Magoa: Topsy Turvydom

Gallic upstarts give metal and mathcore a shock to the system

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As the tech band flood continues, it’s going to take something pretty different to stand out. France’s Magoa realise this. Like some mad BMTH-meets-HOAC mash-up, they stridently combine djent’s off-kilter crunch with a snarling singer, metalcore chants and hooks that’ll get us wetting our pants from the first note to the last beatdown.

The electro-brutality of Betraying Grace is a sweet moment, as is Walls Of The Damned – a dancefloor-worthy axe to the head harbouring pick-scrapes made famous by Gojira and a colossal chorus set to be a live favourite.

There’s commercial appeal to Topsy Turvydom (which is more than can be said for the title); check out the aptly named Party Time doing Papa Roach-on-speed with its solid riffs and boisterous chants or Broken Record mustering heady heights with sky-reaching vocals.

The scene can do with a band like this, who aren’t afraid to churn up metalcore fury with an electro blitzkrieg. Nice one, lads.

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.