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THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES 'Tail Swallower and Dove'

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Seattle’s art-core outfit THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES never really fit in anywhere. Over the course of their 2003 debut EP they vacillated between epileptic fits of ‘90s DIY post-hardcore, woozy narcotic jam-outs, fortified classic rock riffage, and slow-churning cataclysmic dirges. The band continued on a path made even more confusing but undeniably invigorating by the jarring synth hooks and four-on-the-floor pulse of their first album 'Oxeneers' and the prog-rock forays of their sophomore full-length 'Easter'. When it came time to record their final album 'Tail Swallower and Dove', the band was less interested in charting out new territories and more focused on turning their myriad of approaches into one cohesive sound. From the chugging thrust and Heldon-esque breakdown of dueling synth and guitars on “Woolen Heirs," to the jagged noise rock of “Red Line Season," to the 8-bit sludge of “Lucifer," to the climactic twang-and-crunch of side closers “Ethric Double” and “Briggs," THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES managed to retain their broad palette of sound while reigning it all in to a cohesive style that continues to defy categorization.