Riffs heavier than a super massive black hole, laid bare over relentless crashing drums and pumping fuzz bass. Then it all pauses and shimmering chords appear, before another explosion, and more shockwaves blast through your body.
Hooks will hook you. Grooves will groove you. Grimm (sic) tales from the dark brain of vocalist Rob Hoey will unsettle you… Ladies and gentlemen, New Heavy Sounds give you LIMB and their mesmerising debut album.
LIMB have been a band to catch by those in the know on the Doom/Sludge scene since their formation in 2011. The underground metal label Witch Hunter Records was hooked enough to release the band’s early demos, as well as a recent split EP with fellow sludge merchants GURT, on which LIMB cover and truly demolish Queen’s ‘Son and Daughter’.
They are also a crushing live outfit, as confirmed by their slaying of London’s Black Heart at Desertfest 2013, and their sharing of stages around the country with bands like Conan, Witchsorrow and label-mates Black Moth and Throne.
Metal Hammer described ‘Gift Of The Sun‘, LIMB‘s first release for New Heavy Sounds, as ‘Something like Down wearing Electric Wizard’s resin encrusted jeans’. It’s a pretty good description, but it only goes part of the way. LIMB‘s murky emanations do indeed flow from the foggy well spring of British doom, sludge and heavy rock. For sure their sound also evokes the grooves of Goatsnake, Weedeater and EyeHateGod. But they are a band that will look beyond the often strictly defined genre boundaries, to push the envelope and take a few risks whilst keeping the doom diehards’ heads a-bangin’.
LIMB‘s eponymous debut album shows that even within doom or sludge, whatever you want to call it and however you wish to define it, there is still room for expansion, experimentation and evolution. ‘Gift of The Sun‘ even made it onto Stuart Maconie’s experimental Freak Zone 6Music radio show, and that perhaps highlights LIMB‘s singular vision.
Their sound is shot through with an alternative twist on the Doom/Sludge theme. The record’s dynamics and approach are akin to Slint in many ways, though post rock it most certainly isn’t. It’s deliberately stripped-down. Stark, bleak and visceral. As dark and menacing as Joy Division ‘de-tuned’, though post-punk it most certainly isn’t. There are moments of sleazy psychedelics, blasts of cosmic rock and brushes with hardcore. This is one heavy record.
For this release they have some very special cover art, created by the super talented (and super hot) Richey Beckett, fresh from his work with Metallica and Mastodon. It’s pretty special: intricately detailed and darkly beautiful, depicting a scene from the record’s final song.
The super deluxe vinyl edition will come in a gatefold sleeve, with a heavyweight 180g green and black vinyl record, plus an insert of the cover art and a free download of the whole album.
Vinyl is limited to just 300 copies; also available on CD and Download, released on 14th April.
Rob Hoey – Vocals
Jodie Wyatt – Drums
Sam Cooper – Bass
Pat Pask – Guitar
Upcoming LIMB shows:
21st Feb, The Shed – Leicester
23rd March, Bang Bar – Basingstoke
4th April, The Old Angel- Nottingham
Now stream the track ‘Eternal Psalm Pt 2‘ to get a taste of the riffs to come…
Source: I Like Press