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Trap Them – Darker Handcraft

Prosthetic Records 2011
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft

In no uncertain terms “Darker Handcraft” is a vicious assault. Trap Them‘s pulsing ferocity and unchecked restraint reek of blood, sweat and determination. A lives worth of aggression tempered through blown amps and rat piss-soaked clubs channeled expertly here by the capable hands of Converge‘s Kurt Ballou – who oversaw the production of this release.

A fierce statement, “Darker Handcraft” proceeds at a blistering pace that leaves the listener almost gasping for air. Combining the abrasive edges of Converge, with the D.I.Y. vitriol of Cursed (especially on “The Facts“) and the blackened death ‘n’ roll Entombed helped make famous; the band have become the aural equivalent of a concertina wire filled tornado.

Loud, harsh and discordant; the outings punishing momentum sees the group push through a whirlwind of searing noise-laden distortion with bloodied, bare knuckled tenacity. Few bands are able to take on such an unrelenting approach. Even when Trap Them capitalize on a slower tempo, the imposing wall of noise they present remains infinitely sinister and claustrophobic.

True the band aren’t exactly peerless. Doomriders have been mining a similar, though admittedly far less menacing, territory as of late. But with a seemingly unending supply of malevolent persistence and wretchedly barbed riffage; this album sees Trap Them emerge as a darkened force evil enough to ensure that the floppy haired, neck tattooed legions will never be able to fully hijack the scene.

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    • But do you like horses?

      So, good band. I’ll check this out for sure. I was thoroughly saddened when they pulled out of ETID’s last tour down here. Maybe next time tough guys? Please don’t do that again. People care.

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    • I’d very much like to see a Trap Them, Trash Talk and Bracewar tour. Im pretty stoned right now, but Im still fairly sure I’d like this even if I weren’t.

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    • If you’ve never heard these guys, which I find incredible to believe, then you should check out “Seizures in Barren Praise”. Easy one of the best heavy albums of the past couple years.

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    • captian nemo     February 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Yes, trap them is an excellent band. I’m super pumped about this album. Reincarnation of Lost Lones is the greatest justifiable punch to your mothers face song in the history of histories. Great stuff.

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    • southpawchew     March 8, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Just seen them last night in buffalo, probably less then 80 people there and the band set up on the floor super badass show. The cd is awesome 4-5

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     March 30, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Fun adjectives in your review, but this CD absolutely is un-deserving of a 4 Star rating. These red-headed step-childs of Converge bow too low before them to stand out. “Darker Handcraft” is an attitude record, and one that the general feel is chewing Fruit Stripe gum longer than 4 minutes.

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