Loathe (UK)
I Let It In And It Took Everything


5.0
classic

Review

by Tranqyl USER (10 Reviews)
February 8th, 2020 | 170 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bathing in the pulsing moonlight.

Humans are fickle things. Prone to violence, peace, and deep-seated emotions. Loathe are not the first band whose music seems to capture a complete picture of the emotional spectrum of humanity. There have been countless before them, but only one in my view truly capitalized on it - Deftones. The whole musical structure of that band deviated between grotesque, pumping violence and dreamy, drugged-up sexuality. They were masters of their time, but eventually a band had to explore their sound with first-rate success and infuse it with new themes. Loathe brings an interesting hand to the table by capitalizing on that aesthetic with the masterful blend of post-apocalyptic atmosphere that soaked through their last album. This is not only a classic soundtrack in the making, but a band pushing themselves to heights that are staggering to imagine them passing. It’s fear, it’s love, it’s sex, it’s violence, but more than anything else it is anthemically human.

At first glance, the lack of a powerful backstory makes this album a little harder to quantify. If there was no death, or love, or storm, as is the spark of most masterpieces, it seems as if it would be harder to ascertain just what inspired such success. Yet, I disagree. This is not an album that can be boxed into the fuel chamber that powers most albums. Sure, there’s been a trend recently for Metalcore to move towards a more progressive sound, but considering their last album, it seems as if Loathe is more interested in creating a sonic weapon that capitalizes on their influences and vision rather than ‘move’ anything. It’s a chaotic symphony of recognized emotion here. The careful blend of thick, riffy breakdowns, apocalyptic distortion, and eerie, electronically-induced atmospheres, do not lend well to the idea of a single thread, but rather an understanding that the band wanted to expand on every one of their emotions via a calculated mixture of production and musicianship. It’s cathartic without limit.

There is a slow build of tension on Theme before a gradual release on Aggressive Evolution, and then a series of reliefs during the track before an absolute explosion on Broken Vision Rhythm. An analyst could repeat endlessly that this is a steady rhythm throughout the album, but what’s the point? Build gradually, release, build viciously, explode; all the while blending Nu-Metal, Post-Metal, Metalcore, Shoegaze, Industrial, Post-Hardcore, and Post-Rock. Yet, there’s so much more to it than just a goddamn algorithm. Loathe channels the very best of Deftones’ soul and expands it effortlessly with their atmospheric Metalcore sound.

You’re no longer trapped in the end-of-times arctic storm that came from The Cold Sun, but that doesn’t mean you’re free from making sense of the undercurrent. The band will hold you under the water until you understand just what makes breathing so beautiful. It’s all human emotion, a wild contrast of acid-tinted streetlights and pulsing rage that carries this album into nearly unprecedented territories. It’s not afraid of risk, nor is it afraid of being called an imitation by revisiting the masters of the past to build something so powerful that it might just set a decade long precedent. Loathe are here to stay, and I’m just fine with that.



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Tranqyl
February 8th 2020


403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

shameless self bump

Darius The Imposter
February 8th 2020


22841 Comments


is this h eX c

Tranqyl
February 8th 2020


403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What does that even mean lmao?



JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2020


34894 Comments

Album Rating: 2.4

Hot damn do me a chipmonk this is one diamond

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Darius The Imposter
February 8th 2020


22841 Comments


is this hardcore

heck
February 8th 2020


5723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's metalcore with a heavy dose of experimentation and deftones worship and it rules

Digging: Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor?s Version)

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2020


13974 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Press f to doubt

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heck
February 8th 2020


5723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrible mixing of two old memes there

Tranqyl
February 8th 2020


403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's pretty fucking legendary, Nocte.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2020


34894 Comments

Album Rating: 2.4

If we're talking about 5 classic experimental metalcore, that's technically mythological

Tranqyl
February 8th 2020


403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, Bigfoot has finally been spotted. He's also been shot and is in critical care.

9Hammer
February 8th 2020


350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Quite an interesting read there. I appreciate the creativity within the writing and the points you made as well towards the group.

Slex
February 8th 2020


11014 Comments


This is tentatively growing on me tho the songwriting is an utter mess in a lot of places for me

Wonderful review tho, really

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Lucman
February 8th 2020


5172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a great album, even if I slightly prefer the shoegaze side over the heavy stuff. It's all interesting though.

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9Hammer
February 8th 2020


350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh, I would say that Loathe likely nails shoegaze better than they do metalcore. I find myself going back to those types of songs more often.

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2020


13974 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As someone who doesn't care one way or the other for Deftones I'm wary. That said, I'll give this a merry go after Svart Crown

Tranqyl
February 8th 2020


403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's more than just Deftones, there are miles of well executed atmosphere and metalcore here. Still, you may not really vibe with it.



And thanks, guys. Glad you like the review.

JeetJeet
February 8th 2020


9254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ima be real, all the heavy tracks excluding Aggressive Evolution and Broken Vision are ass. Is It Really You, Sad Cartoon, & the title track are amazing.

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Durrzo
February 8th 2020


2342 Comments


Their heavy stuff is too overloaded imo. I like these guys but there's so much going on when they go all out that it's just grating, and I am absolutely not a fan of all of the distortion they throw in the mix. Their more chill songs are fantastic though. I love that dude's singing voice. Sad Cartoon is my favorite on here by a fair bit.

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maximomckinnon
February 8th 2020


74 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

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