you down a sinister, dissonant road before bringing you back with a jaw-breaking groove. Guitars twist and spasm from ugly atonal dirges into moments of sweeping beauty. Rarely, however, does this shapeshifting lunacy feel forced or random. In fact, there is an ever present fluidity and cohesion to these songs. A moment of Dillinger-esque autism can turn into a clean sung chorus, and the song still manages to maintain a sense of symmetry.
Lyrics — 9
SikTh have two vocalists. Rather than having one singer and a screamer, the vocals here are divided roughly equally. Justin Hill provides the more "normal" side, his pitch perfect croon counterbalanced by a harsh high pitched scream. Mikee Goodman, the dreadlocked figure in all those promo shots, brings something a little more unusual to the plate. As a vocalist, he is extremely skilled. But it is his delivery that sets him apart. Pulling of a remarkable variety of voices, Mikee brings an almost Mike Patton-esque edge to the music. Rage fuelled preachers, melancholic introverts, acid addled freaks; he inhabits these songs with a nameless cast of characters and brings the lyrics to life. Speaking of lyrics, DOADD carries with it a considerable variety of messages. Whilst the main theme of the album is that of mankinds damage to the environment, relationships, that ever reliable literacy staple, are also covered. Mikee presents us with another spoken word piece, his last one being on SikTh's previous album, and it's presence provides a moment of eerie calm amidst a storm of noise.
Overall Impression — 10
People would probably use the word tech to describe a band such as SikTh. Whilst the implications of this word are correct, it drags with it the stereotype of a certain level of soulessness. DOADD has soul in buckets. Beneath its high-tech, sleek exterior, lies something far more primordial. A sense of the ancient. There is an artfulness present that pulls this light years ahead of other metal bands. DOADD fuses new and old, and amidst the chaotic riffing and odd time lunacy, it manages to make room for calm and pathos, never once feeling strangled or rushed. It paints for us a surrealist picture of a world gone to shit, and whilst it's delivery is one of many directions, it's primary message is crystal clear.