Trap Them
Blissfucker


3.5
great

Review

by NoSons USER (22 Reviews)
June 14th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album saws through everything you have ever known.

Imagine a buzzsaw starting. Now imagine the grinding sound piercing the toughest of metals. The man wielding the destructive tool is none other than Ryan McKenney and while cutting through the objects he is screaming louder than the saw. The emotion is aggressive and the noise is enchantingly beautiful. Once you are done imagining the picture I just painted, you realize you actually hit play on the new Trap Them album and have been listening to the pounding aggression of first track 'Salted Crypts.' Instead of an actual buzzsaw you've been listening to Brian Izzi, Brad Fickeieson and Galen Baudhuin unleash all their might on the guitar, drums and bass respectively. The record, entitled Bliss***er, is out June 10th through Prosthetic Records.

After setting the stage with the opener, the second track 'Habitland' spirals off into a chaotic fury of hostility. The drums are charting at insane speeds while the guitars are pulverizing the mix with furious riffs. That level of intense chaos is kept up for most of the album. The band knows how to create dynamics and builds in their tracks too, which help keep the songs fresh and not repetitive. A fine example of the dynamic approach is the third track 'Gift And Gift Unsteady' which features more melodies winding through the heavy wall of distortion.

The speed at which this album races through might be the most impressive highlight. With the heavy rates per minute of each song comes impressive songwriting to keep them interesting and flowing. When the music takes a pause back from chain saw to hack saw, it never loses its intensity. 'Bad Nones' and 'Savage Climbers' are slower than the rest of their companions, but McKenney's piercing vocals are stronger than ever. His visceral screams give the tracks more of an impact and edge. His performance across this entire album is stellar. The guitars have a sludge appeal to them, really focusing on the slightly more melodic grooves that are present. Sandwiched between these two tracks is 'Forming Lining Wide The Walls' which is an absolute drum assault slicing its way through the eardrums of any potential listener.

To give Blissfucer a welcoming exit, the end of 'Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom' pounds out a final blastbeat attack. Trap Them have released another grinding album that punches out listeners with speed and heaviness.



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LordePots
June 14th 2014


7812 Comments


kind of lost interest in this band, pretty standard shit

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Slut
June 14th 2014


2476 Comments


what he said

wanderlust
June 15th 2014


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is ok

JS19
June 15th 2014


4343 Comments


If this just sounds like their last 3 albums I'm not sure I can be bothered

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zaruyache
June 15th 2014


6921 Comments


I was not big on their last album, but this didn't sound that interesting either.

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EyesWideShut
June 15th 2014


3181 Comments


kind of lost interest in this band, pretty standard shit [2]

never understand why they dont print out their lyrics

adr
June 18th 2014


2945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is pretty good, but Handcraft is way better tbh. Pretty standart shit yeah, but solid standart shit. Whoa.





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Nikkolae
June 18th 2014


4860 Comments


Seance Primes is still their best for me but only cause i like the story behind it a bit more, band is really consistent dunno what yall on about

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deezer666
June 23rd 2014


30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pretty damn boring, I want to like them they just do nothing for me, Early stuff was better for sure

Hawks
July 15th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed that this is standard. It's really not as bad as some people seem to think though.

wacknizzle
July 15th 2014


13501 Comments


Yeah, I wanted to like this but it just hasn't done much for me. Haven't had much desire to even listen to it enough to rate.

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Hawks
July 15th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not as good as Darker Handcraft, but I still dig it.

Regulator
July 19th 2014


606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I decided to just play all of Trap Them`s albums on shuffle, and then I started to notice that these tracks fit with their body of work better in that sense. The album definitely lacks in a few departments, most notably the drumming. Also, why are the vocals so far in the background on so many tracks... McKenney is a fucking animal, and should be more in the foreground. His vox could have saved this album a bit I think. Still stoked to finally see these guys live next week.



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