For those of you who have never stumbled across the band before, Limb are a London based quartet purveying the finest in doom wizardry. Their previous two recordings have entrenched the band firmly in the UK fizz scene, origins of deep doom with stoner rock licks set the band apart on the UK scene.
Out now on New Heavy Sounds, the band have released their third studio album, Saboteurs of the Sun, which sees the band expand on the foundation they have set themselves but yet diverge into new ground. Under the guidance of renowned producer, Russ Russell (producer of Napalm Death, Evile, The Wildhearts etc), the band have stretched the envelope, introducing elements of prog and psychedelic rock amongst other influences to produce a magnificently well-rounded album.
Introducing an exploration into a cosmos of bubbling synthesizers from the get go, the album opens with Wych Hel an atmospheric cacophony that draws you in immediately. Vocals from Rob Hoey have a hint of 90's grunge to them, an edge you don't normally see from a doom rich band, it's enchanting with a unique delivery that helps forge the band’s sound making this fast paced opener a stand out on the album.
The pace, ferocity and intensity of the recording undulates throughout from rip roaring speed to slower doom to atmospheric prog. Following on from the quick step opener Death from Absentia is slower, more focused and a lot darker is sound. Survival Knife again returns to the atmospherics drawing in the bands new influences and driving their new direction.
Rising Tides rides the wave of undulation a straight forward rock anthem, filled to the brim with heavy riffs and a bass line to bang your head to. However, Astronaut is the real focus of the bands new way of thinking. Heavy psychedelic space rock, reminiscent of Hawkwind in paces, gives the album a while different feel, new and adventurous.
There’s no filler on this album, with ten magnificent well-rounded tracks, they may not flow into one another as you’d expect from a traditional album, but it somehow seems to work. Maybe in this modern age of shuffle play on streamed services we are used to the frenetic change of pace and direction, but either way it works well.
Limb have taken the building blocks of their previous two albums as a starting point and injected influences, new and old. With a sprinkling of Hawkwind inspired licks they’ve produced an eclectic album that fuses together into a modern psychedelic classic.