The Cold Sun - Loathe
Loathe release their debut album The Cold Sun and I have to say, it’s fucking amazing. Having managed to catch the lads live last summer, I was blown away from their stage presence and just how well they came across live. The Cold Sun definitely doesn’t deviate from that brilliance, and it’s a superb debut album, and Loathe are now another up-and-coming scouse band to show that Liverpool’s scene is far from dead.
Image Credit: Nuclear Blast
Artwork by: Septian Tito
Guitarist and vocalist, Erik Bickerstaffe said about The new record’s sound - “We approached the record with a specific sound in mind. Combining loose and real instrumentation with technical electronic elements, we created a soundscape that accompanies and represents the overall feel of The Cold Sun". The band don’t half arse this either, they blur the lines between technical and electronic production, melodic and calmer styles of music, and of course, rib-rattling heaviness to forge a sound for themselves that is rather truly unique.
From start to finish, the record is chock full of brutally aggressive riff-age and vocals, countered by brilliant and catchy hooks. “It’s Yours” comes in with a synth part that I can only think of as straight from a horror movie soundtrack; the song kicks in heavy as fuck, yet keeping some melody in the guitar work, and the electronic production on the vocals and the continuation on the synth part gives the track a unique feel. Yet all this melts away for a chorus with plenty of clean vocals, yet offset by the continuation of heavy vocals too in parts to complement the chorus.
"It's Yours" video
Directed by: Zak Pinchin
Produced by: Matt McClellan
Eponymous track, "Loathe", offers a similar approach in terms of "heavy-meets-soft-and-melodic", yet here we see a different style to the band's calmer musical style. A soft, solo piano plays out before yet another full on assault on the ear drums from the band, and an impressive display of the heavier vocals on the record too. The track changes up yet again however for an electronic and guitar-driven interlude-esque part to the track. A mere calm before the storm and the band are straight back in with pure venom spat into the mix over tumultuous instrumentals.
Ironically named for a Good Friday release, "Stigmata" is possibly the closest you could liken Loathe to having a “mainstream” sound. The instrumentation takes a back seat in small instances, with brilliant clean yet raw vocals, a catchy as fuck chorus, yet still holding that callous onslaught at heart in parts of the tracks too.
If you just want absolute chaos, however, "Never More" has cymbal heavy drums, chugging guitar and raw-heavy vocals over the top - and is only around for less than 50 seconds. On the other hand, interlude tracks like "3990" combine an abundance of soothing electronic based sounds, which really adds depth to the album's auditory diversity. Loathe have come along with their first album, and shown why they’ve begun to ascend the ranks of the music industry so quickly. They are masters at their craft when writing music of various genres, and it all harmoniously comes together to make one clear and concise record that only be set to project the band further along in what is clearly going to be an illustrious career.