Loathe / Holding Absence Split

March 1, 2018


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The Pitch: Two very different UK bands from the post-hardcore spectrum collaborate on this new split from SharpTone Records. FFO: Glassjaw, Deftones, Letlive

What I Like: This split makes me very interested in further exploring Loathe. I was not previously familiar, but it only took a few seconds to grab my attention. They're on the harsher side of post-hardcore a la Glassjaw, with similar alternations between intense, headbanging riffs and more Deftones-y passages. The vocalist compliments both styles perfectly with the harsh screams as well as the more dramatic clean approaches. All three of their tracks demonstrate an admirable balance between chaotic, metallic hardcore with djent leanings and angsty post-metal. There' are even some progressive elements, especially on the Torrential Downpour-like "Servant and Master" while "It's Yours" takes some notes from Helmet.

Critiques: Look, in another context I might enjoy Holding Absence's music, but when paired with the much heavier Loathe, they have trouble playing second fiddle. The goal of a good split is that it brings in the audience from one band and gets them interested in the other. Here, the bands are SO different that I don't foresee much of that happening.

The Verdict: Still a recommended split. I suggest keeping an open mind and giving Holding Absence a try, but even if you walk away only wanting the Loathe side, it'll hardly be wasted time. There's enough good happening here to warrant your attention. Buy it HERE.

Flight's Fav's: White Hot, Servant and Master

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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