Album Review
These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower And DoveThese Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower And Dove

If you had gone out and picked up a copy of the new These Arms Are Snakes album just by their name and the album artwork without actually hearing any of their music, you would probably think they were a screamo punk band who want to be the next Gallows, well that's exactly what I would think if I was judging the band by their artwork and name and this is why you should never judge a band by their name, artwork, band members or anything until you have heard their music.

These Arms Are Snakes are infact a really odd mixture, the band have a hardcore sound that's full of energy but at the same time the band are very random, they have crammed so many different soundscapes into the album and made sure that everything is far from being predictable and this is something that I really love about These Arms Are Snakes, you will never be able to guess these guys next moves and you could listen to 'Tail Swallower And Dove' ten times over and still find something that you missed the last time you listened to it.

The whole album from the opening track 'Woolen Heirs' to the closing track 'Briggs' is a creative masterpiece. 'Woolen Heirs' has such a dark feel to it and vocalist Steve Snere's vocals are quite raw and shouty sounding but very different from what you are currently trying to picture, his vocals are raw in such a different way from what most artists raw vocals sound like. 'Prince Squid' is a really interesting song, the drum beats are immense and Steve's vocals make for a really interesting listen.

Most of the songs on the album are on for 3 or 4 minutes except for 'Ethric Double' which is on for 7 and a half minutes and also the last track 'Briggs which is on for nearly 7 minutes. Both songs are quite creative but it's 'Ethric Double' that really stands out the most, the song starts off quite mellow and really builds up the longer it goes on, the song soon progresses into a really dark moment with its eerie bass lines and spooky synths and before the song ends the guitars and drums come in for that final spot of madness.

These Arms Are Snakes are a band that you can get a lot of enjoyment out of but you need to be in the right mood to give them a listen and you have to listen to their album over and over a couple of times before the enjoyment really starts to sink in but when it does it won't be long before you start checking out these guys back catalogue. If you like noise, creativity and pure randomness then give These Arms Are Snakes a listen.


Review by Trigger
 Band Members

Steve Snere
Chris Common
Brian Cook
Ryan Frederiksen
 Track Listing
1. Woolen Heirs
2. Prince Squid
3. Red Line Season
4. Lucifer
5. Ethric Double
6. Seven Curtains
7. Long And Lonely Step
8. Lead Beater
9. Cavity Carousel
10. Briggs
 Band Related Links
These Arms Are Snakes Myspace
These Arms Are Snakes Official Website
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?