The Armed’s debut full-length – the largely DIY effort These Are Lights – is the surprise of 2009. Not since Trap Them’s Sleepwell Deconstructor has there been a debut so vibrant and promising that the listener foams at the mouth in anticipation of future releases. Not that These Are Lights isn’t tight – it is a staggering amalgamation of punked-out chord progressions, polyrhythms, and off-kilter riffs and drumming – but you can’t help but expect huge things in the future. As a debut, These Are Lights is a light in a rather dark tunnel in its scene. Songs like “Terrordactyl” and “Kingbreaker” are three-minute headsmashers that will make any fan of heavy music happy, while closer “The Great Fatsby” is one of the best songs of the year. Period.