Sometimes things just don’t work out. This is one of those times. LLNN are a noisy metal band (edited that since calling them “noise rock” caused their fan(s) to get upset) that seem like they should be a band that I’d like. They have the aggression of early Neurosis and the mathrock ability of Converge. The problem is that LLNN just aren’t in the same league as those bands.
“Loss” is devoid of melody, hooks and memorable riffs. It does have angst and off-kilter time signatures and even some synth-laden atmosphere. The problem is it’s very hard to grab onto any of it. For as heavy as Neurosis or Isis are or were, they still made sure the listener was brought along on the ride. LLNN could give a fuck.
This is not to say that LLNN don’t have the potential. The title track is a good example of what LLNN could do, even then they deride it. The middle section where the synths lay a nice foundation is derided by a sudden scream when it wasn’t needed. Unfortunately, “Loss” is exactly that.