Trap Them - Darker Handcraft (CD)
Catalog number: 10091-2
For those familiar with the band, Darker Handcraft's first three tracks sound like the Trap Them we know and love: fast D-beat drums and the buzzsaw guitar of the Swedish death-metal legends in Entombed. Converge's Kurt Ballou returns to produce, and makes cuts like these burst with a razor-sharp sound. The latter half of Darker Handcraft largely favors Trap Them's grindcore roots, with pummeling minute-long songs unleashing a swirl of kick-punches to the face. But in its final two tracks, there's an until-now-untapped doomier side that's particularly satisfying. Bassist Stephen LaCour is crucial here, grounding Izzi's more melodic guitar turns over a Black Sabbath-like low-end. It's the kind of teaser that makes listeners anticipate the next record before the last bloodied note is scraped off the floor.