Loma Prieta
I.V.


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick USER (4 Reviews)
June 19th, 2012 | 44 replies | 1,564 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Together or separate...

Together or separate… The first line you hear screamed with passion as the first song off this album “Fly by night” begins. Interesting, seeing as how Loma Prieta merges two different sides of the emotional spectrum so well, never really favoring separation or unity …I could call it seamless and its almost as though there letting you know early on what you in for. Enter Loma Prieta’s 4th album, I.V. This album has an extremely bold sound coming through in not just the emotional tug of war these songs play with you, or even the way there written but the production. This album has a very, very abrasive sound coming off as loud, piercing and ear shattering… in quite a positive way actually. To prove my point, take a look at a song like “ trilogy 6 Forgetting” towards the end of that track, the band puts together a nice chugging riff that, as the song progresses, gets louder and louder and louder until it is just a wall of static and noise. On the track “Trilogy 4 Momentary” blast beats show up giving that song some aggressive, grind like tones and a really nice fiery touch.

But quite possibly the most striking thing about this album is how well all that aggression and anger is balanced and offset. A lot of these tracks have a very strong sense of beauty, happiness, and hopefulness. How ever, Loma Prieta never shows a strong distinction between these sounds and emotions, rather a gradient. This album is never black or white. I.V. does a great job of being absolutely cold and dark while at the same time being humane and warm, and in my opinion, that is what makes this album such a thrill to listen to. Take a track like “Fly by night” (mentioned early in the review). This track starts off with a really grinding, crusty riff with guitar feed back sparkling in all directions and of course some loud, harsh bass tones. But it’s the ending of the track that makes it one of the best on the album. It may start loud and angry ( and don’t get me wrong it ends loud as well) but it progresses into wonderfully beautiful and victorious chords that are really bright, warm and happy, ending the song on a high note. This is without a doubt I.V.’s center piece, the track that, above all else, shows you what this band is all about.

The flow of these tracks is also what really makes these songs “click” if you will. There are twelve tracks on here, and there are 3 tracks towards the middle of the LP in a series of trilogies that make for a really nice middle ground for this album. While there is in no means a “bad song” on here, I fell all these tracks would be just slightly weaker if taken out of the context of the album. Each song is like a chapter, and what’s the point of reading a book if its missing chapters?. Of course the sounds and textures, emotions and moods of this album were without a doubt being built up over the course of Loma Prieta’s discography, but its not until now that they all come together so cohesively and so seamlessly. Also, a lot of these lyrics really bring that point home too. Lines like” what’s the point in changing if the world is going to stay the same” really set the tone for this album, a sad, overwhelmed and desperate tone at times but it’s a tone never lacking sincerity or honesty.

This is just a fantastic album, through and through. Warm emotions and cold sounds, abrasive and alienating, but at the same time its bright and willfully hopeful. This album is a force to be reckon with…and as the song “ uniform “ states…Loma Prieta will never die.


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heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if there are any grammar mistakes ( and am sure there will be ) leave a comment and il fix them

Thane
June 19th 2012



2109 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea agree

MyWife
June 19th 2012



367 Comments


this "album is human" review shtick is getting just a bit too retarded

MO
June 19th 2012



17357 Comments


not sure I'd enjoy this

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taylormemer
June 19th 2012



4887 Comments


Nah. Probably not I'd say. :/

Tyrael
June 19th 2012



20394 Comments


This fucking rules

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heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this "album is human" review shtick is getting just a bit too retarded
not sure i understand what your saying haha soory. are you asking me to review an album by a band Shtick? ahaha

MyWife
June 19th 2012



367 Comments





MO
June 19th 2012



17357 Comments




KILL7
June 19th 2012



91 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

m/

heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol why are all your comments just empty boxes haha

MyWife
June 19th 2012



367 Comments


doing the review shtick bro watch & learn

KILL7
June 19th 2012



91 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow..."mywife" i could really give two shits about your review lol. if you don't like mine that's fine but don't expect me to be on the look out for when of your brilliant reviews cuz its not ganna happan

MyWife
June 19th 2012



367 Comments


low blow bro


low blow

heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am just saying...its not cool to come to a review...insult it...then advertise your own upcoming review....thats just stupid

Havey
June 19th 2012



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting better at reviewing bro

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YankeeDudel
June 19th 2012



9290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea I used to stay away from anything labeled Emo, Post Hardcore, Screamo, or whatever but there are a bunch of bands that arent overly gay like this one.

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Spec
June 19th 2012



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its really good.

heartofchambers355
June 19th 2012



163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really dont know why all of you are so ignorant "gay" ? like wtf does that even mean can music be gay? thanks havey



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