loaThe/i, The MaPMaker
ENGINE ROOMS, SOUTHAMPTON
Veteran tech metal masterminds lead a frenetic night
COMMENCING TONIGHT’S CAVALCADE
of increasingly progressive lunacy are I, THE MAPMAKER , 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  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  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