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Hactivist: Outside The Box

Album Review

21st-century rap-metal delivered with passion

Given the near-four-year gap between the release of their self-titled debut EP and Outside The Box, you could argue that Hacktivist have failed to capitalise on the immediate impact their genre-splicing sound made back in 2012.

But if this fiery effort proves anything, it’s that Hacktivist remain unique in modern metal, not to mention ever further away from the djent scene that spawned them. Although the band’s formula remains an intelligent blend of thunderous, tech-metal grooves and scattershot rhymes from frontmen J Hurley and Ben Marvin, chief songwriter Timfy James has audibly refined and redefined his band’s direction, and the result is a cohesive and sonically devastating paean to creative freewheeling and the unstoppable energy of youth gone feral.


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