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Guiltmaker - Driven by Arms (Cover Artwork)

Guiltmaker

Guiltmaker: Driven by ArmsDriven by Arms (2006)
Kiss of Death

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Guiltmaker prove in a mere 4 songs that they've got a masterful sense of early `90s post-hardcore and mid-`90s emo. Driven by Arms takes a foundation laid by Texas Is the Reason and adds on a few more complex layers, like Quicksand's softer parts; sort of like what Fairweather was doing on their 200.
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Guiltmaker prove in a mere 4 songs that they've got a masterful sense of early `90s post-hardcore and mid-`90s emo. Driven by Arms takes a foundation laid by Texas Is the Reason and adds on a few more complex layers, like Quicksand's softer parts; sort of like what Fairweather was doing on their 2002 EP, Alaska, but with an even greater nod to the time periods described above. It's notable to mention that this is a sound being created by ex-members of Reversal of Man, Combat Wounded Veteran, and a few others residing at the near opposite end of the musical spectrum.

Songs like opener "Connected" feature distorted, bouncing guitars, and endearing vocals, but that pretty much sets the pace for the rest of the disc -- songs all more or less flirting around the 4-minute mark, with mini buildups and fades, "Mark the Walls" executing one of these builds particularly well.

Driven by Arms is short, but promising. It's simply a sound rooted very much in those 1991-1996 years, and one that seems to be at a premium these days. To see the band flex their creative muscle -- and over the course of a full set of songs -- would be quite a treat.

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Icapped2pac (July 15, 2006)

The second song was just as good, so I ordered it from the label (www.myspace.com/kissofdeathrecords). It's only $6 including s&h.

Give this one a chance, kids, it's quite good.

Icapped2pac (July 15, 2006)

Well, the first song on their myspace is totally whip-ass. I might have to drop some dough on this and support the cause.

DenBez (July 14, 2006)

Steak Mtn. artwork = good record.

Look it up, it's the truth!

Anonymous (July 14, 2006)

I love the Steak Mtn artwork and i really dig this bands late 80's/early 90's posthardcore sounds and it contains ex members of some great bands. Yep this is good.

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