Monday, January 24, 2011

Trap Them/Black Breath/Mammoth Grinder @ The Roxy, Hollywood. 1/9/11.


As I've mentioned before in a previous post, the good folks/opportunists at Scion automobiles are kind enough to sponsor free metal/extreme music concerts from time to time. My first show of the year was a Scion event, featuring Trap Them, Black Breath and Mammoth Grinder (in case you didn't read the flyer above ^^).

Mammoth Grinder was first. I never heard of these guys before and didn't know what to expect but was not disappointed by their punishing grind/punk attack. It seemed like this trio produced more noise at a louder decibel onstage than either of the acts that followed. Crusty D-beats with doom inspired breakdowns, here's a clip for ya'll to hear Mammoth Grinder for yourselves:


Black Breath came out next. This was the most "metal" band on the bill (with actual long hairs) although they also implored lots of D-beats and an overall DIY aesthetic. Although 2nd on the lineup, Black Breath played to the largest crowd and received the wildest reaction. Their brand of thrashy, punk inspired metal got the stage divers into a frenzy. I quickly lost count of the number of kids doing swan dives. Black Breath's unexpected cover of Sepultura's "Desperate Cry" was the highlight of their set. Not that their own original music is weak or anyhting, just that they totally ripped that classic song a new ass.


Once Black Breath finished playing, a good number of people took off, leaving Trap Them to play to a smaller crowd than I would have expected. No matter, I'm sure Trap Them would play with the same intensity to crowd of 5 or 500. Grindcore, punk rock, metal, whatever you want to call Trap Them, one thing all would agree on is, INTENSE. Their frontman's vocal delivery is pure venom and for being scrawny as fuck, dude is intimidating. One second the band is going full throttle blasting your face off, the next they're slogging through a dirty funeral dirge, with that ungodly guitar sound haunting the back of your skull. Trap Them really is the best at what they do. Too bad all those dudes left after Black Breath...their loss really.

18 comments:

  1. Awesome, sounds good. Triplet triplet triplet; I love breakdowns.

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  2. Sounds like a really good night,good stuff.

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  3. Great sounds from them and props to scion for sponsoring these kind of things

    www.crackinstuff.blogspot.com

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  4. There are only a finite supply of "metal" words: axe, death, storm, etc.

    What happens when every combination has been used for a band name?

    Will we get "Lords of the Pink Darkness"?
    "Acid Puppy Fire?"

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  5. disregard aesthetics acquire metal skills

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  6. In the future, "black breath" will actually be like color contacts and dyeing your hair, and people will vacillate on whether its hardcore or something emo kids do for attention.

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  7. I just listened to Desperate Cry, haha...man that's hilarious. Good stuff.

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  8. Mammoth Grinder was very intense :D! Great stuff

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  9. mighty nice of Scion I suppose, but they're just trying to get everyone to buy a freakin' XB... that ain't happening

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  10. Not my type of music, but I support any company that puts on free music shows. Perform for the love of the music, not the money.

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  11. Hmmm I feel a lot of anger and hatred after listening to these guys...

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  12. awesome music. you have nice taste :D

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