August 21, 2003
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES [I]THIS IS MEANT TO HURT YOU[/I] REVIEW
Do a couple of things for me. Firstly, forget that These Arms Are Snakes count ex-members of seminal hardcore groups Botch and Kill Sadie amongst their ranks. Secondly, forget that Matt Bayles, the producer behind 'This Is Meant To Hurt You', has not only worked on Botch's epic 'We Are The Romans' and The Blood Brothers' groundbreaking 'March On Electric Children', but also Isis' 2002 masterpiece 'Oceanic'. Actually, forget everything you think you know about rock music and just know this - 'This Is Meant To Hurt You' is THE rock debut of 2003. Swirling guitar compositions and complex (but no less pounding) drum sections combine with a fluidity likely to leave you in goose bumps of excitement for months. From opener 'Riding the Grape Dragon' through to the crunching climax of 'Drinking from the Necks of the Ones you Love', it's as clear as day that all direct comparisons are worthless - there's only one band that sounds anything like These Arms Are Snakes, and you're listening to them.
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