These Arms Are Snakes [I]Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go[/I] Review

Composed of former members from Botch and Kill Sadie, how could this record disappoint (although only 3 original members from the EP remain). Yet, the trend for many “ex-members” new projects is to be completely different from their notoriety sound. Although the music is still aggressive, it isn’t hardcore, it isn’t tech ?°¦ it’s more punk (at least in my mind). If you were to tag this effort anything, I’d give it the “post-punk” label. They play a brand of interesting melodic, yet 80’s-esque punk/hardcore that surely is lacking from the mainstream. Compared to their EP, this release definitely is a study in maturity. From start to finish they really don’t leave much to be desired since it isn’t necessarily a common sound. You aren’t left asking where are the “blah blah” or the “blah blah”, it’s more of like “what the fuck was that sound?” Surely These Arms Are Snakes won’t suit many listeners, but for many they might be some form of musical savior. I’ll admit, it’s hard to deny dirty, melodic punk; it’s a delicacy in the musical world.

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