Trap Them
Darker Handcraft


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
March 26th, 2011 | 257 replies | 29,122 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Watch your ass Converge

In case you were wondering, Trap Them is one of the most pissed off bands out there. They take the speed and chaos of Converge, the riffs and attitude of Every Time I Die, and throw a little grind into the mix just to be safe. Trap Them is breakneck at all times, pulling no punches and taking no breaks. They are unbridled anger masquerading as music. In the thirty-one minutes from start to finish, you are thrown about, disoriented, and taken on a terrifying rollercoaster ride through the depths of hell. You are given nary a chance to breathe, as the fear of your legs being taken out from under you pervades the album. There is also a very sinister edge to the whole thing, as if the album is dripping with Danzig’s blood.

Until the last track, there is no point where things lighten up, or slow down. Darker Handcraft is an album with riffs that spiral with discordance and fast, technical drumming that creates a sturdy backbone in an album that would fall apart without it. Trap Them has never had a full-time drummer until the entrance of Chris Maggio (formerly of Coliseum) who makes his presence known from the outset. Brian Izzi’s guitar work amazes, playing riffs that are a mile a minute, cutting in every direction. The true star of the album, however, is Ryan McKenney, whose venomous bark lifts each song to a new level, displaying hatred and desperation. The opening track, “Damage Prose”, is a good barometer for how the rest of the album is going to play out as well as being one of the strongest tracks. The best tracks on the album, however, are “All By The Constant Vulse” and the closer “Scars Align.” “All By The Constant Vulse” shows the band at their very best, with tremendous chemistry between guitars and percussion. Everything is fast and chaotic but there is never a second where things seem out of place. By contrast, “Scars Align” is by far the slowest song on the album in terms of tempo, and is surrounded by a crushing riff that seeps into your brain.

Trap Them has essentially perfected their brand of hardcore without making any huge changes to their sound, just tightening up all the pieces that were already there. There is no fat to be heard, no filler throughout the entire album. Darker Handcraft represents the pinnacle of a career that is still in its early stages and yet are miles ahead of their contemporaries. Hopefully with this album Trap Them gets the true respect and recognition they deserve, because this is as good as it gets.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a fucking killer

twlichty
March 26th 2011



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. tho your rating maybe a little high this album kicks fuckin ass. pos'd

cvlts
March 26th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin 123, curse. album rapes

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I knew you would agree with this review Life.

ButcheredChildren
March 26th 2011



5591 Comments


it's about time this got a review, pos

cvlts
March 26th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya bro, basically agreed with most of what you said. I wouldn't really put ETID and these guys on the same platform, and I definitely think Maggio is the star on this but that's just me.

The Facts - Sovereign Through the Pines is probably the greatest set of songs this year.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am I the only one the thinks McKenney kinda sounds like the guy from Cancer Bats?

ButcheredChildren
March 26th 2011



5591 Comments


donno but I wouldn't compare these guys to Converge, their different styles

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



8744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album rules :]

cvlts
March 26th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am I the only one the thinks McKenney kinda sounds like the guy from Cancer Bats?

LOL definitely just you.

Kris.
March 26th 2011



12152 Comments


stop writing reviews you suck btw this albums terrible its like RARARARARARA IM ANGRY AND IDK WHY

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kris I love you and hate you all at once

Kris.
March 26th 2011



12152 Comments


luv u 2 :3

iFghtffyrdmns
March 26th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Darker Handcraft is an album with riffs the spiral with discordance"
think you meant "that" instead of "the"

other than that, fantastic review. Saw these guys open for etid earlier in the year and they were fucking nuts, angry as all shit haha.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice catch, thanks

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2011



17920 Comments


this band is way too heavy for etid's cunty fans

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

miss u Chan

iFghtffyrdmns
March 26th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ouch chan, serious ouch.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2011



17920 Comments


i mean i like etid but still

iFghtffyrdmns
March 26th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay okay fair enough



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