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Sludgy, swampy, violent, evil dark AND insanely melodic and catchy; thats Blissfu**er for you, absolutely awesome fulfilling all of your needs in one rotting package.
The album is full of pulsing, insistent rhythms , driving you on all the way to the end of the album through insanely choppy waters that you are perfectly happy to navigate thanks to some impressive use of melody that rise like twisted beacons out of the water to show you the way before plunging back into the depths from which they came. The low set in the mix and distortion of the vocals gives a lost in the darkness feel as of some demon lost at sea.
It’s a load and brash album but one that’s mature enough to know when to push and when to back off, so that you can derive maximum taste from each musical movement. It is an album which doesn’t get boring and is never too much to take.
An album for fans of grind and general musical heaviness with an added dose of brains.
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Im not new to Trap Them, I have Séance Prime and Darker Handcraft so their chaotic hardcore, grindcore, crust mix is something I am familiar with. I also have a kind of primeval perversion that makes me gravitate towards the extreme Metal/Hardcore bands that seek to work with Kurt Ballou (Black Breath, All Pigs Must Die and the awesome Nails come to mind). I respect these bands that look for a different storyline and are not content to be the same, Trap Them may not boast the highest profile but they do one hell of a job to offer a quality sledge of grindcore, but its the diversity that I like, with their strong sludge metal influences and hardcore style Blissfxcker contines a rather impressive journey for Ryan McKenney and Brian Izzi (the 2 original members left in the band) and its a little more gown up musically than Darker Handcraft in that the interlude tracks and noise flurries have disappeared, that said however I actually prefer DH, but Blissfxcker is brilliant, any CD that has the balls to be called BLISSFXCKER is going to be good.....right
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Another great new grindcore group from Ballou1 July 2014
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At the bottom-end of the back panel of Trap Them's newest release, 2014's "Blissf'er," there is a sign that reads "Play At Maximum Volume." And while this reviewer is inclined to agree with that notion, he also thinks that the disc, like oh-so-many-extreme metal discs, is actually every bit as intense, no matter what level you keep the volume knob on while listening to it. This is achieved by the fact that the Massachusetts-based quartet (who was discovered by Converge's Kurt Ballou, by the way) are a very promising young grindcore/sludge/crust punk/d-beat group with brutal vocals and exceptional instrumental abilities. And top it all off with a raw-yet-articulate-sounding production job and a dollop of weird humor (as evidenced by these nonsensical song titles), and the end product is one very solid affair, lemme tell you what!
Tracks like the opening "Salted Crypts" and "Ransom Risen" stagger speeds well, what with the former building from an ominous and largely doomy trance to blinding grindcore brutality, and the latter opening with a foreboding, reverberating drum fill and some lonely guitar melodies before launching into a savage, no-holds-barred assault of head-tearing tempos and whiplash-fast blasting. And from there, the song then proceeds to settle back down into the harmonic and atmospheric section described above. (The end result is a largely instrumental piece with an undeniably epic scope.) And "Organic Infernal" also works similarly to the above-two tracks in that it offsets a little, snaking melodic guitar line with booming rhythms, blistering double-time drumming, and frontman Ryan McKenney's dissonant, crust punk-soaked vocal styles.
But there is plenty of material, here, that finds Trap Them pulling out all of the stops and just plain ripping from beginning to end. "Habitland," for example, is one destructive and nerve-fraying grind `n' blast assault loaded with lots of raw-throated, larynx-scraping hardcore screams. And then, following "Gift And Gift Unsteady" (a much more restrained and mid-tempo chugger with a lick reportedly lifted from Entombed's "Seeing Red"), the album then hunkers back down into rambunctious, rampaging grindcore ear-drum harassment, with "Longrunners" being an all-out, old-school-derived grindcore assault of thunderous buzzsaw riffing anchored by an airtight bottom-end (comprised of pummeling blast beats, and distorted, dirty-sounding bass grumbles). "Bad Nones," a really ominous and foreboding interlude-esque piece with crashing, ringing cymbals and blaring, Eyehategod-style feedback, is another standout track. And the blistering "Former Lining Wide The Walls," which overflows with mind-bogglingly hyper-active and murderously pummeling grindcore blasts, is another. And the thunderous, momentous, and pounding guitar licks (which concoct a terrifically portentous mood and dark ambiance) make "Savage Climbers" one other.
Even with two new band members (Inferna Bruo bassist Galen Baudhuin and ex-Red Chord skinsman Brad Fickelsen) being welcomed into the fold, the musical friction, live energy, and instrumental give-and-take could not be greater than it is on "Blissf'er." So while it may not be album of the year worthy material, it is likely Trap Them's finest and most consistent work to date, and a surefire telltale sign of great things to come.
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Screw you and your bliss!!!14 Jun. 2014
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Any introduction you may need to Trap Them starts in earnest around the 60 second mark of the first song and proceeds to claw at you for the next 45 minutes or so. This release features a more subdued pace to many songs with no less abrasive of an atmosphere. Ryan McKenney's voice is this shrilly hearty roar that beckons all immediate focus while the guitar tone tears out rivets of flesh with each lacerating chord. Brad Fickieson of the Red Chord joins these guys this time and his immediate contributions are wholly apparent while driving blasts like an automatic weapon on rippers "Former Lining Wide the Walls" and "Let fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom", but his bare bones hardcore d-beat style for the rest of the album is perfectly suited to the material. There are heavier releases by these guys but none that sound as competent, and confident. This is like this years Nails' "Abandon All Life", I just can't imagine a crustier grinding D-beat hardcore record with as much replay value as this coming out anytime soon! If you don't like abrasive, vicious, infectious music, stay far away!!!