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loaThe/i, The MaPMaker


Veteran tech metal mas­ter­minds lead a fre­netic night


of in­creas­ingly pro­gres­sive lu­nacy are I, THE MAPMAKER [7], whose dis­so­nant hard­core makes for a sub­lime rab­bler­ous­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. De­spite a small early crowd, the quin­tet over­come with a gut­tural per­for­mance as short, macabre mono­logues per­pet­u­ate the brief set, giv­ing the band an enig­matic edge that per­plexes and fas­ci­nates.

LOATHE [9] con­tinue to make their case as one of the UK’s best live acts. The Liver­pudlians de­mand at­ten­tion with a set that’s as vis­ceral as it is cin­e­matic. Un­der a veil of dark­ness, they bat­ter with en­er­gised, gritty ag­gres­sion sep­a­rated by darkly am­bi­ent in­ter­ludes. As his group con­cludes with the slow-build­ing Baby­lon…, singer

Kadeem France be­comes par­tic­u­larly volatile, find­ing ev­ery ex­cuse he can to hop the bar­ri­cade and roar in the faces of fired-up fans. Head­lin­ers SIKTH [8] pro­ceed to give a more stripped-back dis­play, opt­ing to let their math­e­mat­i­cal wiz­ardry and manic de­liv­ery carry the show. For long-time fol­low­ers of this Hert­ford­shire troupe, the setlist is a treat, favour­ing cuts from the in­flu­en­tial clas­sics The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out… and Death Of A Dead Day, all of which still sound as twisted as they did a decade-and-a-half ago. even in the ab­sence of lead gui­tarist Pin, Sikth em­u­late the magic of their records to a tee; co-vo­cal­ist Joe rosser crafts a melodic back­bone that lets Mi­kee Good­man and Dan Weller go wild on top with yelps and riffs that en­ter­tain long into the night.

Sikth’s Mi­kee Good­man takesSouth­amp­ton on a wild ride

Loathe refuse to be in any­one’s shadow

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