When: Tue., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 2016
As if he needed to add more to the mystique of the new filthier-than-thou, baleful and crazed Crown Feral (Prosthetic), Trap Them front man Ryan McKenney decided to jump off a giant speaker during a mid-October show in Eindhoven, Netherlands, breaking both of his feet. He went on to finish the show (holy shit!) and has since been making do, burdened by a bulky pair of casts and occupying whatever rickety chair is available. Indeed, listening to McKenney shred his vocal chords on the band’s follow-up to 2014’s Blissfucker—you can damn near hear the spit and fire pelt the GodCity studio mike—it’s no wonder he’s doggedly forging ahead. Always generous with blending elements of grind and D-beat into their hardcore, Trap Them are ultimately led by both McKenney and guitarist Brian Izzi, whose shredding riffs scream down from blood-stained heavens (“Prodigala”) as much as they burble up from the molten core of the earth (“Twitching in the Auras”). And just as its predecessor once held the title, Crown Feral is now Trap Them’s best record to date—and no question their most versatile—providing yet another testament (there have been many) to why they’re one of hardcore’s most lethal weapons.