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Band: SECRET ARMS
Genres: Punk / Rock / Noise Rock / Math Rock / Grind / Emo / Shoegaze / Instrumental/ Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Screamo
Related artists: N/A.
Country: Miami, USA
Years Active: 2011-2013 (hiatus)
Song: "Palm Reader"
Album: "New Colonies"
For fans of: Voyage In Coma, The Suicide Machines, Orchid, La Mantra De Fhiqria,
I Am Alaska, (newer) Propgandhi, Carrion Spring, and Forstella Ford
aka PROPER Screamo.
If you liked Forstella Ford, these guys are the closest I've heard to that seminal Level-Plane Records band. These guys came out of nowhere last year and knocked me on my ass. How can 3 people make this much noise? What, am I listening to Rats Into Robots?. Well...almost. Much like Voyage In Coma, SECRET ARMS fuse aggressive, hardcore punk rock with blistering screamo.
"Palm Reader" shows the band at their best, balancing speed, melody, dual screaming and some nifty time signatures.
"Keep Warm" sounds a lot like La Mantra De Fhiqria 2.0 meets Hot Water Music and I Am Alaska. This song boasts a lot more melody but at the 1:40 mark they play an amazing back and forth riff/vocal thing that gets me every time. It slows down afterwards and the band shows that they can get heads a nodding.
The last song I'll mention is "Holy War", which is almost 5 minutes of in-your-face punk, hardcore and some metal-influenced screamo. There's some very interesting harmonizing on this song, and at times it reminds me of Trapdoor Fucking Exit. Old-school.
The band has since moved to different parts of the country, so it looks like no new output is expected any time soon, if ever. I hope I'm wrong. This band recorded a pretty fantastic album; make sure you check it out here and download it for free or toss the band some cash as incentive to reform.
2012 - New Colonies cdLP (stream/download/pay what you want here)
(2012) SECRET ARMS - "Palm Reader" (from 'New Colonies' cd)
(2012) SECRET ARMS - "Holy War" (from 'New Colonies' cd)
(2012) SECRET ARMS - "Keep Warm" (from 'New Colonies' cd)
SECRET ARMS 'New Colonies' download