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Trap Them Blissfucker

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Trap Them - Blissfucker
01. Salted Crypts
02. Habitland
03. Gift and Gift Unsteady
04. Lungrunners
05. Organic Infernal
06. Sanitations
07. Bad Nones
08. Former Lining Wide The Walls
09. Savage Climbers
10. Ransom Risen
11. Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom
Reviewed by: Daniel Marsicano   //   Published: 5/29/2014

Throughout their career, Trap Them has shown skill implementing noteworthy changes between each album, all without straying too far from their initial sound. At its core, Trap Them is a hostile grind-driven manifestation with some hardcore and crust to raise the abrasive quotient to unreasonable decibels. Blissfucker, clearly not an album title with a mainstream audience in mind, still retains a leering sense of negativity throughout its sonic annihilation. On their fourth album, however, the overwhelming noise is driven back and distributed amongst songs that go longer than any of their past releases.

For a time, Trap Them operated on the basis that speed will kill anything, which worked well for them. Their songs were succinct, a collage of dissonance that aimed for the quickest reaction possible. That's not the case with Blissfucker. The band isn't satisfied with tearing through the album before it reaches the half-hour mark. They let these songs simmer, basking in their dismal joy until there isn't anything left to exploit.

Extra time for each song gives weight to the instances where any subtlety is tossed to the furnace. "Habitland" (the "Day" titles, a significant part of past albums, have been dropped from the songs on this album) takes its two minutes in a strict grind/crust direction, as the drums move so fast they almost blur into a giant rhythmic whirlpool. The track is a suitable follow-up to the more restrained vibes of opener "Salted Crypts." It isn't until closer "Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom" that the band replicates that chaotic highlight.

The band trades in fast-paced songwriting for a cerebral tempo much of the time, though that doesn't dull the brisk momentum. The prominent rhythm work early on in "Organic Infernal" does an effective job leading up to an angry outpouring, with double bass coming strong from the feet of new drummer Brad Fickeisen. "Bad Nones," which is largely instrumental, save for some coarse screams in the background, has Fickeisen's cymbals right alongside a stringent guitar riff that becomes the charging force behind its reserved mentality.

For those who felt Trap Them stepped way out of their game with "Day Thirty One: Mission Convincers" from their excellent Seizures In Barren Praise album, they go back to that torturous, feedback-ridden template several times on Blissfucker. The sludgy "Savage Climbers" stretches its instrumental work to over seven minutes. Same goes for "Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom," which is just as lumbering as the former cut until it ultimately breaks away into the fastest minute on the album.

Though the band may not rage with as much vigor as they have in the past, Blissfucker is rancid as hell and just as futile with its hateful rhetoric. Fans who got into them back during the Sleepwell Deconstructor days may wonder where that band has gone, but founding members Ryan John McKenney and Brian Vincent Izzi still provide bitter vocals and frightful guitars, respectively. Sure, the one-minute grind cuts have disappeared, but in their wake comes sleeker tunes and a band that isn't one-dimensional anymore.

Bottom Line: Trap Them messes around with tempos more so than on past albums, and that is to their immense benefit on Blissfucker.

Comments
anonymous   posted 6/1/2014 11:17:46 AM
I love this band.
anonymous   posted 5/30/2014 4:58:58 AM
Every song just sounds like Converge but not as good
anonymous   posted 5/29/2014 3:46:00 PM
time to take them mic skills, back to the dentist and buy yourself a new grill.
mummified_circuitry   posted 5/29/2014 1:15:55 PM
you need a new job
mummified_circuitry   posted 5/29/2014 1:14:42 PM
you need a new job

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