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Darker Handcraft [CD]

Trap Them Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Prosthetic
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

If Darker Handcraft was a fight it would be a massacre to cause a permanent wince to impose itself on the onlooker’s face – but also the kind that’d be utterly captivating. You wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off it. That’s what Trap Them have done with their third album: they’ve written something unreservedly brutal yet completely inspiring. It’s a confounding situation.

There’s been a trend over the past couple of years of young heavy bands mixing hardcore and blackened death metal. It’s no bad thing. There have been excellent debuts from Kvelertak and Black Breath, and with Trap Them moving from the relative safety of Deathwish Inc to Prosthetic Records the ball was in their court to show the young pretenders the way. The results here are the musical equivalent of a crosscourt passing shot: you can only applaud.

Now that drummer Chris Maggio is a permanent member there is stability to their sound that wasn’t seen in past work, and Kurt Ballou has taken their improved songwriting and helped them craft a masterpiece. His production skills elevate these songs to greatness.

The difference between Darker Handcraft and its two predecessors – 2007’s Sleepwell Deconstructor and 2008’s Seizures in Barren Praise – is the inclusion of mid-tempo songs here, where melodies and choruses really shine. The two outstanding tracks are most definitely Evictionaries and The Facts. While the former contains probably the catchiest hook guitarist Brian Izzi has ever written, the refrain in the latter of "I am that goddamned son of a b****" is one of the most memorable lines in heavy music in 2011. What follows – "I want the cancer / I want the famine / I want the flood / I want the plague" – is evidence enough of Ryan McKenney’s commitment to being one of the nastiest vocalists around. To say that he screams those words doesn’t do his delivery justice.

Following the big sing-along (relatively speaking) of The Facts with three fleeting but furious rampages – Manic in the Grips comes in at under a minute long – is exactly the kind of behaviour expected of Trap Them: at no point do they offer respite. Darker Handcraft is a half-hour statement from a band not only on the top of their game but currently ruling over everyone else’s. The Louisville/Seattle trio has delivered an album that every fan of extreme music should own. Bravo.

--Raziq Rauf

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker Handcraft 12 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album sounds like it is a collection of songs that weren't deemed good enough for Trap Them's previous album, the outstanding Seizures in Barren Praise.

Still a ferocious listening experience, but it lacks the razor edge of the preceeding release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars raw nerve shattering punk rock! 28 May 2011
absolute belter of an album. i was introduced to these guys through jacob bannons deathwish label and if your a fan of converge you'll probably like this. Im not trying to throw these guys on the Converge bandwagon and they really do stand up on their own. The riffs are absolutely massive, the vocals cut like a buzzsaw but delivered well enough to understand the lyrics and the drums are simply phenomenal. At its heart though this is a punk rock/hardcore release well delivered with beautiful artwork. The vinyl release is awesome but you also get a free download code with this record so you get the digital copy as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed! 26 Jan 2013
By Tallclint - Published on Amazon.com
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I rolled the dice on Trap Them when purchasing Darker Handcraft and I'm extreamly glad I did.

Darker Handcraft is like a mix between 'Axe To Fall era Converge and Every Time I Die.

The furiousness of the album apeals to me as does the great songwriting. The members of Trap Them truly mesh well on this album and make the listening experience very enjoyable.

The production rivals Converges masterpiece 'Jane Doe' which says a lot.

This will be an album that I'm still listening to in 10 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Trap Them. 14 Jun 2011
By William Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These are the best Trap Them songs written to date. They are fast. They are heavy. Good CD, I love it.
I hear a lot of Refused, in the CD. That's a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 18 April 2011
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album blew me away.

I have come to expect a certain level of fury from this band, but none of their previous work has been so consistently catchy. The entire album rattles through your head for hours afterwards, providing a visceral death/grind soundtrack for your day.
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