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UK rap metallers Hacktivist performed for the first time in India at the BIG69 festival. They were headliners of the Red Bull Tour Bus on 18th January.

Me with 4/5th of the band

Me with 4/5th of the band

After performing at festivals like Sonisphere, Download, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, UK rap metallers Hacktivist will be performing for the first time in India. They will headline the Red Bull Tour Bus on 18th January.

“It feels amazing,” said vocalist Ben Marvin about their first gig in India at the BIG69. “It’s crazy we have a fan base already in India! None of us have been there before so we’re really looking forward to embracing the culture. Even if we are only there for a few days!”

The band got together in 2011. “J [Hurley, rapper] was recording his solo stuff at Tim’s [James, guitarist/vocalist/producer] studio and while he was there he spat some bars over a metal project Tim had been working on,” said Ben about how the band started out. “I then jumped on the tune as well and we put it online. The rest is history!”

The band also has Josh Gurner on bass and Rich Hawking on drums. Last month they toured UK with Dead Harts and The One Hundred. Ben said, “The tour went really well. It was very intense and there was hardly any days off. It was very full on. Both support bands were sick and good to be on the road with.”

Hacktivist’s self-titled EP was critically acclaimed across the world. “It started as just me, Tim & J,” said Ben about the release. “After releasing ‘Hacktivist’ & ‘Cold Shoulders’ we then got Josh & Rich on board and wrote the rest of the EP. It all came together and we were extremely happy with every track. We got a big reaction to the release, worldwide, like you said. We never thought it would be so well received. It started as an experiment, just us fucking around with different genres and now we’re in a serious touring band.”

One of the most popular tracks by the band is a cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘N***as In Paris’. “Tim originally did the cover himself aside from Hacktivist,” said Ben. “It went down really well with fans so we then decided to cover it properly as a band and play out live. I’m happy we did this as it’s brought us to the attention of many people who may not have heard us otherwise. Our fans go crazy to this tune at our shows!”

The band is working on their first album. They have released 2 singles from the album so far, ‘False Idols’ and ‘Deceive and Defy’.

“The album still has the Hacktivist sound but is different from the EP,” said Ben describing the album. “Our sound has evolved. I think existing fans will dig it but it will also bring in new fans. We’ve experimented more. There’s heavier shit and also softer shit. There’s both technical and simple aspects.”

There is have no release date as yet but they plan on releasing the album as early as possible this year. Currently the band are touring with Enter Shikari around Europe and will then head to India to perform at BIG69. “We’ll then finish off the recording for the album.” said Ben about their plan for the rest of the year. “Other than that we have no plans set in stone but hopefully will be touring as much as possible and starting to write album number 2!”

“We look forward to coming to your country and showing you what Hacktivist is about!” said Ben signing off.

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March 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Escher’s Knot

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The excitement is slowly building up amongst metalheads across India, with just over 2 weeks to go for Mumbai’s only metal festival, BIG69. The headliners for the 2 day festival are legends Carcass, progressive metal act Sikth as well as Italian metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse and UK rap metallers Hacktivist. The festival taking place at the Richardson & Cruddas industrial compound in Byculla on the 17th and 18th of January, 2015 will also feature some of the biggest Indian bands such as Demonic Resurrection, Undying Inc, Zygnema, Kryptos and others.

(Left to Right) Manu Krishnan, Siddhartha Ramanathan, Abijith Rao, Madhav Ayachit, Anshuman Mishra

(Left to Right) Manu Krishnan, Siddhartha Ramanathan, Abijith Rao, Madhav Ayachit, Anshuman Mishra

One of the bands performing at the festival are Escher’s Knot from Bangalore. The band got together in July 2009 and since then they have opened for bands like Lamb of God, Lacuna Coil and Hammerfall. They were recently listed as one of the 20 best metal bands in the indian indie scene by Pepsi MTV Indies.

I spoke to their vocalist Abijith Rao about their upcoming album, the Septic Progression gigs and also playing at the BIG69 festival. Read the interview on Pepsi MTV Indies.

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January 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

Albatross interview

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Albatross started as a project of Riju “Dr. Hex” Disgupta in 2008. “The idea was to create music inspired in the traditional side of metal; with different sets of musicians. But after a while, I realized that back in 2008, there was only 1 set of musicians who were actually into this kind of music. Those guys eventually became Albatross.” said Riju about the origins of the band. “Those who heard us back then were confused. ‘Werz the growlz bro?’ ‘Hi hatz ned 2 be louD’ ‘So mani soloz lulz’. But by the grace of Odin, today people not only get the music but look forward to catching us live as well.”

The horror themed music got the attention of King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque who mastered their first EP ‘Dinner is You‘ that released in 2010. In 2012, they released ‘The Kissing Flies’ EP as part of a split CD with American doom metal band Vestal Claret. The EP featured guest vocals from Niklas ‘Viper’ Stalvind (Wolf) and Sahil ‘Demonstealer’ Makhija (Demonic Resurrection).


I spoke to vocalist Biprorshee Das and bassist Riju Dasgupta about their upcoming album ‘Fear from the skies‘ and also playing at the BIG69 festival for Pepsi MTV Indies.

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December 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

BIG69 Festival + SikTh interview

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2015 is going to start off with a bang for Indian metalheads; the biggest metal festival in India, BIG69 will take place in Mumbai on the 17th & 18th of January. The headliners are British death metal legends Carcass, British prog metal band SikTH, Italian death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse and British rap metal band Hacktivist. The festival will feature Indian bands like Demonic Resurrection, Kryptos, Undying Inc and many more. Bombay Metal Project and Joint Family will put on special performances. The latter are performing live after 5 years. With a total of 22 bands over 2 days, it’s going to be indeed a “Heavy” metal festival.

I spoke to Sikth’s vocalist Mikee Goodman about their reunion and also playing at the BIG69 Festival for Pepsi MTV Indies


BIG69, named after the now legendary venue ‘B69’, will be held at Richardson and Cruddas. The former industrial estate has hosted quite a few rock/metal concerts recently.

SikTh are considered by some to be the “forefathers of British progressive metal”. Their albums, The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild and Death Of Death Day have influenced bands across the world. Mumbai hardcore band Scribe used to cover Pussyfoot when they first started out.

“It’s an exciting prospect to come to India, let alone playing a show.” said vocalist Mikee Goodman about playing their first gig in India. “It’s somewhere I have heard a lot about, from a lot of people. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The band performed for the first time in 7 years at the Download festival earlier this year. “It feels great to sing the songs again, playing to crowds like ours that participate like they do.” said Mikee about their reunion gig. “I think our crowds are among the most energetic there are. Really enjoying ourselves at the moment.”

Since the band disbanded in 2008, the members have been busy with different musical projects. Mikee with Primal Rock Rebellion, featuring Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and drummer Dan Foord and an experimental band Outpatients. Graham “Pin” Pinney with progressive metal band Aliases. Dan Weller with pop band In Colour. “Over many years we talked it over when seeing each other, then one year everyone agreed, and we went forward with it,” said Mikee about how the reunion took place.

There have been a rise in the number of progressive & Djent bands since SikTh disbanded, Mikee says “I don’t know much about Djent or many progressive Metal bands of today to be honest. I listen to many different styles of music. But not necessarily those you mentioned. Although if you talk about bands like Tool being prog metal. I like them a lot.”

In October, the band performed at the fifth edition of the Silence festival in Nepal along with electronic metal act The Algorithm. “It was a unique and warm experience for our band. We really enjoyed ourselves and we were taken care of well.” said Mikee about their gig in Nepal. “Our experience left us wanting to go back!”

For those who have been wondering if there will be another release soon from SikTh, Mikee states “We will not release a new album, if we released even a song I would be surprised as there are no songs written yet. We have no definite plans apart from India. So we have to wait and see.”

“Our fans can expect an intense and energetic show for sure,” said Mikee about what fans can expect from their set at BIG69. “We plan on playing our full headline set, no holding back. But we want full crowd participation, I heard this show shall be filmed!” This is going to be a set that no one will want to miss out on.

(Photo taken from the sikTh facebook page)

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December 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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