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Sikth / Hacktivist / Destrage

Live Review

Venue: Academy 3, Manchester

Tech-metal pioneers go north and conquer

In the early 00s, UK ‘mathcore’ pioneers Sikth blew minds addled by years of lumpen nu metal, then split before getting the recognition they deserved.

Nine years later, new EP Opacities has landed and the band are on a supporting tour that’ll hopefully prove their continued relevance. Before we find out, DESTRAGE [4], whose metalcore sounds huge on record, prove that studio polish is all well and good until you have to replicate it live. HACKTIVIST [6] need to get a move on, a crowd driven rabid by their mixture of grimy raps and overly simplistic djent having already waited too long for a debut album.

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