Written by: Izzy
Let’s address the elephant in the room. This album sounds a lot like Deftones, but let’s make an important distinction in Loathe’s music. While Deftones are certainly capable of being aggressive, both on their new and old material, Loathe’s blending of metalcore’s raw energy and ferocity works beautifully to contrast the softer sections and make them feel especially intense, this interplay between tones elevates the listening experience of the entire album to new heights. Rather than creating cascading landscapes where these sounds weave together as Deftones would, Loathe are more interested in forging roads with sharp twists and turns through both beauty and musical invective.
The one-two of the vicious "Broken Vision Rhythm" attack, and the otherworldly slow-dance of "Two Way Mirror," provides a perfect example of this knack for hairpin changes of tone and sonic scenery; a trick the album doesn’t use once, but pulls again later with the hauntingly beautiful "Is It Really You?" transitioning into the most hideously relentless, breakneck song on the entire album, "Gored." Despite the sudden transformation, everything on display here is crafted so tastefully that these shifts feel very natural and flow into one another gracefully.
And that’s why I’m telling you not to go into this album expecting a Deftones album, because it is not, try and shove that thought far away and judge this album on it’s own merits, of which there are many.
Loathe are taking this ethereal metal sound and fearlessly pushing it into new unexplored territory.
That simultaneous fervor and mysticism is an aesthetic often sought after, but few albums achieve that cohesive combination, it is easy to trip over your own ambitions. However, Loathe are braver than most, and I Let It In And It Took Everything succeeds in every aspect, in fact it not only succeeds, it excels, it decimated the competition in a fervorous landslide. But Loathe’s ambition doesn’t end there, as you’ll soon find out.
It’s common that when listening to an album, even a good one, that it may just feel like a collection of songs, and not a fully realized or purposefully crafted experience. While that is absolutely fine, in my opinion, the best albums will not just leave you wanting to re-listen to the tracks on their own, but it’ll make you crave that full experience again. A good album is like a collection of short stories; a great album is like getting lost in a whole new world, built just for you. I Let It In And It Took Everything is an album that is best listened to as just that, a complete album. While the individual songs are excellent, listening to the entire LP, front to back, provides something that you simply can’t get otherwise.
It feels like a lifetime listening to it all. Not in the sense that it’s too long--at 49 minutes long I don’t feel it drags for even a second--but in the sense that it feels like experiencing everything through someone else's eyes. Like drifting through the ether, seeing everything unfold around you, just a passenger, simply here for the ride, still and breathless. Every track gently winding into the next, not breaking your immersion for a moment. It’s a transcendental experience that evokes countless different feelings.
There is no doubt in my heart this is one of the best albums of 2020 thusfar, many come close to reaching the pinnacles this album rises to, but were I asked my favourites, I Let It In And It Took Everything would surely be one of the first that comes to mind.
If you made it this far, or just skipped to the end because you wanted a summary, here it is: this album is a masterpiece. Go listen.
Loathe - I Let It In And It Took Everything was released Feb. 2020 from SharpTone Records
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