Love Lost But Not Forgotten – S/T

Love Lost But Not Forgotten fall into the whole emo-violence scene, I suppose, with a blistering attack on your ears and senses. This is not for the faint of heart, as this band tends to pile on the noise until you’re often left feeling assaulted and beaten down. But that’s all part of their diabolical plot, it seems.
The band has two sides, one I enjoy and one I don’t quite as much. There are moments when this band intersperses the hardcore elements that make me thrilled, those cool, moody breakdowns, those killer bass lines, those sheer screams on an almost silent background. But the band also tends to play so loud and fast that the drums, bass and guitar become one sound, a kind of pounding beating that loses all sense of its basic elements. And the singer, at times, sounds like he’s singing in another room, which might be a smart thing to do. But both of those elements take place in the same songs, so you get your cool breakdowns and power and your sheer assault, and together, they work well.
This album has a great intro, an old lady singing a gospel hymn with some disturbing elements in the background, and it breaks right into a blistering attack of all-out noise and screams. The song has a very cool, moody breakdown in the middle too that rapidly endears me to the album. “Means to No End” starts with that great killer bass lines, breaks into sheer noise, and then breaks down again, the singer screaming relentlessly to just light drums. “Loathing” is the best track here, with even melodic and bass-powered textures in the quiet and loud moments. This song brings in the two vocalists, and screaming off each other, it works very well. There are some songs that are almost exclusively the loud and fast assault, like “Save Me From the Outside World” and the almost ear-splitting “Supine” and “Cutting Away.” But I think the band works best when they incorporate all those styles, like on “Believe,” which has some fantastic, grinding guitar and great breakdowns, where the vocalists scream to this thick and deep moody part that is absolutely killer. On “Push Past,” you get moments of throat-ripping screams to only the barest bass lines before breaking into a sheer power assault, the kind that makes you want to smash things, including body parts. “Drown” has some phenomenal drumming, and you get to hear it out of the rest of the sound for a few moments, before it all just goes to hell in a furious blast.
Then things change up a bit. “Unfound” has elements of hardcore bands like I Hate Myself. And with the screaming overlapping much more coherent music, this is another favorite on the album. It even has its melodic moments, harkening back to more old-school emo sounds. “Swallow” is very different, with a electronic beats and a very head-bopping feel that goes on for 8 minutes. It even brings in some eerie keyboards by the close. Then, for some reason, there’s 9 minutes of silence, but we’ll let that pass. Just don’t look for a hidden track.
Fans of hardcore bands that incorporate elements of emo-violence, grindcore, and blistering noise will definitely dig Love Lost But Not Forgotten. And what I enjoy about them is their ability to mix those styles. I certainly can’t take an entire 40-minute album of blistering violence and noise. But this band has moments of power and noise and moments of more moody depth. That makes for a pretty good listen.