Seattle's crusty d-beat death metal punkers Trap Them have taken the plunge and signed to metal indie biggie Prosthetic Records. The band were formerly at a smaller home, with trusted hardcore label Deathwish Inc.
"The label itself has been very enthusiastic about this band for quite a while," said vocalist Ryan McKenney about Prosthetic in an interview with Exclaim! "Initial conversation and interaction with them started over a year ago and they were more or less just letting us know they liked what we do. As time went on, and as talks escalated, we realized that this label might be a move we'd like to make. They take great pride in their releases and don't sign a hundred bands a year. They focus on the bands they have and help them to get to where they want to be."
And while it's not like they're signing to Sony, it's still a big step to Prosthetic for these guys. But they're not worried about having to make any adjustments.
"The only adjustment on our minds is a positive one," said McKenney. "We have more opportunities, we have a greater ability to remain on the road and we have the backing to keep writing records we really want to make."
Which is good news for us because Trap Them rule, in a big way. In fact, Napalm Death's vocalist, Barney, has said the band restored his faith in extreme music, and Trap Them's last album, 2008's Seizures in Barren Praise, made many metalheads stand up and take notice, combining Swedish death with gutter-friendly Motörhead street rock and Tragedy-esque hardcore.
And now, looking forward, the band's Prosthetic debut is due out sometime in the first half of 2010. It's vague, we know, but here's something to look forward to: an EP will be released on Southern Lord Records at some point between now and then. (Okay, still vague, but a bit better.)
"I have most of the ideas for songs ready," guitarist Brian Izzi says about the full-length. "The concept is if you can't bang your head to it, it won't be on the record."
One question remains though: given that Prosthetic was where Metallica tour mates Lamb of God got their start, could it be that the considerably more intense Trap Them will indeed be the next mainstream success story, the next Lamb of God?
"Yes," deadpans McKenney. "Yes we will."