Ontario’s Femur craft some very vile and antisocial chaotic hardcore on their debut full-length release, Red Marks.
The record’s grimy and vicious title tracks opens up Red Marks with a hammering assault of sludgy hardcore groove and aberrated, dissonant riffs. Like most of the record, “Red Marks” is rife with off-kilter and angular instrumentation whose sonic ugliness is heightened by nauseating guitar tones and vitriolic vocals. Everything just sounds bitter, pissed, and violent.
The violence continues to spread throughout the record and comes to a head in tracks like “Knife Fight in the Basement”. The record’s shortest and arguably most chaotic tune clocks in just shy of two minutes and features a sickening display of writhing, shifting guitar riffs and disfigured breakdowns. This short burst of disgust is followed by another titled “The Great Unwashed”, which weaves together the band’s penchant for caustic, obtuse guitar work with more “straightforward” hardcore stampedes.
During the second half of the record, the song’s become longer, more multifaceted, and more dynamic. The songs feature many sonic peaks and valleys, often building to devastating heights only to crash into quiet gloom. The tracks also deliver various musical passages to keep things flowing, as well as enough repetition to drill a particular section into the brain without being monotonous. One particular track that stands out during this portion of the record is the eight-minute sixth track, “Welcome Wind”. The track transitions between melancholic clean guitar sections, which possess a western-meets-emo feel, and explosions of dissonant sludge throughout, eventually reaching a cathartic conclusion. The transitions can feel a bit forced here, but everything comes together almost perfectly in the end.
Femur‘s Red Marks helps fill a void left behind by sludgy, chaotic hardcore acts such as Gaza and the_Network, while adding their own spin to the style. It’s full of anguish, aggression, and enough heavy riffs to cause bodily harm. Femur is definitely a name to lookout for.
Release Date: December 15, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Red Marks”, “Knife Fight in the Basement”, “Sex in Millimeters”, “Welcome Wind” and “Tourniquet”
For Fans Of: Gaza, the_Network, Reproacher, Helpless, and Ed Gein