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Elec­tro-met­allers make a stand in their home town

A mod­er­ately busy

Dome greets The One

Hun­dred as they walk out on­stage, flanked by glow­ing sym­bols. If there is one crit­i­cism of the band’s per­for­mance tonight, it’s that they don’t seem to be overly up for it at first. The first song and a half feel a shade forced, but the band’s en­ergy, and specif­i­cally the charisma of front­man Ja­cob Field, re­ally help to kick ev­ery­thing into gear. The Lon­don­ers soon take to it like sea­soned pros, and waste very lit­tle time in get­ting the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tems in the room pump­ing. Apart from get­ting ev­ery­body to crouch down (note to front­men ev­ery­where: if you’re not Corey Tay­lor, please stop do­ing this), Ja­cob is an ideal front­man, and the rest of the band are no slouches ei­ther. Col­lec­tively, they’ve come a long way in the three years since they were hand­ing out demos af­ter play­ing only their sec­ond ever show at Cam­den Rocks fes­ti­val. Their songs sound much meatier live, and the elec­tronic el­e­ments are more so­phis­ti­cated than many of their con­tem­po­raries’.

While these parts are played on a back­ing track, it doesn’t ever feel like the band are lean­ing too heav­ily upon it, and the gui­tar and bass are both re­as­sur­ingly loud.

With En­ter Shikari’s new al­bum be­ing more main­stream in sound, the fu­ture is very bright for The One Hun­dred, who could find them­selves as the new elec­tro-metal hy­brid heroes for a new gen­er­a­tion of fans, and judg­ing by the crowd re­ac­tion tonight, that’s not too far-fetched an idea.

The One Hun­dred’s Ja­cob Field: a strap­ping young lad

Phil Kneller be­daz­zles

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