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Hear Crypt’s ‘Completely Fucked’: These Arms Are Snakes Frontman Goes Witchwave


picture-18150-1372868577Christopher R. Weingarten // August 21, 2012

Bubbling up from witch house’s crustiest cauldron come Crypts, a new project from ex-These Arms Are Snakes front-yelper Steve Snere. It’s easy to compare it to contemporary chapel-haunters like Salem or darkwave revisionists like Cold Cave thanks to the booming 808s, syrupy Houston slow rides and googaze synths. But Snere’s hardcore-fueled screeching of bloody murder makes this thing closer to “Stigmata”-era Ministry if it were shaking bloody paws with the creepier corners of 4AD. This is ultimately a punk record if Ian MacKaye was seeing purple instead of red. Don’t believe us? Hear the blistering opebing track, “Completely Fucked” below, a two-minute tantrum of sultry “Moments in Love” synths meet a pile-up of gabber snares and rubbed-raw screams.