Review: Trap Them – Blissfucker


Trap Them emerged in 2001 as one of the many bands that combines very fast-paced and short song-styled Nasum-esque Grind with Hardcore, Crust and Death Metal influences. Thirteen years later that particular sound is perfected on Blissfucker. Trap Them’s fourth, longest, most diverse and catchiest album to date.

The Kurt Ballou (of Converge fame) produced record opens with ‘Salted Crypts’ and ‘Habitland’, two D-beat infused tracks that remind the most of Trap Them’s Grindy past. Ryan McKenney’s haunting screams sound familiar. However, different influences already kick in with ‘Gift and Gift Unsteady’, a mid-tempo stomper with melodic guitar work reminiscent of Swedish Death Metal bands like Dismember and At The Gates.

This diversity is one of the strongest points of Blissfucker. Trap Them sound more fierce, threatening and ugly than ever. With ‘Bad Nones’ as some kind of interlude to the second half of the record, things get more gloomy and atmospheric. ‘Lungrunners’ features a great Stoner riff and ‘Savage Climbers’ is Sludgy Doom Metal at its finest. The album’s best song is with no doubt closer ‘Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom’, combining everything that makes the tracks listed above special.

Fans of a wide range of genres (Sludge, Grindcore, Hardcore Punk, Death Metal) and bands (Nails, Black Breath, The Secret, Gaza) will find something they will love on Blissfucker. Trap Them doesn’t play live often (anymore), so catch them if you can. The songs on this album will most definitely blow you away!

Track list – Blissfucker:

1. Salted Crypts
2. Habitland
3. Gift and Gift Unsteady
4. Lungrunners
5. Organic Infernal
6. Sanitations
7. Bad Nones
8. Former Lining Wide the Walls
9. Savage Climbers
10. Ransom Risen
11. Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom

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Written by Niels Koster

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