ALBUM REVIEW: These Arms Are Snakes - Duct Tape & Shivering Crows

These Arms Are Snakes are keeping post-hardcore alive with their upcoming album “Duct Tape & Shivering Crows” out April 15th.

Showcasing filthy throbbing bass leads that is the star that drives every track along side prominant and formulated drum rhythms packing punches, garnished with grimy delay-drenched guitar riffs. A good set of earphones or speakers are definitely needed to explore the the low-end range and creativity behind every track with subtle production aspects that enhances the albums experience.

I found that clicking the play button on “Meet Your Mayor” made me jump out of my seat with the abrupt intro and scream. This track is surely to be the pit-opener at a live show, giving you a rush of adrenaline.

I found it is energised chaos and my favourite aspect is the creative panning as the guitar blares and ‘wahs’ in each ear.

“Camera Shy” really does shove conventional rhythm guitar to the side focusing on gut-punching bass riffs. The vocals really shone in this track, exploring dynamic changes from strained hostility to spoken telephone assetiveness. I loved the use of the shifting effects that put emphasis on the AB lyrical formula. The album leaves no room for predictability as every track switches so easily which makes this album entertaining as a listener. “Energy Drink and The Long Walk Home” gave the vibe of a meloncholy stripped back acoustic track or ballad, but before you can settle you are hit with the staple agression resulting in an “Ah, there it is” moment as you are misled.


“Heart Shaped Box” opened with dreary done of bass and sloppy noise, the vocals were not quite clear to me in this track as they slipped under the low frequency but as soon as the chorus kicked in, I quickly realised this was a Nirvana cover and it took me by surprise! It is such a creative and original way to cover an iconic song with a carefree attitude. The final tracks are demos of which, over all I feel hardcore fans would enjoy as its an insight of how the creative process is established and gives the audience something to be excited about if the band decides to release the final mastered tracks. “Riding the Grape Dragon” is the most polished whereas “Diggers of the Ditches Everywhere” is the most raw and unbalanced, on contrary to belief there is an upside to messy demos as this is the closest to hearing what the band will sound live but on record.

“The Blue Rose” is my favourite of the demo tracks as this one peaked my interest, the approach is different to the rest of the album; the bass is much warmer and the guitar took lead with contrasting clean and telephone effect vocals duelling. I have two perspectives on this album, the first, being quite lack-lustre and repetitive, however this is only if you tune out of experiencing the album, having it play in the background whilst focusing on a task. My second perspective thoroughly enjoys the album for the over all headache-inducing chaos and audio nonsense that brings out my inner punk and rebel channeling anger into feel-good energy.

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