Loma Prieta
I.V.


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
April 17th, 2013 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Loma Prieta - I.V.

A lot of times I find it hard to believe that great things come in packages but when I think of bands like Loma Prieta I find myself believing just that. Yet another band to spawn from the Californian scene, Loma Prieta shares members with bands ranging from Punch to Beau Navire. Their recent signing with hardcore heavyweights Deathwish Inc. would lead some, myself included, to believe Loma to be a new, up and coming band, yet a quick search through their history will reveal that they have been a fully functioning until for a while now, steadily releasing material for the past half-decade. Delving into their back catalog, Loma Prieta caused waves with their debut Last City and has been on a systematic path of destruction for three albums, and as you could probably guess by now, their Deathwish debut, I.V., is their fourth full length that sees Loma continuing upon that very same destructive path, gaining momentum and speed all the while.

I.V. is Loma Prieta’s heaviest album to date. Bar none. Where previous albums went through the motions of exploring the fringe edges of post-hardcore and even emo, I.V. breaks this mold and is a brute shot of emoviolence for nearly its entire run through. While previous lighter elements can be sniffed out after multiple listens, they are merely tertiary in its influences and ultimately negligible. I mean, just look at the continuation of the “Trilogy” suite that Loma expands upon from their debut. Starting things off with a bang on “Trilogy 4 ‘Momentary’”, the corkscrew drum pattern only descends into nearly uncontrolled chaos the likes of which Ampere can only wish to harness. Yet following the destruction of “4” only serves to prepare the listeners ears for another round of sonic battery with “Trilogy 5 ‘Half Cross’”, which is a minute and a half exploration of how many times the band can approach the mark of making your ears burst before finally giving some respite (although ‘respite’ would is an almost laughable term to describe it) in the form of the fully fleshed out song of “Trilogy 6 ‘Forgetting’”. Taking influences from more common acts like Converge, the three minute Trilogy finisher is a fitting climax for I.V. before delving into a more streamlined sound in the final four songs (“Untitled” not included).

The production on I.V. will undoubtedly serve as a stumbling block for many listeners not accustomed to all things screamo or Loma related. Produced by Jack Shirley of Comadre fame (who also produced my 2011 favorite, Roads To Judah), I.V. sounds like it was put through analog tape before being recorded, and the sound of it results in a very treble heavy sonic assault that emphasis’ the vocalist of Loma just as much as the guitar rampage throughout the entire listen. Initially thinking that the mastering was done all the wrong ways, the sound of I.V. is a developed taste that may or may not attract listeners to the sound that Loma has prepared for their ears. In other words, approach this album with caution, as even the general sound behind the band is enough to draw some away from I.V.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2013


50362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

15 months late, right on

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sniper
April 16th 2013


19049 Comments


omg rating too low

and how is it possible you didn't listen to these dude before they signed to dw

GhettoHmbrglr
April 17th 2013


578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still listen to this sometimes

sniper
April 17th 2013


19049 Comments


this is the best skram album of the last 5 years easily

demigod!
April 17th 2013


44381 Comments


best one that i've heard

but yknow i dont modern skramz much

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2013


10198 Comments


You back for real, dawg?

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


6448 Comments


Love this album, although I don't like screamo in general.

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2013


6109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welcome back bruh

Kman418
April 17th 2013


10465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk about this being the best skram album of the last 5 years but it's up there

sniper do you go on CMHWAK at all cause that's the only place i've seen people call it skram without it being a typo lol

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sniper
April 17th 2013


19049 Comments


nah i started using it ironically but now it's just in the vocab ya know

Kman418
April 17th 2013


10465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i get you

demigod!
April 17th 2013


44381 Comments


bring back screamo

BigPleb
April 17th 2013


36631 Comments


Album is furious.

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Kman418
April 17th 2013


10465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

skramz is so much more fun to say tho demi

sniper
April 17th 2013


19049 Comments


'skramz' sounds really dumb and 'screamo' is almost universally misunderstood.

#emoproblems

demigod!
April 17th 2013


44381 Comments


i love the term screamo cuz it makes perfect sense

skramz just sounds like nothing

#fuckthemainstreamagreed

BigPleb
April 17th 2013


36631 Comments


#ILLSTAYGAAAAAALLLDDDD

Kman418
April 17th 2013


10465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg don't u guys know screamo isn't a genre its just a term ppl use for screamy music god ur so dum

-every youtube commentor ever

demigod!
April 17th 2013


44381 Comments


every music ever with screams is screamo

nirvana is screamo

Kman418
April 17th 2013


10465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk how people even started misinterpreting the term to start with



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