For once you can believe the hypeâ€¦
Insert name here are
the most pissed off and aggressive band you’ll hear this year. Does
this sound familiar? The above quote could be taken from any number
of press releases I’ve been sent in the last six months, and to be
honest, I’m growing rather tiresome of the sheer volume of labels
who tout insert name here as this year’s saviours of rock and
Washington’s Trap Them
aren’t re-inventing the punk rock wheel, but they are a giant fuck
you to any band that relies on glitz and glamour to sell records. They
are a dirty, all out assault on the senses who’ve managed to condense
more musical venom into fifteen minutes than most bands can muster in
a life time.
Having released a full length
record (Sleepwell Deconstructor) in April of last year, Trap Them
followed up with this short and sharp EP in October, and if these five
songs are any indication of what the band is capable of, then their
next release will something to behold.
Ryan McKenney’s desperate
vocals come out kicking and screaming amid a sea of feedback and squealing
guitars, making “The Protest Hour” the ideal introduction to a Trap Them record. “Pulse Mavens” is a mid paced number that
would no doubt please fans of metal turned rock enthusiasts Entombed
and “Citizenihilist” sounds downright maniacal.
from an EP is always a challenge, but the discordant grooves of “The
Iconflict” are simply unbeatable. The song’s tempo barely makes
it past a crawl but the intensity of Ryan’s vocals coupled with the power of the band’s musical performance makes
it sound menacing. “Wafers And Wine Of Sandblast Times” picks up
the pace again with a series of blasts and thrash beats guiding the
song through its various twists and turns… and really, what better
way to end a record!?
This CD is not for the faint
hearted but if fifteen minutes of aural violence sounds like your idea
of a good time then this is for you.
The Protest Hour
Wafers And Wine Of Sa