This album isn’t new (it came out six months ago), but this is my first post on this blog, and I’m a huge Trap Them fanboy, so obviously it had to be about them. (Spoiler: I like the album).
To get at why I like Crown Feral, let me list some things I like about Trap Them in general: In my opinion, they have one of the best vocals in hardcore, excellent riff-work, and they master both fast, slow and mid-tempo hardcore.
All of this still holds true on Crown Feral. It is perhaps a bit “less frills, more to the point” than their previous offering, Blissfucker (and also shorter, clocking in at 31:31 in ten songs). In spite of that you can still feel a development in the band and songwriting. The opener “Kindred Dirt” is an example of the slower kind, setting a nice atmosphere for the album before “Hellionaires” sets the tone of the rest of the album (more fast and mid-tempo riffs).
Crown Feral can be seen as a kind of rebirth of Trap Them. Break-up rumors and changing of band members is (hopefully) water under the bridge. All of their previous albums and EPs have lyrically taken place in the fictional town of Barren Praise, but it seems like Trap Them ended that story on Blissfucker. On previous albums each song was one day in Barren Praise, whereas the whole album BLissfucker was Night 77, starting at 1:00 and ending at 12:00. Crown Feral makes no explicit mentions to this, but lyrically I suppose the songs could have worked within the Barren Praise universe. It would ve interesting to hear, if someone could ask vocalist Ryan McKenney about this in an interview, I guess.
In short, if you like Trap Them, you will ike this album. If you haven’t heard them before, you should definietely check out this album, as well as the rest of their discography.
FFO: Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Cursed