Loma Prieta
I.V.


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
January 7th, 2012 | 18 replies | 2,728 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Repeatedly delayed, the new Loma Prieta record has been one of the most anticipated releases in the emo/screamo scene lately. The release date being pushed back may have raised expectations higher but the original excitement was indeed palpable. The band’s previous work, brimming with potential, and the early glimpses of ‘I.V.’ we were afforded led many to believe that ‘I.V.’ would be Loma Prieta’s masterpiece. Loma Prieta’s most recent album, ‘Life/Less’, was an accomplished exercise in convoluted screamo but it did not quite carry the punch it was intended to, and so it made many fans believe Loma Prieta could better it. This belief started to become something of a reality with the streaming of the overtly melodic ‘Fly By Night’ - the album’s first track, and the first track we had the chance to listen to. Just when you thought the track was over it seemingly reached another peak of beautifully despairing, crashing riffs. It was a stunning display of the band’s ambitions and ever-improving compositional abilities, but more importantly it was an augury, and perhaps the most cathartic piece the band had ever written. Until now.

Torrential outpourings of octave chords, a tsunami of drums and the rumbling storm of the bass imbue ‘I.V.’ with a primal sense of power that makes for an exhaustively gripping listen. The onslaught is near-relentless, rarely offering the listener a chance to catch their breath. When a respite is offered, it augments the overall composition, counterpointing such visceral cacophony effectively, before it quickly crescendos to another breath-taking climax. Still, the most striking aspect of ‘I.V.’ is how bold it sounds. Guitar tones are thicker, the claustrophobic atmosphere is more tangible, and everything feels more urgent.

The changes made to the sound Loma Prieta has been diligently perfecting may only be slight, but these slight changes produce maximum effects. Their template of dark octave chords over an intricate rhythm section remains, but on ‘I.V.’ it feels fuller and more despairing than ever. This is partly due to the enhanced production values which render the riffs here heavier, the bass more prominent, and the dark, brooding atmosphere more profound. This is also due to subtly complex structuring which creates several peaks and troughs in the space of a single track (‘Fly By Night’) as well as from one track into another (the sparse, peaceful ‘Untitled’ into the abrupt release of tension in ‘Uniform’). Furthermore, the structuring of individual tracks and the ordering of the album as a whole offers remarkable fluidity. The overall effect of all this is an album that sounds simultaneously ferocious and surprisingly melodic. Moreover, it feels like a goddamn purge.

Loma Prieta have threatened to make this record for a long time– dense, abrasive and cathartic, ‘I.V.’ concisely amasses all that nearly made their previous records so great, and builds upon them with complex structuring and purer timbres. Missteps do occur – the Punch-esque bass-led stomps and the relatively crass, straightforward hardcore punk sections seem somewhat incongruous and superfluous – but these generally do little to disrupt the album’s raging flow. Overall, Loma Prieta’s highly anticipated fourth album was worth the wait. Subtly intricate yet imbued with primal tenacity, ‘I.V.’ is a sprawling, technical, and more importantly, highly emotive album. 2012 may only be a week old, but Loma Prieta has already set the bar pretty high.



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craigy2
January 7th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review in quite a while. I'm planning on writing much more regularly this year, but I'm sure university work will disrupt that.
Go and read Eli's review if you haven't already.

Rev
January 7th 2012



9382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

terrific review, as always man

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2012



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i sure wouldnt want this album to be put in when im dying!

sniper
January 7th 2012



18987 Comments


this is really good. the review.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

craigy2
January 7th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, guys! Can't wait to see these guys again, I reckon this album will sound amazing live!

sniper
January 7th 2012



18987 Comments


yeah seriously. are you from the area?

craigy2
January 7th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, living in SF for the year. You?
I caught them at Submission with Punch and Beau Navire a few months back - was impressed with all 3. In fact, it changed my opinion of them. As in, it gave me a newfound appreciation for them.

eternium
January 7th 2012



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sick review.

FelixCulpa
January 7th 2012



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, and a superb record. Hopefully the new The saddest landscape will be awesome as well.

allthatfollowedfell
January 7th 2012



23 Comments


Seeing these guys at a house show this saturday. Keen

craigy2
January 9th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice! with raein, right?

sniper
January 9th 2012



18987 Comments


I caught them at Submission with Punch and Beau Navire a few months back - was impressed with all 3. In fact, it changed my opinion of them. As in, it gave me a newfound appreciation for them.
yeah i was at that show. i think we talked about this already iirc. these new songs are really going to cause riots at submission.

craigy2
January 9th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, we did. can't remember where though. if i remember rightly their set was pretty riotous anyway. shit will most definitely kick off with 'i.v.' under their belts. any idea when they're playing next?

sniper
January 9th 2012



18987 Comments


not in america. haha but hopefully not too long. i wonder how any of those 3 bands get anything done with members always overseas

craigy2
January 9th 2012



551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aren't they overseas together? or, maybe they write individually while they're away and collaborate when they're in the city? who knows?! tbh as long as they continue to release music as good as this, hours and push/pull i'm not overly bothered

sniper
January 9th 2012



18987 Comments


agreed, love the sf scene.

NeutralThunder12
January 11th 2012



8742 Comments


holy shit this record is intense. It's like a straight up skramz converge fuck this is sick.

FelixCulpa
January 12th 2012



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This continues to rule. Such a great record.



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