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Haken at the Islington Assembly Hall, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, London

Haken celebrate their 10th anniversary with Next To None and The Algorithm

It’s spring – hurray! – and all the clocks have gone forward. Confusingly, so has the stage time for Max Portnoy’s teenage prog metallers Next To None, so we miss their set entirely. Darn it, they would have been such a good start to tonight’s celebration of Haken’s 10th anniversary.

Big of backdrop but bijou of kit, Perpingnan duo The Algorithm fit Jean Ferry’s drums and Rémi Gallego’s keyboard, laptop and guitar rig front of stage, twiddle some settings and then blast off. They may hammer out relentless djent-powered techno rock, but they’re ready to tackle stadiums and Ibiza-sized megaclubs.

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