TRAP THEM: Darker Handcraft: LP

On Darker Handcraft, Trap Them fuses the heaviest and most intense elements of hardcore, crust, metal, and grind into a full-on sonic assault. The riffs in every song are dark and brooding, with hooks that get stuck in your head. The furious beats of the drums hold everything together. Part of what makes Trap Them cranks like a well-oiled machine is the intense amount of musicianship they bring to each song. There’s more technical musicianship in one Trap Them song than many bands bring to entire albums. Riding these crushing waves of sound is the primal banshee screams of vocalist Ryan McKenney, one of the most epic of front men. His throat-ripping vocals and sharp, witty lyrics complete the band. Darker Handcraft is easily one of the best albums that came out in 2011, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.

 –Paul J. Comeau (Prosthetic, [email protected])