Hacktivist
Hacktivist


4.5
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Review

by Philip Whitehead USER (27 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 336 replies | 14,763 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine a twisted mashup of Meshuggah, Rage Against the Machine and Professor Green, and Rap-Djent is born. Rejoice!

10 of 16 thought this review was well written

First, a bit of backstory: After leaving rising UK metal group Heart of a Coward, Timfy James started making jams with grime rapper J Hurley. After realising they were onto something, they recruited a full lineup including Sacred Mother Tongue's Josh Gurner on bass, and Hacktivist emerged. Their fusion of different styles (predominantly grime and the "is-it-isn't-it" genre djent) quickly made waves in the underground scene and caught the attention of publications such as Metal Hammer and MetalSucks, with each publication either highly praising or strongly damning this new approach. Now we have a full release by which we can judge them: the self-titled EP, HACKTIVIST.

The EP is full to the brim of chugging "djent" riffs accompanied by J Hurley and Ben Marvin rapidly spitting lyrics, and while many wouldn't trust this to work (myself being a doubter), it combines extremely well. The opening track, "New Age" is short and sweet and sets us up nicely for the rest of the EP. Plenty of atmosphere and djenty goodness in just over a minute. The two frontmen don't have as much to do in this track but still contribute a memorable chant throughout. "Unlike Us", the EP's lead single (and the group's breakthrough track) is a slower track with more basic rapping from Hurley and Marvin and, for unknown reasons, is unjustly drawing scrutiny and comparisons to the nu metal/rap metal scene of the early 00s which, frankly, baffles me, as it feels like people are trying to pidgeonhole this band in with the likes of Limp Bizkit despite little similarity in terms of musical style, rapping, and many other things which lead me to believe that the comparisons are sheer ignorance.

"Blades", another track which has earned daytime airplay on BBC Radio One (fitting in nicely with Adele and co.), probably has the most grime influence music-wise, with a more droning beat and increased electronics. The singing isn't the best in the world but it fits in nicely with the song and doesn't really have any detrimental effect on the song as a whole. The rapping is still top notch and if more of this fills the airwaves then I'm not complaining, whereas the title track, re-recorded from an early demo, is much improved and introduces screaming to the established Hacktivist style and "Cold Shoulders" is, in my personal opinion, the standout track on this EP and closes it well. It's memorable, has a chorus which is easy to shout along to at shows and is essentially the best of everything else that has been shown on this EP. Hacktivist are on to something big here and hopefully they release an album soon before the copycats emerge to completely dilute this interesting take on djent.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Rap-Djent oh boy!

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DatsNotDaMetulz
November 13th 2012



1745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's seriously awesome. I know what you're thinking, I thought it at first too.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



6987 Comments


here we go, derp methul for da masses bru

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 13th 2012



1745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I suggest checking out a song or two before judging. If MetalSucks hates it while Metal Hammer and
Terrorizer love it then clearly they're doing something right.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



6987 Comments


I'll give it a go then, Hammer doesn't really impress me but i give Terrorizer a skim through every so often.

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28702 Comments


wtf


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KjSwantko
November 13th 2012



9261 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. Album sounds gay as fuck but I'll check it out anyway.

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28702 Comments


noice

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 13th 2012



1745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My next review is meant to by Sylencer's debut which I've head for over a month now but 16 tracks is a lot to get through for a review when I have uni stuff to do. A 5 track EP is much easier.

KjSwantko
November 13th 2012



9261 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

You don't have to do a track by track review...

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 13th 2012



1745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but it's the whole cutting it down and finding time to listen through the entire thing. I've attempted track by track on a full album before (see my While She Sleeps review) and it didn't end too well.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



6987 Comments


Sputnik angry when user tbt's lol

StagnantWords
November 13th 2012



318 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This reminds me of factory 81, except a shit ton heavier. This band has potential, but this effort is borderline shitty.

Yazz_Flute
November 13th 2012



18769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's okay. It feels more gimmicky than authentically good though.

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necromechanical
November 13th 2012



519 Comments


i fucking LOVE this band, appeals to my love for metal and rap, but not shitty as fuck

oltnabrick
November 13th 2012



30523 Comments


Hacktivist covering Niggas in Paris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJfQnt0Has

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Detective Dan
November 13th 2012



169 Comments


Listened to a few tracks. Not digging this. I agree with Yazz_Flute - it doesn't really sound like a good mesh.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



6987 Comments


gratz on a feature.

FictionalFlames
November 13th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Sounds gay

KINGSTATICTHETHIRD
November 13th 2012



613 Comments


so how is this any different than scare don't fear



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