Review: Loft – Empires


Metallica influences and strong chemistry culminating in an impressive debut record from the Cornish progressive rock band. 'Ghosts' and 'Fade To Grey' the pick of the bunch.

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The debut record from progressive rock band Loft lasts long in the memory with its heavy, memorable riffs and notably high chemistry between its members.

Starting up in July 2014, Loft was created by Denn Leavy and Bob Barnes (lead and rhythm guitar respectively) who recruited bassist Phil Rollason, drummer Tats McGee and vocalist Rob Summers to complete the lineup. It didn’t take the band long to rise up, culminating in an online album release and, after winning a battle of the bands competition in Cornwall, a slot at the infamous metal festival Bloodstock next month.

The title track of the record sets the bar high, with ‘Empires’ standing out from its opening guitar shreds and fast tempo. Summers’ Axel Rose-like vocals take centre stage during the brilliant ‘Fade To Grey’ – of which I’ve no doubt will sound amazing live. A strong underlying guitar riff during the first part of ‘Maker’ gives way to a brilliantly composed finale showcasing the understanding and raw talent of the band heralding from the South-West.

‘Keys’ takes a slower, more sombre tone with a Metallica-like riff and drums not too dissimilar to the middle eight of ‘No Leaf Clover’ and with elements of ‘Outlaw Torn’ too – a compliment if ever there was one. ‘Ghosts’, the best song on the seven-track-record, once again shows a great chemistry of the five-piece – remarkable considering the band have been together for just over 12 months – with an infectious riff that won’t leave your head in a hurry.

‘Evil Woman’ marks the end of a very impressive debut from the band, and with the impending slot at Bloodstock to come, I for one am looking forward to Loft’s future.

Empires is out now and can be downloaded here.


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