Loathe are an English heavy metal band from Liverpool. Formed in 2014, the group consists of lead vocalist Kadeem France, guitarist and second vocalist Erik Bickerstaffe, drummer Sean Radcliffe and bassist Feisal El-Khazragi.
They are signed to SharpTone Records and have released two EPs and three studio albums. Prepare Consume Proceed was released in 2015 and was re-issued in 2016 through SharpTone Records as the label’s first release. They released their debut studio album, Cold Sun, in 2017, then a split EP recorded with label-mate Holding Absence titled This Is as One in 2018. Loathe released their second studio album I Let It In and It Took Everything on 7 February 2020. Their third studio album the Things They Believe was released on 7 February 2021 as an extension of their previous album, and was made up entirely of ambient tracks.
The band’s music makes use of elements of metalcore and nu metal, while also incorporating more experimental aspects from genres like shoegaze, progressive metal and industrial music. Loathe have been nominated for Heavy Metal Awards best UK breakthrough band and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards best new band in 2018. In a 2020 poll by Revolver magazine, they were voted the third most likely contemporary band to break through into the mainstream.
In the grand scheme of heavy music, it’s difficult to break away from the pack, let alone attract a devoted audience. It can feel like a shot in the dark, the ability to create a body of work at the right place, at the right time, but on the album I Let It In And It Took Everything, Loathe bridges the gap between uniqueness and impact.
Many fans will find sometime familiar within the sonic palette created by Loathe—a la Deftones meets Tim Hecker meets Meshuggah—but it stands on its own, squashing allegations of staleness or repetition. Maybe it was the ethos stated by drummer Sean Radcliffe, “Only write for yourself, and never consider what other people think of it” that helped Loathe pull their sound from the creative ether. Or maybe it was being challenged by their peers, telling them their product was incomplete, that pushed them to rethink what it was to compose an album.
As humans who struggle with self-critique and self-imposed high expectations, Loathe works as a unit in order to make decisions that best serve them as a band. They are soft-spoken, uncompromising in their art, and relentless in executing their performance. We’re proud to present: Loathe on Audiotree From Nothing.
Recorded live on November 13, 2022 in Chicago, IL.
- On Creativity
- New Faces in the Dark
- On Writers Block
- On Limitation