Beaming out of the sunshine of Florida are Limbs, a post hardcore quartet looking to make a splash with their debut record Father’s Son. Built from chaos and brimstone, the eleven-track concept album follows “a young man breaking free from his indoctrinated upbringing”, and combines metal mayhem with raw emotion to a glorious effect.
Opener ‘Fed’ begins with forty seconds of almost gentle, melodic guitar before exploding into motion, dragging you into the havoc with impassioned unclean vocals over hardcore guitar that burns like asphalt. The madness doesn’t even begin to relent until the fifth track in, ‘Twelve Stones’, which may be the most note-worthily abstract track on the entire record: the stripped-back semi-instrumental nature is accompanied by ambient rain and hauntingly distant vocals, reminiscent of the slower work of System of a Down in some ways and Fightstar in others.
On ‘Homestead’, the record hits its peak, inciting imagery of a stage-diving maelstrom purely through the striking way in which the riff climbs and then descends upon the listener. Tim McTague’s influence is most obvious here - the Underoath guitarist assisted LIMBS in the pre-production of Father’s Son, and you can hear that intelligent ear for hardcore songcraft embedded in the offbeats. It is followed by another slower, gentler track, ‘Sacrament’; perhaps less gripping than ‘Twelve Stones’, but the group vocals on this track are chillingly good all the same.
‘Crossed’ is perhaps less original than some of the other contenders on Father’s Son, but is saved by lead single ‘Tangled Hands’, a superbly well-written piece that should be on any post-hardcore fan’s radar by now. Album closer ‘Blister’ cries out in desperation that “the greatest loss was when I was found”, and would draw a devastatingly brilliant close to the record, if not for the thirty seconds of silence that follows what feels like a premature end to the song.
Despite a few kinks here and there, LIMBS have their songwriting formula down to a T. A chaotic, gripping and at times vulnerable debut, one can only imagine what else the Tampa Bay quintet have in store for us in years to come. They are most definitely ones to watch.