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Louisville & Seattle, United States (2001 – present)

Trap Them is a / band based in Louisville & Seattle, United States, formed in 2001.

Trap Them’s influences include hardcore punk bands, such as Black Flag, Born Against, and Tragedy; metal bands like Dismember and Entombed (whose “buzzsaw” guitar tone create the main guitar sound for Trap Them), and experimental bands like Swans. Ryan McKenney’s lyrics tend to deal with issues both personal and political, while recent material has also contained a conceptual element to its lyricism. The group’s musical style consists of complex and sometimes discordant guitar work and and grindcore drumming styles.

Trap Them began as a side-project for Ryan McKenney (former vocalist of Backstabbers Incorporated) and Brian Izzi (guitarist of December Wolves) in 2001 while Izzi was beginning his stint as second guitarist for Backstabbers Inc. The two met while working together at Newbury Comics in Salem, NH and immediately became close friends. The band grew into a full-time consideration years later after both men left BSI to focus on other things. McKenney and Izzi later became roommates and began focusing on new material for the band.

In 2006, the band reached an agreement with the Trash Art! record label to release a vinyl-only EP and a full-length album Sleepwell Deconstructor to be recorded with Kurt Ballou at the God City recording studio and released later that year. The resulting album and single, including a spoken word piece by McKenney, were released in January and April 2007. In late 2007, Trap Them signed with Converge’s Jacob Bannon’s music label, Deathwish Inc.. They toured Europe in early 2008 with The Ocean and Rotten Sound.


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  • Emmpunkt

    I was pretty disappointed with Blissfucker after the first few listens. It has grown on me a lot, though - which is kind of weird since most of the songs are rather simplistic and bare bones.

    2 Aug 12:37pm Reply
  • somacarcrash

    Blissfucker is great

    31 Jul 11:21pm Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    it's bad

    31 Jul 1:28am Reply
  • DonCappuccino

    Blissfucker is not bad, but it does not leave an impression at all. Wasn't that the thing with Trap Them, a musical shot of adrenaline that you remember after listening to it? The beginning of Salted Crypts really grabbed me with the very dark riff and omnious sound effects, they should have incorporated some more of those elements. It's a lot of midtempo and sludgy riffs that lack depth or are just not entrancing enough.

    30 Jul 9:17pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Trap Them

    27 Jul 2:13pm Reply
  • darkgnome

    Jeez this is some good shit!

    18 Jul 6:10am Reply
  • ynasqzae

    I'm glad I'm not the only one having this reaction. Blissfucker = Nap Time

    14 Jul 8:59pm Reply
  • n0umena

    Yep, it really just sucks entirely. The Insomiawesome bit at the end really pissed me off. Self-reference is hard to pull off at the best of times... but at the end of such a boring album, to remind us how great they used to be feels like a slap in the face.

    10 Jul 9:00pm Reply
  • weimarrepublic

    No more ferocious drumming or unpredictable riffs that made this band so interesting when Seizures came out. Blissfucker is so dumbed down/uninspired/insipid. Did Kurt Ballou produce this???? Hope not because it sounds flatter than Kiera Knightley's chest

    9 Jul 1:43am Reply
  • PutridBastard

    Well that Fandango seems to be a hipster fuck but he actually got it right, Blissfucker is around 5.0. They couldn't even top or get close to DH, might be around their past releases, but honestly it was a let down for me.

    3 Jul 9:17pm Reply
  • Pablovrc

    Blissfucker ♥

    22 Jun 12:09am Reply
  • ynasqzae

    First listen of Blissfucker. So pumped for this.

    12 Jun 4:14pm Reply
  • EnkerSS

    For me, the new album is their most... coherent? I probably dig some other single songs on previous albums more, but this album is probably their best effort to entertain a listener from start to end. 7.5/10 PS: Did you notice that the album's closer, "Let Fall Each And Every Sedition Symptom", ends with a variation on Insomniawesome (album Sleepwell Deconstructor)? That was unexpected and a great idea for finale.

    11 Jun 9:40pm Reply
  • Asphyz

    Love blissfucker.

    11 Jun 12:13pm Reply
  • emptycookiejar1

    Antonny Fandango might have given it a 5, but Blissfucker is more like an 8.5.

    11 Jun 6:14am Reply
  • Dan-75

    Ridiculous new record. Reviewed it 'live' here:

    6 Jun 6:25pm Reply
  • Nickisonfire33

    Blissfucker is sublime.

    4 Jun 11:16pm Reply
  • joshy0

    new album sounds very much like Eyes and Nines-era Trash Talk for the first half and then gets sluuuuuuuddgggyyy for the last half. Solid effort, but I think at this point I like Darker Handcraft more.

    3 Jun 7:51am Reply
  • shitscud

    Crap Them out like buffalo turds

    2 Jun 7:05pm Reply
  • knight_88

    I'm really digging the new album!

    31 May 2:39pm Reply
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