Anchor Arms - Cold Blooded (Cover Artwork)

Anchor Arms

Anchor Arms: Cold BloodedCold Blooded (2008)
Fail Safe

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
User Rating:

Contributed by: BryneBryne
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Ah, the good ol' 'Gainesville sound.' You know what I'm talking about: gruff, sloshy vocals, rough-around-the-edges melodies and a general looseness that adds a certain relatable quality to the music. It's been done time and time again, yet we keep coming back for more. You may not know it yet, but .
iTunes StoreAmazon

Ah, the good ol' 'Gainesville sound.' You know what I'm talking about: gruff, sloshy vocals, rough-around-the-edges melodies and a general looseness that adds a certain relatable quality to the music. It's been done time and time again, yet we keep coming back for more. You may not know it yet, but you've already heard the debut full-length from Anchor Arms (not to be confused with Anchors for Arms), Cold Blooded. Regardless, there's a lot to like here.

The title track kicks off things in bouncing fashion before descending into a driving verse, replete with fun gang vocals and "hey!"s that undoubtedly translate well in a live setting. "Poison Arrows" has an almost melodic hardcore feel to it, with a lot of frets being utilized in the guitar parts and James Austin's throat-shredding "whoa"s setting up the song's dramatic end. The bounciness and driving verses return in the Smoke or Fire-esque "Girl and a Glacier," and the results are pretty enjoyable. Ditto for "Modern Medicine," a track that finds Austin truly channeling his inner Joe McMahon with a vocal performance that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Above the City.

"Black Water" is an interesting track with several distinct parts -- the first half or so of the song is a minimal, relatively quiet section featuring light percussion and whiskey-soaked vocals before the band kicks in at full volume with tons of "hey!"s and frantic drumming; then, the band seamlessly wraps up the song by throwing in a simple, effective hook while Austin screams, "From the bottom of my heart, my god I miss you!"

Cold Blooded wraps up solidly, with the call-and-repsonse vocals of "Cocaine Cowboys" doing a nice job of setting up an extremely catchy chorus, and the rhythm section bounces on "Totally Dead Wolves" while Austin raspily howls like there's no tomorrow. The band utilizes the loud/quiet dynamic to near-perfection on "Good Dead Me," and throw in another effective hook to end the song on for good measure. "Wires" closes the record admirably as a mid-tempo affair with the highlight being the absolutely huge gang vocals. It probably would've sounded better as track 5 or 6, but it's hardly a huge gripe.

At 9 songs clocking in at a tidy 22 minutes, Cold Blooded doesn't feel like much of a full-length, but its brevity certainly enhances its replay value and there isn't really any filler here. Anchor Arms are definitely a band to keep an eye on.



People who liked this also liked:
Screeching Weasel - EmoDead to Me - Little BrotherOff With Their Heads - From The BottomScreeching Weasel - My Brain HurtsOperation Ivy - Operation IvyAnchor Arms / Madison Bloodbath - Split [7 inch]Against Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseThe Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundGreen Day - InsomniacHot Water Music - Caution

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
wonton (January 4, 2009)


herbertfranklin (September 27, 2008)

Great, great band

onegirlarmy (September 26, 2008)

This band is good, and so is Anchors For Arms.

120dB (September 26, 2008)

The album is GOOD. Very good.

Anthony_A (September 26, 2008)

sweetsuperior, I happen to like both bands and I'm good friends with Anchors for Arms. So why not help them promote their cd?

llmp (September 25, 2008)

Blackjaw: I'm not saying there's a logical reason behind it...I mean, if a band has a similar thought process in creating a name it stands to reason that their music may be along similar lines. But really I didn't put that much thought into it. Too many bands out there..

spoon_of_grimbo (September 25, 2008)

fooking awesome album. i couldn't find this anywhere, but it turns out no idea are distributing it, which is cool. and the guy who mentioned an award show back there? definitely agreeing with those!

sweetsuperior (September 25, 2008)

(to the comment below) WHO CARES?

Anthony_A (September 24, 2008)

Every time I see news about this band I think of Anchors for Arms, who just finished recording their new album.

saladfingers (September 24, 2008)

4 stars not 2

saladfingers (September 24, 2008)

bought this the other day after checking out the stream. really enjoyable listen.

cocaine cowboys being the early highlight

ddb43 (September 24, 2008)

This band is so good. Love the album and album cover. Great music and review. I ditto dipping my balls in it.

sweetsuperior (September 24, 2008)

i wanna dip my balls in it.

justinius (September 24, 2008)

total gunmoll worship.

i approve of this.

Blackjaw_x (September 23, 2008)

To the last two comments:

Why judge a band based on the similarity of its name to other bands?

name (September 23, 2008)

not as good as arms aloft. sorry bros.

llmp (September 23, 2008)

Good review. I'll have to check this band out. Probably wouldn't have due to their similarity to the very boring Anchors for Arms.

eazyd2 (September 23, 2008)

needs more cowbell.

Blackjaw_x (September 23, 2008)

Figured I should score it.

Also, Cocaine Cowboys is just amazing instrumentally, it would have been better without the vocals.

Blackjaw_x (September 23, 2008)

If I held an award show, they'd win "Best Album Art" and "Best New Gainesville Band".

mikexdude (September 23, 2008)


Exclusive Streams


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Managing Editor

Adam White

Contributing Editors

Kira Wisniewski Brittany Strummer Armando Olivas John Flynn Chris Moran John Gentile Mark Little

Copy Editor

Adam Eisenberg Britt Reiser

Podcast Producer

Greg Simpson


Aubin Paul

ISSN 1710-5366

© Copyright 1999-2013 Punknews.org

Terms of Use Privacy Policy Contact Us About Punknews.org

Other Places to Go