Fawn Limbs construct an unyielding, dissonant hellscape on their debut EP, Towing Heads.
Comprised of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Eeli Helin (Mireplaner) and drummer Lee Fisher (ex-Psyopus), this Finland/Pennsylvania-based duo harks back to the “mathgrind” explosion of the early 2000s, but pushes that sound into some pretty dark territories. With a mere nine minutes at their disposal, Fawn Limbs unleash an abundance of discordant grind, rife with grim subject matter, that will rearrange listeners’ faces.
The EP immediately bulldozes the listener with chaos on the opening track “Mouthless”. The song stampedes out of the gate with off-kilter, chugging riffs that careen into bending and sliding madness while Fisher drums frantically underneath. The track eventually transitions into a menacing sprawl that builds into a climax of Gorgutsian angularity and furious blast beats. The track then flows directly into “A Radiant Mass”; a roughly 80-second barrage of disfigured grooves, jittering dissonance and throat-searing vocals. The track ends in a swell of feedback, which signals for “Ligature” to come crashing in.
“Ligature”‘s 56-second assault cycles back-and-forth between galloping, palm-muted beatdowns and aberrated grind, before ending in a blood-pumping breakdown worthy of violent spin kicks. Ugly, lurching sludge opens up the following track, “Towing Heads”, which breaks for a lengthy bridge of haunting melody before bringing the monolithic riffs back for one more attack. The EP is then brought to a close by its most manic and dynamic cut, “Dialects”. The song begins with a creepy soundscape that bleeds into a quick burst of the band’s signature spastic guitar work. The chaos then dies down for a brief moment for a unnerving section of sparse, dissonant chords and eclectic drum work, before detonating one final riff bomb in listeners’ faces.
Fawn Limbs come out firing on all cylinders on this debut release. Towing Heads is a must-listen for fans of unbridled chaos.
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Mouthless” and “Dialects”
For Fans Of: Ion Dissonance, See You Next Tuesday, Nightmarer and Crowpath