Bill Friese – vocals, Eric Britt – guitar, Ken Campbell – drums and Darren McClelland – bass bring to the surface pieces from a shattered universe, while their music have roots back to bands such as Deftones, Tool, System Of A Down and Korn. Actually, they name as their influences bands such as Mudvayne, Tool, Killswitch Engage, Incubus, Gojira, Deftones, Lamb of god, Sevendust, 40 Below Summer, Meshuggah, Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anyway, these American guys from St. Louis, Missouri, delivering some dark, contorted and sometimes quite strange, but sparkling and beautiful, still heavy enough, modern metal.
Instead bio they serve us philosophy: “Conjured by the Infinite alignments of the Kosmos and forged in the Abstracts of the Great Unknown a shard of Hope buried deep within Mankind emerges in the cycle of Life that brings the change to dawn a New Age. Sequestered by the endless disappointments of the this world coupled with the depravities ensued by the askew nature plaguing it Sicfaist is born. Waging a compositional crusade beyond the sentient shores of Freedom they embark on a melodic quest across the boundaries of perceivable time and space – back through the depths of endless Possibility. This progressive fusion based approach to alternative Metal is intended to be a journey through the musical spectrum as well as provide relief from the institutional homogenization paralyzing the Evolution of expression.”
But much more important, they served us 10 great, colour and powerful (post-modern) metal songs, a glowing, flowing, vibrating and groovy album full of inspired and exciting themes. One moment they can be killer-like Pantera or Korn and in the very next one they twist and turn into some mysterious and gloomy, experimental theme reminding of Tool, Deftones or Coal Chamber.
“Road Unknown” it’s quite intense and beautiful, heavy and simultaneously beautiful and experimental, extremely inspired and quite unique in its way, Sicfaist managed to bring to the surface their own universe and found their own sound by blending some existent elements through their own filter.
This might be one of the best experimental metal albums of the year.