Trapt
Reborn


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
January 27th, 2013 | 66 replies | 8,800 views


Release Date: 01/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This one-hit wonder one-trick pony has picked up some new skills, but not enough to interest anyone aside from longtime fans.

Among the dozens of post-grunge/alternative metal groups to recently be dropped by their major record labels, Californian nu metal act Trapt haven’t really taken this opportunity to become a “reborn” band as the title of their fifth studio album implies. While their modern rock peers such as Hoobastank and Digital Summer have used this newly gained independence to revise their music, Reborn sees Trapt still playing it safe with their trusty old drop C standard tuning, and lyrical topics about threatening retaliation if harassment continues: “I’m gonna hit you until it hurts/I’m gonna give you everything that you deserve” on the muscle-flexing album opener “Bring It”.

Trapt don’t really do much other than what they have been doing for a decade now (which was the same music countless other groups were making at the time anyway), but in every track on Reborn are minor instances of experimentation with electronic sonics. Trapt have always had little moments of genuine creativity with their wrung dry genre of choice, the most notable being the five minute ambient outerlude to "New Beginning”, the final track on their self titled debut album, and Reborn does possess a much more atmospheric finish than any previous Trapt album because of the inclusion of lavishing synths and production that has a ethereal tinge to it that resonates with every guitar chord that is struck. Though while these small new additions are noticeable and clearly present, they’re just that, small new additions and nothing greater. Over all, Trapt is still predominately a nu metal band, and one that feels aged and dated at that. The electronic elements are there, but it doesn’t help that they are only most noticeable when they are incorporated in the breaks in between the trudging Korn-inspired riffs, which here don't have anywhere near as much force as they did when Korn first brought them to the table nearly 20 years ago.

Ten years and five studio albums into their career, Trapt are still ironically somewhat trapped in the past themselves. Still rocking out like it's 2002, having made a trend of a sound too large of a part that makes up their core. But even if they’re nowhere near as “reborn” as they claim to be in the title, Reborn does have some surprising and refreshing traits, albeit tiny ones for their first independent major album. Although the minor changes will most likely not be enough to interest those who have not already been converted.



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breakingthefragile
January 27th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My shortest review that wasn't meant to be a soundoff in the first place in awhile. Let me know what you guys think.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2013


50329 Comments


This is short for you? cuz damn

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YoYoMancuso
January 27th 2013


11076 Comments


shit band, non-shit review

sixdegrees
January 27th 2013


17027 Comments


lol this band is still around

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fromtheinside
January 27th 2013


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i didn't know what to do when i heard bring it.
so i just kept going.
god awful album. i can't understand why you put yourself through it

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MuhNamesTyler
January 27th 2013


4018 Comments


fiiiiive studio albums

Asdfp277
January 27th 2013


1088 Comments


"While their modern rock peers Hoobastank and Digital Summer has"

-Have

"Trapt has always had"

-have always had

"Trapt has always had little moments of genuine creativity with their wrung dry genre of choice, the most notable being the five minute ambient outerlude to, “New Beginning”, the final track on their self titled debut album, and Reborn does possess a much more atmospheric finish than any previous Trapt album because of the inclusion of lavishing synths and production that has a ethereal tinge to it that resonates with every guitar chord that is struck."

-One sentence.

"having made a trend of a sound too large of a part that makes up their core."

-This reads funny. Is it just me?

breakingthefragile
January 27th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for pointing out the mistakes I made. Fixed the errors, cheers dude.

Asdfp277
January 27th 2013


1088 Comments


You're welcomed. Don't trust me a lot tho, english is my second language.

Your review seems a little bit harsh for a 3.0. Andd how Korn-ish are they?

breakingthefragile
January 27th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Didn't mean to sound too harsh. When I described the cons this album has I meant to describe how I felt they made the album mediocre and not necessarily bad. And they aren't THAT much like Korn. They're much more like any other radio rock band that takes after Korn. Expect angsty melodic vocals and nu metal riffs.

Asdfp277
January 27th 2013


1088 Comments


Nah, not gonna' bother, unless I have nothing else to do, and the curiosity push me to.

breakingthefragile
January 27th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, if the genre isn't your thing, this won't do much to change your mind. There are some new things here, but it's mostly just what you've heard before.

lyzakthellama
January 27th 2013


1732 Comments


Man, I haven't thought about this band in forever.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013


7386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

This surprisingly doesn't totally suck. It has some decent hooks. Good review.

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ChopSuey
January 27th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no its bad

bach
January 27th 2013


12550 Comments


These guys are still together?

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ChopSuey
January 27th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yup

TheSupernatural
January 27th 2013


1177 Comments


Just like nearly every other post-grunge album of the last couple of years?

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CasinoColumbus
January 27th 2013


340 Comments


Aaah, I remember those days that I thought this band was super cool. How foolish of me.

mindleviticus
January 27th 2013


8229 Comments


so bad

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