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Album Review: Father’s Son by LIMBS

Tampa Bay post-hardcore act LIMBS release their new album Father’s Son on 27th April via UNFD. Originally formed in 2013 under a different moniker, LIMBS released their debut album entitled Dead Ends before undergoing a drastic lineup change. After taking eight months for reformation, LIMBS regrouped and released their sophomore release Admission, in late 2014.mThe following year LIMBS toured the DIY circuits relentlessly, dropping singles and gaining fans along the way. After a tour with Saosin, the band recorded a three song EP entitled SLEEP.

Flash forward to 2018 and Father’s Son is a conceptual album following a young man breaking free from his indoctrinated upbringing, the album explores the harm it causes and the strength in reclaiming your own life.

“It’s loosely based off of some of my own personal experiences and feelings,” explains frontman Chris Costanza. “It begins with the young man feeling distraught and angry after coming to some realizations about his upbringing and the harm it has done to both himself and others. It slowly turns inward as he reflects on himself and takes personal responsibility for his actions and deals with the aftermath of making such a drastic change in his life.”

Coming in at the more hardcore end of post-hardcore, Father’s Son is an enthralling and pulsating release full of huge riffs at breakneck speed. It’s not until fifth track ‘Twelve Stones’ that there’s any respite. The opening four are full of impassioned screams and hardcore vocals accompanied by pummelling riffs and frantic drumming. Whilst they’re all good tracks it’s on the fifth track where LIMBS begin to spread their wings and the album finds its feet. ‘Twelve Stones’ is an accomplished, expansive track before some normal order is restored in the sumptuous post-hardcore of ‘Weep’. The breakdowns are on point and you get the urge to throw yourself around the room.

‘Homestead’ comes across as your archetypical hardcore track yet manages to connect lyrically more akin to traditional post-hardcore. ‘Sacrament’ abandons the riffs in search for atmospherics and results in a Paranoid Android-era Radiohead sounding landscape. ‘Crossed’ mixes that with a post-hardcore template and serves up their most accomplished track that channels Funeral For A Friend immediacy. From there you’ve got two excellent tracks closing things off in the instantaneous ‘Tangled Hair’ and the brutality of ‘Bluster’.

Overall, it’s a strong album that really comes into it’s own after a slightly rock start.

AD Rating 7/10

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