DOWNLOAD: Trap Them – “The Facts” (MP3)

Trap Them’s cover art for Darker Handcraft by Justin Bartlett
Trap Them

From our interview earlier this year:

Who were the personnel on the EP, particularly, who was behind drums?

Ryan: Chris Maggio is our new permanent drummer. As shocking as that is for people to hear, we are a full band now. No more musical chairs after every other tour. Brian wrote the new songs with riffs in mind, making rough demos with a drum machine before sending them to Chris. Those guys met up in Louisville and banged them out in a couple days. I wes sent rough versions, worked on them out here in Seattle, and then we all met up at Godcity and got down to business. All in all, it was the least stressful recording experience this band has had.

The mark of a great band? Take your biggest weakness and turn it into one of your biggest strengths. After years of a having a revolving door at the drummer’s seat, Trap Them have drafted a skinsman in Chris Maggio (ex-Coliseum) who not only matches their game, but elevates it. This is the Trap Them that you remember, but done with precision brutality.

Trap Them’s new Kurt Ballou produced effort, Darker Handcraft is due on March 15th via their new home Prosthetic Records. Pre-order it now. The record sees them revisiting similar themes to the bleak Seizures In Barren Praise and the similarly bruising Filth Rations EP. They meld elements of black metal, old school death metal, hardcore, and grind into the fiercest and murkiest cocktail of them all. Check out “The Facts”, available for download above and streaming below. The song, like the cover art above, are making their premiere in this post. Clocking in at a shade over thirty-minutes, Trap Them have crafted the first must-hear record of 2010, and possibly their best LP to date. Highly, highly recommended.

And don’t forget: Trap Them will play TWO NYC shows next weekend. 1/14 at Union Pool is with All Pigs Must Die and Black Anvil (tickets), and 1/15 at Cake Shop keeps the same lineup and adds Psychic Limb (tickets). Tickets are still available for both, for now. Before that the band is playing shows in LA and Chicago that are free with RSVP to Scion. Following that tour, the band will hit the road in April to tour Germany with Rotten Sound and Gaza.

All Pigs Must Die also have a Union Pool show coming up with Nails.

All tour dates and that song stream is below.

Trap Them – The Facts

Jan 8 Reggies Bar Chicago, IL, us* (info)
Jan 9 The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA , US* (info)
Jan 14 Union Pool Brooklyn, New York , US **
Jan 15 Cake Shop New York, New York, US ***
Apr 1 Stadtmitte Karlsruhe, DE
Apr 2 Underground Köln, DE
Apr 3 Juha Rosswein, GERMANY
Apr 4 Exit Chmelnice Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Apr 5 Randal Club Bratislava, Bratislavs, sk
Apr 6 Feierwerk Munich, GERMANY
Apr 7 Rockhouse Salzburg, Austria, AT
Apr 8 Bloom Mezzago, Milano, IT
Apr 9 Init Rome, Italy, IT
Apr 10 DYNAMO werk21 Zurich (CH), CH
Apr 11 Glazart Paris, FR
Apr 12 Underworld London, UK
Apr 13 White Rabbit Plymouth, United Kingdom
Apr 14 Arts Centre Colchester, UK, UK
Apr 15 Trix Antwerp, BE
Apr 16 Perron 55 Venlo, NL
Apr 17 Hafenklang Hamburg, DE
Apr 18 Templet Lyngby, DK
Apr 19 Henriksberg Göteborg, Västra Göt, SE
Apr 21 Debaser Slussen Stockholm, SE
Apr 22 Klubi Turku, FI
Apr 23 Lutakko Jyväskylä, FI
Apr 24 Nosturi Helsinki, FI
* Trap Them solo with Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder
** Trap Them solo with All Pigs Must Die, Black Anvil
*** Trap Them solo with All Pigs Must Die, Black Anvil, Psychic Limb