UK grime-metal quintet Hacktivist have finally unveiled that Jot Maxi will be the new vocalist in the band. The band has also published 2 Rotten, a new version of a previous song featuring Jot.
Jot shared a few words about his new endeavor:
“I’ve got a bitter and violent burning nuclear fury in me which definitely shows in my voice and lyrics. It’s a pure rage about the direction politics and entertainment are taking this world. The stage is always where I’ve felt I can just be me and let my insanity out. When Timfy and I were discussing joining the band he mentioned how we worked so well in the studio recording “Rotten” for the first album, but he felt I’ve not really found the right platform yet. This is it.
I remember seeing J [Hurley, H co-frontman] on a night out and him telling me they’d just started a next-level new band. Once I’d met the rest of the guys there was talk about a collaboration & eventually I wrote the bars for the first version of “Rotten”. The rest is history really, it worked so well that when Ben announced he was leaving we all mutually felt it was only natural that I’d be the one to step in.”
Also guitarist/producer Timfy James had some comments about their new vocalist:
“When we parted ways with Ben we knew we wouldn’t have an easy task finding someone to fill his shoes. We decided it would be best to start from scratch and find a new element to the H formula instead of trying to find another Ben. Jot has brought a whole new presence to the mix – new and exciting flows, song concepts and general crazyness. It’s almost like he’s always been there.
2 Rotten is a strong enough platform for Jot to show the world what he’s all about. Jot has brought many different new qualities to the mix – new and exciting flows, song concepts and general craziness. He fits in well, almost like he’s always been there. What does the future hold? Expect filth and fire coming your way.”
As vital as they’ve ever been – if not more so, considering what a state the world is in – Hacktivist are back. Not only that, but with the addition of new vocalist and brother-in-arms Jot Maxi, they’re ready to take on Download Festival’s main stage in inimitable style. Following the amicable departure of Ben Marvin for personal reasons, Jot was the natural choice for a band who pride themselves on being impossible to categorize. It was his bars that illuminated debut album Outside The Box’s grimecore standout Rotten back in 2016, so it’s fitting that H come back with a heavy artillery rendering of that track…
Welcome to 2 Rotten.
Hacktivist, now comprising vocalists Jot and J Hurley, guitarist & producer Timfy James, bassist Josh Gurner and drummer Rich Hawking, today emerge from the lab battle-hardened and ready to go.
2 Rotten follows Hacktivist’s Over-Throne EP (read our review here), debut album Outside The Box (both 2016) and 2013’s self-titled EP.
New music is coming.