It’s been a long, hard wait. But at last, Liverpool band F.O.E.S – one of the finest progressive rock bands in all of the UK – have finally treated us to Antecedence, the follow-up to their incredible Ophir EP from last year. And won’t you believe it, they have went and outdone themselves with this one.
Rival Thrones serves as a rip roaring opener that treats us with a combination of great riffs and vocals, a fantastic rhythm and a really catchy chorus; soon leading into Crown Antler which displays more of the band’s trademark complexities, especially in the guitar department, in addition to featuring a rocking drum beat.
They then bring it down to provide a more gentle tune in the form of El Punumbra that leans more on the ambient side, before suddenly cranking up the dial again with the explosive This Is Kingdom Come, a high velocity track with very memorable lyrics that is undoubtedly the highlight of the EP.
Capping off with the awe-inspiring No Sleepers Verse, this is a spectacular record that continues to showcase the band’s amazing, intricate abilities. Why these guys have not received major exposure for their talents yet is quite a mystery.
F.O.E.S head off on a UK tour with London rock trio Bad Sign next month:
- 28/08: Southampton – Joiners
- 29/08: Bridgend – Hobos
- 30/08: Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
- 01/09: Stoke – Tech Noir
- 02/09: Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy
- 03/09: Edinburgh – Mash House
- 04/09: Sheffield – Corporation