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Loathe I Let It In And It Took Everything

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Loathe - I Let It In And It Took Everything

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Loathe haven’t exactly been shy when it comes to being adventurous. A turbulent melting pot of downtuned battering, screeching histrionics and shimmering melody, their aural schizophrenia relishes in extremity.

But even when presented with overwhelming displays of shock and awe brilliance, it’s still the shrapnel that recalls the likes of Deftones, Poison The Well and a number of less descript djent, metalcore, etc. acts that embeds the deepest.

Now capably blurring their internal songwriting boundaries even further, the distance between the disparate moods of their tracks has greatly been reduced. While it doesn’t always benefit their overall identity, the fluid co-existence of multiple emotions and genres surely lends itself to the element of surprise.

Frenetic output is all the more menacing and the softer melodies give a radiant shine. This immediacy also allows them to adroitly mend the proverbial damage inflicted by their heavier excursions.

That said, not every song is maniacal. “Two-Way Mirror” channels the dreamy melodicism of the Deftones into a homage authentic enough to earn them a nod from Chino Moreno himself. “Is It Really You?” follows a similar path.

New Faces In The Dark” delivera a wrenching, djent-laced cacophony that slowly dissolves under mounting layers of digital derangement (think Vein and Code Orange.)

Indeed, there’s plenty of atmospheric exploration to be found, with downright cinematic moments creeping into view on numerous occasions. But it is perhaps on the track “Screaming” that the band strike the purest vein of auditory gold.

A propulsive, rhythmic groove aided by shoegazey vocals and lush guitars struggles for control against unhinged bellows and commanding djent-driven incursions. It’s an utterly enthralling display of both mindful songwriting and dynamic contradiction.

More so than on their past releases, you’re never quite sure what you’ll get from Loathe with this latest opus. While a few songs remain walled off and pure to their opening intent, the majority run a veritable gamut of genres and emotions. While the band have yet to consistently strike the perfect ratio, the results served up here are highly impressive.

The sheer talent and progressive ability exuded finds their talent pool harboring one hell of a deep end. Drummer Sean Radcliffe in particular displays a strong aptitude for assimilating some unexpected genre touchstones into his eclectic performances. He’s not the only one though; there are no weak links to be found in the band when it comes to their ability.

Honestly, it’s only the uneven songwriting that sees them falter at times. It can be hard to get a clear picture of what the group are capable of when you often only get to see their range in faint glimpses. While that may be off-putting to some, the transcendence on display is worth the ride and suggests their magnum opus is just around the corner.

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