LOATHE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews Albums. Lives. Merch. - DANNII LEIVERS

HAR­BIN­GER

BLACK HEART, LON­DON

Tech new­bies HAR­BIN­GER [8] seem gen­uinely over­whelmed by the ra­bid head­bang­ing, air­punch­ing re­sponse to tracks from their Hu­man Dust EP. Not only are they per­fectly crafted jux­ta­po­si­tions of groove and tech­ni­cal­ity, there’s also stacks of melody to cling to. Liver­pool’s

LOATHE [9] caused quite a com­mo­tion when they dropped their seething de­but, The Cold

Sun. Their seam­less amal­ga­ma­tion of sin­is­ter elec­tron­ica and den­sity twists Ar­chi­tects-es­que at­mo­spher­ics into in­tim­i­dat­ing, in­dus­trial shapes. Vi­o­lent pits, bathed in blood-red light, break out to Loathe, and front­man Kadeem France spends half the set bat­tling with fans try­ing to grab the mic to scream his apoca­lyp­tic lyrics them­selves.

‘Was I not jus­ti­fied in what I did? You did not de­serve to live’ he re­peats, pac­ing like a caged beast, be­fore Rest; In Vi­o­lence ex­plodes in a mael­strom of dark­ness. An ex­cel­lent show­ing from two of tech metal’s most ex­cit­ing up­com­ing bands.

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