Loop's new album is designed to pin your psyche to the wall at maximum volume

Brit-psych pioneers Loop defy time and blow minds on magnificent comeback album Sonancy

Loop: Sonancy cover art
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The last time Robert Hampson’s psychedelic warriors Loop released a studio album, the first George Bush was US president. Quite a lot has changed since then, but Loop’s jagged-edge attack remains largely the scintillating same as it ever was. 

Thirty-two years after their sumptuous magnum opus A Gilded Eternity, the band’s circular riffs and barrage of hissing, ambient scree are instantly recognisable, but Sonancy is a sharper, edgier and more brittle beast than any of its hypnotic predecessors. 

Much like experiencing Loop in the flesh, songs like Supra and Isochrone are designed to pin your psyche to the wall, preferably at maximum volume. There’s a punky, DIY krautrock energy to opener Interference and the Stooges-saluting Axion, while the tweaked-out space rock rush of Halo and woozy closer Aurora come closest to emulating the Loop of Collision and Arc-Lite

Tumultuous, trippy and brilliantly untamed, Sonancy is a magnificent comeback.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.