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Trap Them

Trap Them: Seance PrimeSeance Prime (2007)
Deathwish Inc.

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Trap Them's Seance Prime EP came quickly on the heels of their solid 2007 full-length, Sleepwell Deconstructor. While their debut for Deathwish finds the band taking a more consistent approach, Seance Prime no doubt finds Trap Them refocusing and tightening their sound for a no less intense and ragi.
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Trap Them's Seance Prime EP came quickly on the heels of their solid 2007 full-length, Sleepwell Deconstructor. While their debut for Deathwish finds the band taking a more consistent approach, Seance Prime no doubt finds Trap Them refocusing and tightening their sound for a no less intense and raging coating.

Perhaps more in line with the metallic and crust-laden hardcore of labelmates Rise and Fall (and, subtly, Converge), Seance Prime bears the same throbbing, pulsating and smothering production flair as Sleepwell Deconstructor, as the band once again worked with Kurt Ballou. But with an even filthier low end and the aforementioned slight retooling of their style, Trap Them are hardly rehashing themselves -- and considering the releases only came a few months apart, it probably would've been permissible anyway. Since the band sound all the better for it anyway, it's welcomed.

The middle section features some of the EP's best moments: the huge, skyscraper-level drops of start-stops gurgle in "Day Fourteen -- Pulse Mavens"; the time-shifting grind tones of "Day Fifteen -- Citizenilhist"; and the constant, throttling mid-tempo pounding of "Day Sixteen -- The Iconflict." To boot, the band's lyrics are as good, ugly and haunting as ever -- take the hip-hop zeal of "Citizenihilist"'s opening lines: "Get them propped and boxed, and fixed on forced remarks...On a haggard glimpse, on a primal blitz."

Seance Prime is a bit of a step up from its predecessor, and if they improve half this much for the next full-length Trap Them will easily be one of Deathwish's best -- if the case couldn't already be made, of course.

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Day Fourteen -- Pulse Mavens

 

 
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Xithyl (February 19, 2008)

Great band, great release. I was a huge fan of Backstabbers Inc. and it's no surprise I love both Deathwish releases from these guys as well.

Can't wait for the next full length.

Hey_Asshole (February 18, 2008)

Trap Them Optimus Prime

Bipedcasserole (February 17, 2008)

i love it, but i've always wanted them to pick it up just one notch. not two; that would be over-doing it. i just want one. i want it faster.

Hey_Asshole (February 16, 2008)

yawn

GlassPipeMurder (February 16, 2008)

I can't think of any better hardcore label than Deathwish right now.

RyanGP (February 16, 2008)

I agree these guys really do sound like Jane Doe-esque Converge, albeit with tighter vocals. I'll definitely be seeing these guys when they come to Jersey over spring break

Archangel (February 16, 2008)

PANIC, what the fuck have they done to you!?

bytheslice (February 15, 2008)

Saw these guys tear it up w/ Modern Life Is War & Trash Talk. Really badass live band. Fans of "Jane Doe"-era Converge need to listen and see these guys asap.

xote (February 15, 2008)

Fucking awesome.

24HourPriapism (February 15, 2008)

great fucking band.

Chimpo (February 15, 2008)

Such a powerfull band!

sugarfull (February 15, 2008)

I can't wait for the split with Extreme Noise Terror.

elephantdwarf (February 15, 2008)

this band rules.

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