At first listen, LLNN could easily be placed among bands like AmenRa, Eyehategod, Cult Of Luna and company. With heavy, monolithic riffing, pounding drums and fierce hardcore vocals, this act created something brutal and crushing. Yet, after a while, some other influences seem to shine through. There seem to be electronics here, sci-fi soundtrack material and other haunting soundscapes.
Of course, all of those are drenched in sheer brutality. LLNN rarely lets the listener rest and, even when the intensity goes down, they never really lose their grasp. Well, 'grasp', more like a stranglehold perhaps. 'Rapture' and 'Monolith' are harsh, unforgiving and overwhelming slabs of noise. 'Calamity' goes even further, even to the point where it all becomes a little too much for me. Me, a seasoned fan of extreme music who is used to a lot.
And then we're not even halfway through this album. There's three more of those nutripping tracks left to discover, including the well-varied title track 'Loss'. I'll leave the other two songs up to you, but beware, this stuff is way too harsh and intense for most people. I've actually pressed 'stop', not because I don't like it (I do like it) but because my cat suddenly looks frightened by this. She had never been frightened by music before. So, LLNN, perhaps that is a compliment...