EP REVIEW: Loathe / Holding Absence – This Is As One

Release Date: February 16th 2018
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.sharptonerecords.co
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If you haven’t already heard of Loathe and Holding Absence then you’d better get familiar with them soon, because SharpTone Records‘ best up-and-comers have teamed up for their new split EP ‘This Is As One’, and it’s a pretty damn incredible.

Loathe have already quickly established that they’re not a band to be pigeonholed by genre. Incorporating elements of metal, hardcore and hip-hop into every tune offered up so far by the quintet has been unique and refreshing. Split offering ‘Servant And Master’ is perhaps one of the band’s most eclectic songs to date. A screeching wall of guitars lead into a frantic set of riffs, accompanied by harsh white noise. Vocalist Kadeem France puts his talents on display with guttural screams. An electronic break pulls the latter half of the track into slower territory that still remains distinctly heavy.

Cardiff rockers Holding Absence pull influence from pop to post-hardcore music, and the result is an absolutely anthemic sound. Their second track ‘Everything’ closes out the split with a change of pace, and is a ballad that showcases frontman Lucas Woodland‘s voice wonderfully. With minimalistic instrumentation until transcending into an emotionally epic finale, it’s a perfect display of dynamics.

As well as the excellent songwriting and musicianship, the contest between these two bands is what transcends this EP to another level. The amount of variety, emotion and power packed into the four songs is astounding. ‘This Is As One’ is sheer proof that the future of the UK alternative scene is in more than capable hands.