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These Arms Are Snakes - This Is Meant to Hurt You (Cover Artwork)

These Arms Are Snakes

These Arms Are Snakes: This Is Meant to Hurt YouThis Is Meant to Hurt You (2003)
Jade Tree Records

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Ex-Botch, Ex-Kill Sadie...sounds like a metalcore fantasy, but These Arms are Snakes are not what you'd expect. While not as heavy as you'd think, 'da Snakes are just as assaulting. Sounding like a cross between Fugazi, Therapy?, Nomeansno and the Blood Brothers (who also happen to be tourmates o' .
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Ex-Botch, Ex-Kill Sadie...sounds like a metalcore fantasy, but These Arms are Snakes are not what you'd expect. While not as heavy as you'd think, 'da Snakes are just as assaulting. Sounding like a cross between Fugazi, Therapy?, Nomeansno and the Blood Brothers (who also happen to be tourmates o' da Snakes), These Arms Are Snakes have managed to craft a solid EP of interesting post-punk. Kicking off wearing their influences on their sleeves ("Riding the Grape Dragon" could've very well fit in on Milemarker's "Frigid Forms Sell" record and "Run Through It" zips along Drive Like Jehu style), things get start getting interesting fast. The wiry guitar lines of the two standouts, "Diggers of Ditches Everywhere" and the, uh, interestingly-titled "Drinking From the Necks of the Ones You Love", slither along (hahahahha...hoo boy) creating dreamy soundscapes before cracking open into firy climaxes. While all solid, with track lengths nearly always nearing or exceeding 5 minutes, the songs tend to plod along at points sometimes. Anyhow, get thee to the studio and produce the full lentgth already. Post-punk at its grating-est (...uh, is that a word?), these dudes are gonna be dangerous. Hiss. For Fans Of: Blood Brothers, Hot Snakes, Milemarker

 

 
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Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

is she kissing a girl or wat? have her call me

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

A complete retard moron.

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

gwstre

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

i just wanted to say that the guy who likes the hot snakes and blood brothers is obviously very smart. Yeah, these arms are snakes are alright. Hot Snakes and the blood brothers are better. These arms are snakes still have my respect, they're better than Roy.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

I really like this band's name

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

"It is a problem, anytime you listen to mostly one genre thats a problem, especially in this case because most metal is horrible. And please janelle, dont let this disagreement come between us."

Don't worry, it won't come between us - I wouldn't let a little trivial comment like that ruin what we have...I was just questioning what was so wrong with listening to metal.
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

"Best hardcore song ever" is like sayin "Yeah that was the best anal raping ever"

annonymous (October 2, 2003)

GUTG - Since Always = possibly the best hardcore song EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... thats right

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

none of those bands are metal. you kids are confused. go read books.

dignin (October 2, 2003)

"Why should this be a problem?"

It is a problem, anytime you listen to mostly one genre thats a problem, especially in this case because most metal is horrible. And please janelle, dont let this disagreement come between us.

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

ooh you're right. that's a good record, by the way.

AlbertFreddyIngram (October 1, 2003)

This cover looks like the Deftones "Around the Fur" cover. am i the only one who thinks that?

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

"Indeed, why does that guy listen to so much metal? This is what is important here."

Why should this be a problem?
-Janelle

Leandro (October 1, 2003)

I love the cover....TAKE THAT GWEN STEFANI!

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

I love this album cover. I would want something similar for my band, if we were to ever actually to record something (ha). Indeed, why does that guy listen to so much metal? This is what is important here.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

the cover really bugs me

dignin (September 30, 2003)

"Why does everyone who listens to music hate songs that are over 3 minutes long? Do you people not have attenion spans? I listen to a lot of, nearly almost exclusively, metal and metalcore and almost all songs are over four minutes. And those "plodding" parts are usually bridges and/or buildups."

I think the real question is why do you listen to so much metal?

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Great album cover

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

who from botch is in this band?

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

they're not bad, lots of potential, but not great yet,
their live set is interesting but needs to be refined....

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

meh, i love hot snakes, i like the blood brothers, but these guys are kinda weak.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

second!

shit... i got beat. damn.

what horrible luck.

-boba_fett

johnnydanger (September 30, 2003)

Why does everyone who listens to music hate songs that are over 3 minutes long? Do you people not have attenion spans? I listen to a lot of, nearly almost exclusively, metal and metalcore and almost all songs are over four minutes. And those "plodding" parts are usually bridges and/or buildups.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

these guys put on a awesome live show accented by flashy lights. cooooooooool

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Probably.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Would anyone give a shit about this band if Buddyhead hadn't mentioned them?

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

I bought this based on the Botch connection alone. And well, my jury is still out. Part of me wants to hate it for trying to be a poor mans fugazi the other half just wants Botch back. So actually, I dont really like this band too much and I miss Botch.

cryinariver,
-bryan styles

prankish (September 30, 2003)

I guess I "just don't get it".

Total crap. They opened for Against Me! and made my ears very, very sad.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

No offense, but how about an actual review of this EP instead of name dropping a bunch of bands.

maverick (September 30, 2003)

This didn't do much at all for me. Obtuse for the sake of being obtuse. No thanks.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

idiot...the one time you actually try to be second you get first.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Second!

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