Future Static Liminality – Wild Thing Records Although Future Static’s debut album Liminality has been two years in gestation, they certainly aren’t procrastinators, and if proof were needed then just check out opening song ‘Chemical Lobotomy’. Like the proverbial bat out of hell it arrives with little warming, and is all the more powerful for it. The band play with mechanical exactitude and fit together like a series of interconnecting cogs, but don’t write them off as a soulless machine because there’s plenty of heart here, and that’s thanks to bassist Kira Neil and front-woman Amariah Cook who trade vocals impressively. It’s a partnership that’s akin to fire and ice, lifting the listener to the heavens on the soaring ‘Icarus’ before crashing down on the stormy ‘Waves’. This is an album that’s constantly changing gears, it doesn’t stay in the same sonic space for long, and while this could make for an epileptic listen, the band’s segues are so smooth you hardly notice the shifts. A couple of guest appearances further spice the mix, but the album’s pièce de résistance is closer ‘The Embers’ which makes for an epic conclusion. The type of metal which Future Static play has traditionally been viewed as a boy’s club, but Liminality brings the ladies to the fore, and it proves a wise move.