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Trap Them

Trap Them: Sleepwell DeconstructorSleepwell Deconstructor (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Trap Them's debut is more blistering than living in the sun's chromosphere, blending bits of punk, crust, grind, and metal, screaming and twisting its way through 21 minutes on Sleepwell Deconstructor. Sleepwell Deconstructor is nothing less than jarring. All the instruments and a voice not unlik.
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Trap Them's debut is more blistering than living in the sun's chromosphere, blending bits of punk, crust, grind, and metal, screaming and twisting its way through 21 minutes on Sleepwell Deconstructor.

Sleepwell Deconstructor is nothing less than jarring. All the instruments and a voice not unlike a deeper-throated Jacob Bannon's constantly coalesce to provide a dynamic pacing and overwhelming sound. While the band is sure enough to slip in a few let-ups and not constantly drill away at the drum kit, be assured that for its entire duration you will not only be compelled, but thrown around.

While half its songs do round off to a minute apiece, others stretch beyond those means and express Trap Them's creative visions well. The lyrically warfare-preparing "Day Five: Garlic Breakfast" tears off a few more intricate riffs, while "Day Six: Fucked as Punk" manages to build to a frothing, pounding climax in just over two minutes. "Day Eight: Destructioneer Extraordinare" is the biggest surprise, an apprehensive, five-minute-long track that shows the band must be spinning some 'post-metal' bands in between their bouts of Tragedy and Discharge; however, it reminds me of the more deliberate songs off November Coming Fire's excellent Dungeness. Of course, it follows with two tracks guns-a-blazing, then the sinister, on-the-verge-of-exploding "Day Eleven: Threatnurse" and one final blowout in "Day Twelve: All Hands on the Medic."

Aesthetically pleasing and only relatively genre-appropriate artwork plus excellent production courtesy of the ever-consistent Kurt Ballou make Sleepwell Deconstructor the full package. It'll also make a swell holdover between Tragedy's Nerve Damage and Disnihil's forthcoming full-length.

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Ianw (April 5, 2007)

That mp3 is ok. Not "jarring" though.

denbez (April 4, 2007)

I believe you meant to give this a ten. It's okay, everybody makes mistakes, now go fix it.

Anonymous (April 4, 2007)

this band also had the vocalist/guitarist of Transistor Transistor. The album is no doubt solid.

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

elephantdwarf be right. this is at least a solid 4. it's a little short, but that Destructionaire Extraordinaire song is fucking epic. kurt ballou's production is fucking sick. great stuff.

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

This sounds like an amazing band; definately worth getting into.

elephantdwarf (April 3, 2007)

this is better than a 3 1/2. i'd say at least a 4. maybe a 4 1/2 after a few more listens.

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

This band includes ex-members of Backstabbers Inc., and the sound is not dissimilar. Chances are, if you liked Backstabbers Inc, you'll like these guys. I do.

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

i'm from boston and they're gaining some steam up here. they've done shows with hope con and converge already. from what i've heard from their myspace, they have sort of an Ed Gein-ish grind/tech-metal sound.

still don't know if i'm gonna pick this one up today. 3 1/2 = good, but not great? eh....

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