August 25, 2003
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES [I]THIS IS MEANT TO HURT YOU[/I] REVIEW
"This Is Meant To Hurt You" is the debut EP by the new hardcore rock gods, These Arms Are Snakes. Feauring ex members of such bands as Botch ( bassist Brian Cook), Deadlcok ( drummer Joe Preston ), Kill Sadie ( singer Steve Snere ) and Nine Iron Spitfire ( guitarist Ryan Frederiksen ), These Arms Are Snakes are a rock combo that mixes in an incredilbe and original way any influences you could want: from post-hardcore to rock'n'roll, from 80's DC hardcore to punk, this band is smart, clever, original and really caught my attention since the first time I heard such tracks as "Riding the Grape Dragon" or "Run It Through the Dog". These Arms Are Snake cannot be pigeon-holed in one only genre, as they have everything that goes from the Blood Brothers to Minus The Bear, from Milemarker to Jucifer, from Cave In to Drive Like Jehu: rock harmonies, hardcore riffs, screams, slow moments and a great, hard-to-find-today rock'n'roll attitude. Produced by Matt Bayles ( of Blood Brothers, Isis, Botch fame )The EP on Jade Tree only shows the band with five songs, a great way to discover these new architects of rock, but not enough yet to let the world know how much this band is going to influence the music world of today. I know that I am already waiting for their debut LP, so, in the meantime "This Is Meant To Hurt You" will please my ears while I am couting the days.
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