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TWITCHING IN THE AURAS

BORN OUT OF A MORE INTENSIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE AND REGULAR LIVE SHOWS, ALBUM NUMBER FIVE SEES CRUSTY HARDCORE WHIRLWIND TRAP THEM SOUNDING REJUVENATED, AS GUITARIST BRIAN IZZI TELLS TERRORIZER…

From the time they first formed as Trap Them And Kill Them on the salty shores of Massachusetts back in 2001, the band that has come to be known as Trap Them have always subverted extreme music’s writing process, what they’ve chosen to write about and how they’ve gone about presenting it. The band’s first six releases – both full-length and EPs – had vocalist Ryan McKenney making each song topically pertain to day-by-day life in a fictional town that rivalled ‘Twin Peaks’, ‘Peyton Place’ and ‘Banshee’ for all-around surrealism, apocalyptic weirdness and behind-closed-door madness. After McKenney played the role of omnipotent and destructive urban planner and figuratively killed his creation on 2011’s ‘Darker Handcraft’, he found himself picking themes and writing lyrics for songs that guitarist and fellow founding member Brian Izzi would mostly write in his head, even before picking up his instrument. This oddball methodology birthed their last record, 2014’s ‘Blissfucker’. As well, McKenney’s creative tradition has typically seen him, usually after piecing lyrics together at the last minute in the basement of GodCity Studio while tracking was being done above him, offer three sets of lyrics per song: the full, unabridged versions; the versions of songs he would sing in the heat of the live show battle; and the stream of consciousness, serial-killerscratching-on-the-wall versions printed as part of the album art/CD booklet/vinyl gatefold layout and design. Additionally, it should be noted that Trap Them have been juggling great deals of distance between its principle members since the mid-aughts when McKenney moved 3000 miles west to Seattle. The vocalist has been tele-and-aero commuting ever since in order to keep the band’s grinding HM-2 obsessions alive and kicking. When it came to forthcoming fifth album, ‘Crown Feral’, the creative process took its unusual-but-usual, unexpected-but-expected bent when, before any deliberate amount of work had started, Ryan emailed Brian and the guitarist found himself having to upend common practice once again.

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It’s always a pleasure to feature Darkthrone on the cover of Terrorizer. They are a truly reliable band that not only continue to deliver utterly awesome songs, but fly the flag for the metal underground. New album ‘Artic Thunder’ doesn’t disappoint and we hope you’ll enjoy our cover feature as much as I enjoyed reading it when it landed in my inbox. September is always a time when the music industry recovers from the summer festivals and starts to look forward to closure on the year, and believe it or not, start to think about 2017 and next year’s releases. On the horizon there’s new albums from a newly reformed The Obsessed and Obituary just to whet your appetite already. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Celtic Frost’s ‘Into The Pandemonium’, so I hope to see some kind of reissue. Noise/Tom G – if you’re reading! In the meantime, the rest of the year will see an awesome line-up at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds and a fuck load more releases to look forward to – including amazing albums by Venom Prison, 40 Watt Sun, Lucifer’s Chalice and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to name just a few. I’ve also just finished reading former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan’s biography which is utterly fantastic. It’s out at the end of this month, we’ll be bringing you an interview next issue...
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