What other altar is worth kneeling at besides ‘The Altar of the Riff’? There isn’t one. Limb know this. The stoner rock London four-piece have turned up to make some serious racket and it’s all encapsulated on their self-titled demo now available on CD through Witch Hunter Records.
Limb make a lot of noise in the Kyuss/Black Sabbath vein so fans of stoner/doom/sludge/fuzz will have plenty to like. In 11 and a half minutes, these three tracks plod along at a slower-than-average pace so you’ll bang your head at a decent, non-damaging rhythm.
Daemoness kicks things off suitably with a big, distorted groove that breaks down into a cleaner riff that lulls you into a false sense of security. Before you know it we’re back with the riffs and vocalist Rob Hoey provides a decent yell to keep the mood nice and brooding. Hoey’s vocals bring the biggest pull on this demo; his voice is commanding and the drawn-out screams give the band a massive sound.
Unfortunately the production and the mix can’t keep up with Limb’s music. The production is dull and muddy which only helps to flatten Limb’s sound instead of give it the shot of life that could really set it off. The mix also favours the bass a little too much. On the first listen we were under the impression Limb didn’t have a guitarist and only a bassist using a load of distortion, but lo and behold Limb do have a guitarist (his name is Pat Pask if you’re interested) but you wouldn’t know it on this release. With the guitar higher in the mix we could really appreciate those massive grooves a little more.
So what have we gathered from all this? Limb have a bright future and their Sabbath-inspired, sludge-worship makes for a great listen. They’re also great song writers with commanding vocals and huge riffs that will make for some great mosh pits. Unfortunately for them this is being masked with some flat production and shoddy mixing that could make this band sound immense. This will undoubtedly improve with time and we can’t wait to hear what the band do next, but this release is not showing Limb in the best light.
Limb’s Limb CD is available to buy from Witch Hunter Records via this link now.