Friday, January 14, 2011

Trap Them

Biography :

Trap Them is an extreme metal band based in Salem, New Hampshire.

Description :

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 d-beat and grindcore drumming styles.

History :

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 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.

Trap Them worked with crust punk band Extreme Noise Terror for a split EP and toured the U.S. with Napalm Death. A new full-length album, Seizures in Barren Praise, was released in November 2008. In May 2009, the band played on the years bill for the annual Maryland Deathfest music festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The band on went of US tours with Victims and Black Breath in May and June 2009, and Skeletonwitch and Saviours in mid-July.

Monikers :

Trap Them take their name from the 1977 film by Joe D'Amato called Trap Them And Kill Them, known also as Emanuelle E Gli Ultimi Cannibali and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals. The movie features European exploitation queen Laura Gemser.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* Ryan McKenney - Vocals
* Brian Izzi - Guitar
* Stephen LaCour - Bass
* Chris Maggio - Drums

Former Members :

* Mike Justian (Studio and Live)
* Mike Sharp (Live)
* Scott DeFusco (Studio and Live)
* Jeff Lohrber (Live)
* Nat Coghlan (Studio and Live)

Discography :

* Trap Them - 77K7 ( 2002 )
* Trap Them - People Don't Take Pictures Of Things They Want To Forget (As Trap Them & Kill Them) ( 2003 )
* Trap Them - Cunt Heir To The Throne ( January 2007 )
* Trap Them - Sleepwell Deconstructor ( April 3, 2007 )
* Trap Them - Séance Prime ( October 30, 2007 )
* Trap Them - Extreme Noise Terror / Trap Them ( 2008 )
* Trap Them - Seizures in Barren Praise ( November 11, 2008 )
* Trap Them - Filth Rations ( May 2010 )

Associated Acts :

* Backstabbers Incorporated
* December Wolves
* Unearth
* The Red Chord

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