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Loathe & Holding Absence - This Is As One

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 8 February 2018 at 17.29

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Two of the UK’s most intriguing underground bands team up for this enjoyable, if all-too-fleeting split EP.

Following up their punishingly bleak debut album ‘The Cold Sun’, Liverpool’s Loathe tap a similar vein of grinding, grotesque rhythms and throat-shredding vocals over ‘White Hot’ and ‘Servant And Master’ - whetting the appetite for even bigger things in 2018. Though Holding Absence’s atmospheric post-hardcore doesn’t pack quite as much of a punch, ‘Saint Cecilia’ and ‘Everything’ successfully tug at the heartstrings regardless - especially through the latter’s desolate, slow-building melodies. Here’s hoping this is a sign of things to come.

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