October 10, 2006
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES [I]EASTER[/I] REVEIW
These Arms Are Snakes' second release Easter, produced by Chris Common (the band's drummer) is a fricassee of metal/hardcore furor and impulsive vocal lunges. The individual instrument parts are suited to the individual players and hashed out at varying degrees of speed and sound frequency as they twist and hurdle through the songs. There is familiarity in the metal binding and formidable deluges and tonality to Hot Cross and Botch. TAAS play metal to the max, coming at the listener in disgruntled heaps, mauling slingshots, and elbowing rants.
The bending and twisting effects in the series of guitar notes performed by Ryan Frederiksen on tracks like "Subtle Body" and "Horse Girl" are intensely perplex and piercing. The rhythm sections strategically maneuvered by drummer Common and bassist Brian Cook are stocky and add weight to lead singer Steve Snere's coarse vocal timbres. The instrumental piece "Desert Ghost" acts as a prelude to the acerbic psychedelics in "Child Chicken Play," which segues into the space-age shaped mechanics of "Hell's Bank Notes" and the parallel trails of percussive chants on "Abracadabraca." The vocal handling in "Abracadabraca" is tightly gripped with a robust hold while the instruments variables accrue a hounding unity in the build up and progressions making it one of the most cultivated tracks on the album where the vocals and instrument lines are precisely columned.
The song "Lady North" is attired with impressive vocal stretches and volcanic width. The acoustic guitar licks on "Perpetual Bris" cable into a lengthy organ regalia and a tomb-like vocal séance. A lot of the songs have a séance vibe to them, like the vocals are speaking to someone in another life. The music manifests into makeshift wings that bring the emotive and rugged vocals to the person who is meant to hear these lyrics. Like in "Lady North", where Snere barks, "You took my hand and threw me in the grave?°¦/ Now hold your throat/ The air's a little worse than last week/ It's a little bit warmer than last week/ Is it really like you weren't informed?/ Well, consider yourself enlightened now."
Its true heavy metal witticism that dates back to Black Sabbath and AC/DC. (I told you there was a familiarity in TAAS' music). The dark and gloomy tones in TAAS' songs are shrink wrapped into metalcore atmospheres which give each player space to act out loudly and independent of each other. Their lines are less clumped together than in other metal/hardcore bands but just as aggressively serrated and heavy in chafing wraiths. These Arms Are Snakes keep metal music relatable to the present in their own way.
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