He was so deeply huddled under a blanket that it took a while to locate the source of the voice hollering my name. Eytan Wineapple, curator of the rumbling beast that was the NOIZ All-Dayer, initially celebrated its second incarnation looking like death warmed up. After a long couple of days, with Wineapple escorting eventual headliners Dukatalon to Sheffield and back, they eventually bedded down in today’s venue. “They got here around 3 a.m., and I tucked them all in!” joked Rebellion manager and event collaborator Hayley. Five minutes later, the flat-capped Wineapple was bounding around like a madman: putting to serious shame Ghost Cult’s scribe who, twelve hours later, and still nearly three hours from the denouement, interviewed said host in a rather weary and addled fashion…
NOIZ is not your average festival. Displays of album-style art and guitars in various stages of completion (one of which is raffled off later in the day) stand beside the S.O.P.H.I.E. merch stall in the upper level of the club-style venue. A dedicated handful, meanwhile, witness the pulverising Industria of openers Khost: looking for all the world like a couple of local scallies bumbling about on a stage, yet laying waste with a mystical power which deserved a better slot and much more attention. The Birmingham duo’s ambient, crushing set, its implosive chords and guttural scours blending with a wonderful and passionate line in Middle-Eastern vocal samples, ended bang on time: a courtesy that some of the festival’s other performers could have tried harder to match.
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TRACKLIST: 01: Indian Handcrafts – It’s Late Queeny (Sargent House) 02: Bill Mountain – Let’s Get It Started (Bill Mountain Music) 03: Mylets – Trembling Hands (Sargent House) 04: Limb – Ghost Dance (New Heavy Sounds) 05: Slow Season – Heavy (RidingEasy) 06: Salem’s Pot – The Vampire Strikes Back (RidingEasy) 07: Ghost Against Ghost – still love [preview edit] (Our Silent Canvas) 08: Jad Fair & Jason Willett – The Greatest Power (Dymaxion Groove) 09: Boss Battle – Ride 10: And So I Watch You From Afar – Wasps (Sargent House) 11: Pink Frost – Striking Violet (Smart Like Virus) 12: Shooting Guns – Barnburner (RidingEasy) 13: Sons of Huns – An Evil Unseen (RidingEasy) 14: Birch – Halfway 15: Mothertapes – Aftermath (SELF Group) 16: Lowercase Noises – Death In A Garden 17: Monolord – Cursing The One (RidingEasy) 18: Spelljammer – The Pathfinder (RidingEasy) 19: Electric Citizen – Beggar’s Need (RidingEasy) 20: Elephant Rifle – Bone Voyage (Humaniterrorist) 21: Birch – Fighting Words 22: Mondo Drag – Shifting Sands (RidingEasy) 23: A Troop of Echoes – Small Fires
If you visit their Facebook page, this London, England set of rabble-rousers’ bio simply states: “Tune it down, turn it up.” And now that I’ve given Limb’s new album Terminal (New Heavy Sounds) a few spins I have to wholeheartedly endorse that mantra.
For a band that’s only been around since 2011 the rattling guitar tone and stellar production sure sounds confident. Rob Hoey’s throaty barks serve as the perfect complement to Pat Pask’s downtuned blues and Tom Mowforth’s forceful but controlled work on the drums. In terms of sonic quality, these Londoners sound on par with most doom acts on imprints like Relapse or Profound Lore. It’s groovy enough to show to your dad, but has enough impact to satisfy the younger heshers.
Terminal starts off with ‘Three Snake Leaves’ and at a running time of 1:45 it sets the stage for the headbanging to come, but it also drove me to a realization. Compared to typical Doom or Sludge offerings the songs on Terminal tend to come and go very quickly. There are four tracks that are done and over with in or less than three minutes. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it won’t wear out its welcome, but it makes you wonder how numbers like ‘Mortuary Teeth’ would’ve turned out given a little more room to grow. Truth be told the best songs here like ‘Spoils of a Portrait King’ and ‘Cocytus’ happen to be the longest in terms of length and for slowing the tempos down to Jimmy Bower levels of guitar crunch. And I’m not saying that playing slower is the key either as ‘Down by the Banks’ has a Clutch level of self-assured heavy rock swagger.
I don’t want to make it seem like this is a bad record by any stretch of the imagination. Hell, there’s only one moment on Terminal that feels uninspired and it’s the appropriately titled ‘Sleepwalkers.’ It’s all just a matter of these young Brits adding some tweaks to the songwriting.
England started it all with Black Sabbath and kept that momentum going over the years with legendary noise merchants like Cathedral and Electric Wizard. Only time will tell if Limb are up to that task, but I like their chances.