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Sleepwell Deconstructor

Trap Them

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The ferocious debut by a Seattle-based punk and grindcore band, Sleepwell Deconstructor adds a gleaming edge of arty dissonance to a blisteringly assaultive set of 12 songs. This isn't total noise, though; the occasional AC/DC-ish guitar melody ("Garlic Breakfast" seems to consciously echo "Thunderstruck") keeps the rock rolling, as do the hammering drums. The production, by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, gives the music a thick, bass-heavy sound, mixing the vocals down into the middle of the storm and letting the guitars and bass tear at the air. As might be expected from an album that packs a dozen songs into just over 20 minutes, there are very few wasted gestures here. "F****d as Punk" may end with a few seconds of feedback, but it bleeds directly into "Digital Dogs with Analog Collars," so the momentum never flags. The effect is like having Trap Them bash and roar through the songs right in front of you, with the world's greatest soundman making their fury that much more brutal. An intimidatingly awesome debut by one of America's finest punk-metal bands.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Merging the heavy guitar assault of grindcore with the frantic tempos and lyrical rage of hardcore punk, Trap Them is a band that thrives on creative extremity. Trap Them was formed by vocalist Ryan McKenney, formerly with the noisecore band Backstabbers Inc., and guitarist Brian Vincent Izzi, an ex-member of experimental metal act December Wolves. The two met in 2001 while they were both working at a record store and discovered they had a shared enthusiasm for uncompromising music such as Entombed,...
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