Never a band to mince their words, Loathe is now on the threshold of a new era. After having released three EPs and a full length album entitled ‘Despondent By Design’ over the past decade, the band is ready to hone down on its signature aggressive sound and deliver more highly polished, brutal metal songs to its loyal fans.
On the live circuit, Loathe are a constant appearance. The band has criss crossed the UK many times over and shared stages with bands such as Evile, Detonation, Sabbat, K.O.Kaine, SevenYearsDead, Let ‘Em Bürn, SLAB and Morgue Orgy.
Locally, on their island of Malta, the band is known as a heavyweight among the metal bands and has played a number of legendary gigs, including 2 headlining spots in the famed Extreme Maltese Metal summer festival.
‘Despondent By Design’, the band’s sophomore full length album, has been received extremely well in all quarters. So as to break the album onto the UK, Loathe played the legendary Bridgefest festival, held in Canning Town, London over the course of 3 full days of metal, alongside best mates Morgue Orgy and death metal titans Trigger the Bloodshed.
In 2012, Loathe recorded more of their own material. Having defined their sound and sharpened it over the years, the band spent the year demoing tracks and building the visual concept of the forthcoming releases.
May 2013 sees the release of ‘Lambs To The Slaughter”, Loathe’s fifth release, an EP including five original tracks. As a release, ‘Lambs To The Slaughter’ is heavier and takes a more technical approach when it comes to the songs’ composition. Additionally, it is Loathe drummer Max’s first release with Loathe and brings his musical influences to light through his drumming.
Loathe has been praised extensively in the press. The band was nominated for the Best Heavy Metal Award in the GO Malta Music Awards in 2010.
This is what has been said about Loathe throughout the years:
“To be fair to Loathe, they are better than so many of the new bands I have heard recently.”
“Maltese band Loathe have got it right. I never heard of them before, but my buddies at MetalSucks posted a new video of theirs and they nailed it.”
“….. man, is this thing well-made. I would like to give a standing ovation to everyone involved in the production of the video…”
“Loathe’s Video for “Bucketlove” is the most fun you’ll have all day.”
“…….With this release Loathe should be brought to the attentions of labels rapidly, mostly owing to the material and the brutality of the mix that leaves no question as to the power of the songs…….”
“…….When they get it right, they get it spectacularly right…….”
“…….the professionalism and talent displayed in the four tracks portrays a group taking their first steps towards an interesting career…….”
“Somehow, they’ve managed to combine the putrid death metal of The Red Chord with DevilDriver’s colossal groove and at times it’s so vitriolic it burns”
“…….Tight as ever and with murky melodic twists planted deep inside the blend of grating riffage…….”
“…….A hard sledgehammer blow of thrashes and doom metal goodness…….”
“…….very impressed by the solid composition and awesome variety in the vocal work. A perfect blend of thrash, death and hardcore metal! …….”
Loathe is -
David ‘Beast’ Fenech – Vocals
Max Vassallo – Drums
Mark Debono – Bass
Karl Cachia – Guitar
Kurt Pace – Guitar