Loathe deliver a strong second outing with their album I Let It In and It Took Everything, an album that blends metalcore with a multitude of other genres, both by incorporating melodic moments as well as the blackgaze and alternative rock moments littered throughout the track listing. Where there are equal moments of shredding djent-based guitar work, industrial tones, and growling screams there are also a plethora of sung choruses and even full songs where the harmonic qualities are focused upon. This gives Loathe a strong sound that could potentially appeal to both traditional metal-heads as well as a more alternative rock fanbase.
The opening full length tracks, Aggressive Revolution and Broken Vision Rhythm set the tone for the heavy side of I Let It In, but a track like Two-Way Mirror wiggles into your ears and provides a whole different listening experience for the act with its slow and melodic guitar riff and straightforward drum work paired with clean vocals. Only brief moments of heaviness reveal themselves on a track like this, changing the pace of the record along with it. The rest of the record follows this pattern of moments of gritty heaviness and beautifully arranged instrumentals.
For those who like acts like Deafheaven, there are certain to be moments that appeal to you as a listener. With that being said, there are plenty of metalcore bangers that will sure to exhilarate a different audience. For a genre that often does not explore the boundaries of what can fall into metalcore, Loathe accomplish quite a bit and stand to continue pushing those boundaries moving forward.
Favorite track: Screaming