October 07, 2018

Trap Them - Sleepwell Deconstructor (2007)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Grindcore, Crust Punk
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© 2007 Trash Art!
AllMusic Review by Phil Freeman
The ferocious debut by a Seattle-based punk and grindcore band, Sleepwell Deconstructor adds a gleaming edge of arty dissonance to a blisteringly assaultive set of 12 songs. This isn't total noise, though; the occasional AC/DC-ish guitar melody ("Garlic Breakfast" seems to consciously echo "Thunderstruck") keeps the rock rolling, as do the hammering drums. The production, by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, gives the music a thick, bass-heavy sound, mixing the vocals down into the middle of the storm and letting the guitars and bass tear at the air. As might be expected from an album that packs a dozen songs into just over 20 minutes, there are very few wasted gestures here. "Fucked as Punk" may end with a few seconds of feedback, but it bleeds directly into "Digital Dogs with Analog Collars," so the momentum never flags. The effect is like having Trap Them bash and roar through the songs right in front of you, with the world's greatest soundman making their fury that much more brutal. An intimidatingly awesome debut by one of America's finest punk-metal bands.

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