Hacktivist - EP/Mini-album (Wake To Reality)

Such potential...
Release Date: 
11 Nov 2013 - 12:30am

This re-release of Hacktivist's EP (now with a couple of extra tracks) is packed with big fat djent riffs and maximum groove. It's got complicated time signatures and rhythms galore. But I just don't dig it, you dig? It's rap metal with the lyrics spat out machine-gun style (which I am particularly fond of) and it's got all the elements of a banging piece of work. But the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts in this instance. It just seems a tad too messy in too many places to be a cohesive whole and that pisses me off. Despite my old man nay-saying, I imagine that Hackivist will be hailed as the next big thing and everyone will get on board, leaving sad old Petersen on the island, naked and alone. And that's just the way I like it...

For me, even the Shikari Sound System remix of Elevate is thin; dubstep without the beef of the required bass. However the live version of Blades shows that this stuff is obviously improved by being played in the flesh, in a club, off your nut on your drugs of choice, and I almost got quite into it. Sadly rap metal is a very, very hit or miss affair and while this gets an A+ for effort, overall it's a C- at best. My advice is if you want rap metal, go listen to the Judgement Night soundtrack. Or wait a couple of years for Hacktivist to truly discover themselves and come good, which I have no doubt that they will.

I really did want to like it, honest...