Review Summary: A bland mix of nu-grind, death/metalcore, and electronica, Hits From The Bow combines moronic song names and disjointed music to create a jumbled and incoherent mess of noise. The scene kid's avant-garde.
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On paper, Arsonists Get All The Girls seem to be a breath of fresh air into the stagnant pool of recent of 'Deathcore' bands. In a genre characterized by breakdown-laden songs and recycled chug riffs, the band certainly has potential to be unique. Taking the -core sound and mixing in keyboard breaks and jazzy interludes, even adding in some technicality, "Hits From The Bow" had a good chance of sporting a collection of cutting edge and innovative songs. I really thought I was about to hear something original and interesting.
Not so much.
Arsonists Get All The Girls seem to be a little confused. They are obviously trying to stand out from the crowd, doing their best to diversify their sound with elements usually not heard in Deathcore. Unfortunately, coupled with lackluster electronica melodies, Hits From The Bow boils down to nothing more than a spazzy breakdown fest, grouping them right back in with the worst of the genre. The CD opens with "This Time You're Gonna Get it Dirty Shirley", the first of ten songs that sound largely the same. Chaotic blast beats and synth lines are buried under chugging guitar and either growling or screaming vocals. Occasionally, a flurry of keyboard effects or a forced jazzy interlude is used to bridge in between ideas during songs.
The guitarwork is mildly impressive from a technical standpoint, but is boring and usually unmemorable. Relying heavily on breakdowns, the guitarists chug furiously through all ten songs, rarely letting up intensity, but letting interesting riffage fall to the wayside. The good news is that when they choose to break from this trend some very catchy riffs emerge. "Battle of The Bulge" is probably the best example of this, showcasing some impressive melodies and even leads and harmonies. Unfortunately, none of the songs have any progression to them, and even the promising sections eventually fall back into boring -core trend of the CD. The drummer displays some talent in his speedy fills and blast beats, but thats about all he does. Occasionally he whips out something new, but many times he just plays like a typical metal speedster at the kit.
All in all, Hits From The Bow is a collection of 10 tracks with very little direction or progression; I would describe them less as songs and more as strings of riffs loosely held together by nonsensical bridges and interludes. I'm sure this release will satisfy fans of the genre, but not many others. As for me, I just don't get it.
From what I have heard from them, they seemed interesting, but like a lot of these bands they got to learn how to write music, not just showing off there skills on the guitar and drums without any direction whatsoever.
honestly the review doesnt seem like a fan of the genere so i feel he was bias towards this band i found this cd to be a better release than some other deathcore bands these guys are pretty much a progressive Deathcore band with grindcore influences and there new cd "The Game Of Life" is alot better than this one on all fronts musicality,technicality,catchyness,heavyness
btw the music doesnt lack direction on this cd its just very frantic and chaoitc at times and switches up alot to not become boring duh (grindcore thinking) but if you cant tell the diffrence between track 1 and track 3 for instance i guess you are just listeing to the music as noise and not actual music IMO one of the better deathcore bands out right now
It seems like the reviewer was biased. I mean it is obvious, when the main points of his negative review were the term "deathcore" and choppy song progression. There are lots of bands out their with choppy sound progression and they do it on purpose and some of them (mr. Bungle, The Locust) have been recieved as masterpieces. Im not saying AGATG is as good as either of those, just that the reviewer is biased.
BTW it REALLY pisses me off peronally when people review bands and decide to ahte them because of what genre they are.
Just because Mr. Bungle can pull off choppy songs doesn't that this band can. Yes, some bands do it on purpose, but that doesn't make it sound any better. And yes, some of Mr. Bungle's work have been called masterpieces, but I don't see how that makes Arsonists Get All The Girls a better band.
And I'll admit I'm no fan of -core music, but nowhere did I say that the reason I hate this is because of it's genre. Obviously, every genre has certain qualities that define it. I don't dislike the band because of the label attached to them, I dislike them because of the qualities they have that make that label. I thought I gave specific points as to exactly why I don't like the CD. And the fact that it's metalcore was not one of those reasons. The fact that it sounds like metalcore was. There is a huge difference.This Message Edited On 04.23.08