Loathe mark the one year anniversary of their 2020 breakthrough LP with the release of a surprise ambient album, ‘The Things They Believe’

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on February 8, 2021

One year to the day after the release of ‘I Let It In And It Took Everything’ the band has delivered an immersive, instrumental supplement.

Among the more consistent names featured atop of the 2020 ‘Best of’ and Year In Review lists was Loathe’s I Let It In And It Took Everything.

The album’s brilliant balance of aggression and melodic sophistication, propelled the band into a new stratosphere, substantiated by singles like “Gored,” “New Faces In the Dark“and the Chino Moreno-cosigned “Two-Way Mirror“. The band’s sophomore effort could already be defined as seminal, as the album became requisite when discussing the albums that mattered most in 2020.

To commemorate the one year anniversary of the album, Loathe have dropped a surprise album in, The Things They Believe. The instrumental, ambient collection of 12-tracks underscores the band’s versatility and nuanced approach to crafting heavy music.

The hand spoke about the surprise offering. “The concept for ‘The Things They Believe‘ was born from the incredible response to ‘I Let It In And It Took Everything‘, which became the impetus to extend the identity and timeline of the record. Creating sonic landscapes and parallels that explore and expand further on the areas within ‘I Let It In And It Took Everything’. As we release this collection of atmospheres, we hope you lose yourself further within this chapter and, much like our love for soundtracks and soundscapes provides us with solace in times of distress and need, we hope you find comfort inside too.”

Speaking exclusively with Kerrang! regarding the release, frontman Kadeem France talked about his role on an album that featured no vocals. ““This album is so different to anything we’ve done before and I knew that the [ambient, instrumental] side of things was more the forte of Erik and Feisal, so I was happy to take a back seat and just let them do their thing. I knew and trusted in their abilities. As a band, we’re all on the same level when it comes to making our music. I definitely had some input, though. The track title The Year When Everything And Nothing Happened came from me.”

Bassist Feisal El-Khazragi explained how the lockdown played a part in the creative direction of the ambient album. “​“Throughout lockdown, we all experienced what can only be described as extreme personality changes or periods of self-discovery. We’ve all been quite separated from each other, with me down here in Wales, Erik in St Helens, Connor being stranded in Belgium at this point, while only Kadeem and Sean actually live in central Liverpool. We had begun to find the comfort in ambient music, meditation and that kind of stuff. We wanted to create a similar soundscape to live within the universe of Loathe and the world of I Let It In… It’s just another place that you can go.”

Stream Loathe’s The Things They Believe below.