Trap Them
Sleepwell Deconstructor



by noneckjoe USER (2 Reviews)
July 8th, 2008 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking influences from Rotten Sound, Entombed, Discharge and even Converge, Trap Them crafts an incredibly sound debut in Sleepwell Deconstructor.

Every once and a while, after sifting through the seemingly endless sea of mediocrity that heavy music is starting to become, you are taken by surprise when you discover a band like Trap Them. Bringing together members of Backstabbers Incorporated and December Wolves, this quartet from New Hampshire plays their own brand of crust-grind taking influences from Entombed, Discharge, Tragedy and even Converge. Mixing these influences together perfectly, Trap Them looks to rip your head off with Sleepwell Deconstructor.

Right from the opener "Day One: Insomniawesome," you know you're in for one hell of a ride. The listener is greeted by a one-minute opener of pure distortion-heavy grindcore, complete with tortured vocals, manic drumming, and buzzing guitars. The next track "Day Two: They Followed The Scent Of Jihad All The Way To Thieves In Paradise" is essentially two parts Converge, two parts Entombed with a dash of Rotten Sound thrown in for good measure. You've still got that fast, raging grind feel that the first track debuted but there are some great technical parts throughout the album that are introduced, here with some technical flares broken up by a great bridge. After this track, it's clear that Trap Them can mold their older and newer influences into one coherent mix of older grind and d-beat with a modern twist.

For the rest of the album, Trap Them delivers more scathing grind bombshells, most notably with the best track on the album "Day Five: Garlic Breakfast" where they are in their most technical form, but still pummel the listener with the speed they are capable of. Vocalist Ryan McKenney and company sound seriously brutal thanks to a great mastering job from Kurt Ballou which gives them the crunch they need to pull off this type of sound.

"Day Eight: Destructioneer Extaordinaire" offers a brief resting period that features passages of clean guitar, calmer vocals and lighter drumming intertwined with heavy parts that give the song a real epic feel. With this, Trap Them shows that they can stretch of the song length and make the most of it before they violently drop right back into the assault. "Day Eleven: Threatnurse" is another break that retains the heavier instrumentation, but fronted by some soft vocals. While not the greatest track on the album, it's interesting and doesn't take away from the immense feel of this album.

Basically, Sleepwell Deconstructor is twelve days spent on a blazing battlefield, filled as many explosions and casualties as possible. This bloodshed will not doubt leave your surroundings in ruin as it just piles so much destruction in 21 and a half minutes. Musically these guys are sound, showing off some creative songwriting but with nothing ever coming off as forced. Trap Them's influences will allow them to gain attention from all over, getting the nod from everyone from metalheads to even the crust punks. Not really anything negative to say, but I think these guys have the potential to do even more than this strong debut, which leaves me excited to hear what they have to offer in the future.

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July 8th 2008


This is a real good review. I would never check this out but nice.

July 22nd 2008


Aw, I was gonna do this sometime maybe. I absolutely love these guys, glad to see someone else does as well. They are quite nice people as well. I got the incredible chance to actually see them in my hometown with Architect and got to converse with their bassist and vocalist.

October 21st 2008


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

just discovered these guys recently. really really digging their sound. they almost have a bit of a Cursed sound to them too. either way, really gritty and crusty. lovin it. great review too. pretty much summed up my thoughts on this album

February 25th 2009


I love their most recent album so I'm gonna have to get this.

February 25th 2009


Okay so this is kickass as well.

February 25th 2009


Tragedy and Discharge are two of my favorite hardcore bands of all time. Definitely gonna have to look into this.

February 25th 2009


make sure you get 'seizures in barren praise' first - it just tops this.

April 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

The EP is probably my favorite of theirs, but Seizures and this kick major ass too. Glad to see this band getting some love.

October 13th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Bad raw production = muddy

Good raw production = dirty

This is sooo dirty.

January 17th 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

Kurt Ballou never disappoints

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