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Trappazat - From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 22 March 2012, 12:44 PM

There is always a first time for everything. That is the suitable expression that has been running through my mind when I was up to find a shred of info on this rather veteran British band of TRAPPAZAT. Usually when I write reviews I tend to do a small research about the band in question, in order to know their background, something like a short history lesson. With this band I think it's the first time that I have merely nothing on. I am just glad that their label High Roller Records, which released their only album, "From Dusk Till Dawn" that is by itself another riddle whether the material is new or old, enabled the info of their lineup and a short memoir of the band's vocalist Paul Britton that describes early experiences. Nonetheless, the lack of information made this release even more interesting and it diminished any sort of self perceptions regarding its age.

"From Dusk Till Dawn" certainly sounds like an old release that re-arranged and revived out of storage. However, with all the technological advancements in sound and production in general, almost any band can record and make its material to mimic the vintage analogue sensation. What important is that the music took a nice turn within NWOBHM. One of first two bands that came through my mind were IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and I also chose SATAN, but I am sure that anyone who listens will find additional similarities to plenty of others. Though not as speedy or rough like the old SATAN for instance, there were some shared qualities like in the vocal post and several of the rhythms. As you might notice IRON MAIDEN is closest thing to this band's orientation. To be more accurate, TRAPPAZAT is the closest thing to the golden years of British Metal.

Most of the tracklist is a collection of NWOBHM lengthy epics, yet those didn't feel like that at all because of the utterly harmonious music. I have always thought that there is a pure kind of magic in the melodies elevated by NWOBHM, maybe that is the reason why so many bands has been taking notice of it quite often, even nowadays. TRAPPAZAT share the subgenre's fame with the listener with great technical playing skills. Although they had a few duplications here and there of both themselves and others, like MAIDEN for example, that didn't turn out to be such a big issue as the band backed up their efforts with a general NWOBHM mark along with something of their own. I recommend listening to "1 a.m. D.O.A.", "Breakout", "Can't Stand The Heat" and "Prisoners" to insure an ultimate vintage British Metal celebration.

Though I can't really pinpoint exactly when this material was recorded, it sounds old, meaning at least mid 80s. Even with the new NWOBHM bands of the present, TRAPPAZAT didn't feel to me like one. I think they are one of those old bands that didn't release a thing until someone took the liberty of helping them out. True or false, I can't tell, but it's a good assumption as I conjure.

4 Star Rating

1. From Dusk Till Dawn
2. 1 am D.O.A.
3. Can't Stand The Heat
4. Breakout
5. Soldiers
6. Possessed
7. First Born
8. Prisoners
Paul Britton- Vocals
Brian Meacham- Lead Guitar
Andrew Deans- Guitar
Max Mckee- Bass
Shane Spencer- Drums
Record Label: High Roller Records


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