F.O.E.S, whom is based in Liverpool, has announced the release of forthcoming EP ‘Ophir’. The four piece band, which has opened for acts such as Twin Atlantic & Oceansize, possess a steadily increasing fan base in their home town. F.O.E.S came together as a newly formed creative project in early 2013. They claim to draw influence from every iconic rock band of years gone by; a difficult claim to live up to, although through further listening, such statements ring true.
The 5 track EP opens with the song ‘Sewn To The Sail & Unknown’. Chris Mackrill is a talented vocalist. He does little to emulate an American style of singing, instead retaining a British sound through and through. The first track has a witty tint to it, and Mackrill deserves praise for his timing. The heavy rock is evident on the first two tracks. ‘The Writing On The Wall’ features scream type vocals; not usually a favourite of mine, but I must admit they work surprisingly well. Not too much or too little time is given to these vocals, which means they add a flavoursome tinge to the song. ‘Ningyo’, the third track, opens in ballad style which seems far removed from the bands usual sound. Lyrically, the track seems a little dry and cliché, until the line ‘I’m sorry darling, it wasn’t me, it was you’ is sung. The rock drops in at this moment, and the guitar riffs seem to be a culmination of garage and heavy rock, which works well. ‘Four Of Oxblood’ returns to homely surroundings, with heavy drums and guitar.
View the Sewn To The Sail & Unknown [Official Music Video]
However, acoustic guitar makes an appearance. Coupled with lyrics that are better written, the track stands out for all the right reasons. The strongest track is the poetically named ‘The First Rook To Fly As The Thunder Rolls’. It has a psychedelic tint, what with the fuzzed up tremolo and atmospheric value. It still holds the darker tone characteristic of F.O.E.S, which amounts to personal value that will be appreciated by an ever growing fan base.
Ophir is a tribute to rock music, equipped with a bitter darkness that I’m sure the band was trying to create. The lyrical focus, oh so British vocals and pounding guitar set up F.O.E.S with a pretty strong stab at success. F.O.E.S has an all around darker sound, which forms the foundations for elaboration into other genres. This results in a little something for everyone, amassing in a well put together collaboration of genre. F.O.E.S will be announcing a UK tour to accompany their EP in the near future. 7.9/10