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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Harkonen/These Arms are Snakes
Like a Virgin EP
Hydra Head Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Anticipation can lead to letdown. I anticipated the Jade Tree debut by These Arms are Snakes for a while before it actually found its way into my hands. While some of it stood out, the songs that fell flat resounded as a giant letdown, much like the Christmas that I received GoBots instead of Transformers. What that debut showed was a promise - a band that had mass potential and the ability to bend it and shape it into greatness - and so it was that I began to eagerly anticipate this split/collaborative EP by two of the harder bands in the industry today. Oddly enough, though, was the fact that Harkonen, a band which I had only heard about and not yet heard, stood above the anticipated favorites These Arms are Snakes as my favorite part of this split.

This EP arrived at a time when I needed respite from whiny emo and country chanteuses and was seeking some balls-to-the-wall metal, with vocalists whose screams echoed through my daily drive to work, or, more importantly, while playing video games (a favorite time to listen to metal). So the question is this: is the music any good?

Fittingly, this EP ends in a collaborative effort between the two bands, as song after song blends one into the other seamlessly, showcasing the kinship that Harkonen and These Arms are Snakes share as members of the metal scene. TAAS come on with a swagger, their nonchalance befitting of their brand of Refused-inspired rock. This is a great lead-in to the buzz-saw guitars and guttural roar of Harkonen, whose second contribution, "Neverlanders," has made its way into my running list of favorite songs.

Harkonen and These Arms are Snakes have set the stage, giving newer listeners a delicious taste of finer things, and opened up opportunity for their brand of screaming metal to reach beyond their current fanbase.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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