TRAPT – D.N.A.
Released: 19 August 2016
℗ 2016 Crash Collide Records
- Human (Like the Rest of Us)
- It’s Over
- Tangled up in You
- Changing Hands
- Not so Different
- Getting Even
- Fallen Angel
- Human (Like the Rest of Us) [Acoustic]
- Tangled up in You (Acoustic)
- Passenger (Acoustic)
- Castaway (Acoustic)
Reviewed By Dean Duffin
Have you checked your D.N.A? Because today I’ll be checking out Trapt’s D.N.A!!
Trapt is an American rock band who formed in 1995, in 1988 still only in the early stages of development they had a strong response and buzz from fans even opening for Papa Roach. They have had a few , member changes over the years, But Chris Brown, the lead vocalist and Rhythm guitarist and Peter Charell the bassist, both have been there since the start, Ty Fury The lead guitarist and Backing vocalist Joined in 2014 and there New Drummer Brendan hangle who joined 2016. Trapt have released six studio albums. There first album release was Self titled Trapt which released in 2002 with label Warner bros. It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 15, 2003 then platinum on November 24 2003. Then in 2005 they released someone in Control. Then 2008 they released only Through the Pain, with record label eleven seven that year saw the band have a huge tour announcement being a part of Mötley Crüe’s – Crüe Fest. Then in 2010 No Apologies. Then in 2013 they released Reborn and in 2016 having a successful crowd funded campaign for their newest album which gave them a chance to be even closer with their fans they have released D.N.A Which Like Reborn, Trapt is created this independently without a record label. Trapt also announced that they will be taking part in the Make America Rock Again tour throughout the summer and fall of 2016. They will be joining bands such as Tantric, Saving Able, P.O.D etc. This is one band that I have wanted to see since there first album But they have yet to tour Australia. Without anymore of delay let me analyse this D.N.A.
The first song on this Album is the Intro aptly named Intro. It starts with static and faint talking and at the 28 second mark gets louder. It’s an interesting sound that makes me Pumped for the next song.
Human (Like the rest of us) is the second song. This is a song I’ve been excited for ever since the music video which was released in 2015. It has the intro for a few seconds which is a great follow up. Then goes into a the background chant, that get’s you hooked right from the start and 15 seconds in Chris opens with his great rock vocals. This is a song were you can hear perfectly the skill of everyone the drumming from Brendan, Ty and Chris’s Guitar skills and peters Bass work perform masterfully together. At one minute in the lyrics “Flesh and Blood, you become Human like the rest of us” are said which is the main chorus the lyrics just adds to the song’s strong sound, at 2:48 the beat changes and Chris’s voice slightly changes to suit this beat and it works well and then that awesome Background chant comes in. Then you get the intro sound and it goes back to the chorus and that chant just adds so much to this song. I’ve had Human (Like the rest of us) in my head, hummed to it without it playing and Enjoyed from start to finish. This is a song that I keep going back to and listening to again and again once is just not enough.
The third Song It’s Over, grabs you straight away with that guitar intro and then Chris’s Awesome rock vocals that carry his voice so well for this song. 42 seconds in, and you’re hit with the line “you only want what you can’t have” this is the lyric that grabs me the most, for this song. You can feel the message in this song, which has such a great sound and power in the force of Chris’s energy being carried by the great drumming of Brendan. This is just a pure classic rock song sending the clear message that it’s over now.
The fourth song is titled Tangled Up in You. This opens up with clear guitar and drumming work. 25 seconds in is when Chris opens up with a softer tone well still sounding good, 2 minutes into the song it starts with a backing chant and Chris’ vocals change to reach slightly high notes, to which he pulls of really well and it’s great to hear him able to. It really helps this song become more sensitive. This is a song about obsession, that’s the clear message I get from this song. But it’s another great song on this album and one I would love to see live, being able to see Chris pull off those high notes in person would be a sight indeed.
The fifth song is Changing Hands. Ty’s Guitar skills really show in this song. That starter riff is awesome. The lyrics again slightly different showing a great vocal range from Chris. Still sounding great and works really well. 2:12mins in is when the tone shifts to a softer style that really allows you to hear Chris. This song has a good depth of emotions. 3 minutes in it goes back to the original tone and you can hear the backing vocals of Ty which helps the message of this song about letting pain change hands to help someone.
The sixth song on what is turning out to be another great Trapt album is Unforgiven. It starts with that gritty guitar sound when you plug in your instrument for the first seven seconds which is great for it carries that into the heavy drumming of Brendan and heavier vocals of Chris in this song. 27 seconds and it goes a little softer for focus on the lyrics “you’re a slave to the voices inside your head, you know you can’t lie to your conscious now you got a whole life to spend living with the consequences” to where it leads heavy into the vocals of Chris. I love the focus on those lyrics during the song as they are so powerful, and it really helps the heavy parts as well. The music behind the lyrics really help bring out the style of this song, it’s amazing. 2:20mins in it goes softer again adding more depth and emotion you will feel when you listen leading into a great climax for the song with Screaming vocals from Chris at 3 minutes in. This is one song with one clear message “You will get no mercy outta me, you are unforgiven”.
Passenger is the next one on the list. I can’t express how great this song truly is, it opens immediately with great vocals from Chris. And the bass style of Peters can really be heard well in this song. This reminds me of previous Trapt songs from previous albums, with the raw emotion and depth carried through not only the music but the vocals as well. This is a song I can see getting a good crowd moshing going too, even though “the joyride is over” I Still enjoy this ride (You will get this joke when you hear the song). 2:30: Is when you get to hear the really heavy vocals of Chris that I have all ways loved and the main chorus “it’s going to get you there, It’s all ways someone else” This is one of those song’s that is a classic Trapt Mix of Raw vocals and Great Music that mixes to a powerful conclusion of emotions that you will feel each time you listen.
Anchor has great guitar work right from the start. The vocals of Chris are so different in this song it was all most hard to recognize his voice, not that I’m complaining. It’s so great that a vocalist can pull that off, It’s one of the great things about Trapt It’s why they can pull of so many styles so elegantly. This song just sounds like a full rock song that I can see being played in a stadium with people rocking out too.
Number nine on their D.N.A strain is Not So Different. It opens with a great beat and the vocals “we’re not so different”, Continuing with fast paced vocals and hard hitting rhythms and drumming. It’s a good song that keeps you hooked from start to finish.
Castaway is the tenth song in D.N.A. This starts with heavy drumming from Brendan, and awesome guitar skills from Ty. The Vocals of Chris, as I have said in all the songs I have heard so far and I am trying not to sound too repetitive, but it suits. Chris knows how to give the songs he sings real life and depth which is a pleasure to hear. And the musical work of the entire band is really strong in this song, as it’s a song about not wanting to be left behind
So far this has been another classic Trapt album. The next song is Getting Even. This is another classic rock vibe song. Its point is made clear that it’s about getting even. 2:20mins in and it has an awesome split from the rock giving a harmonizing sound that really adds to the song when it goes back to classic rock.
The next song I get to hear off what has been an album with hard hitting emotion and music. That I’m sure will continue the success of Trapt. Fallen Angel opens with great emotion in the voice of Chris. You can hear the drumming of Brendan right with the great bass style of Peter and slow guitar style of Ty Fury. This song really shows how Trapt can play lighter stuff well still maintaining the style that is Trapt. This is a song with pure emotion, my ears fell in love. At 2:20 the focus on the lyrics with the nice beat really helps this song’s emotion reach a higher point. It’s a great song that gives a very vivid Imagery of Fallen Angels with broken wings the need mending.
This is where the album really gets interesting. Trapt have four acoustic version of songs from the album. Which I’m looking forward to hearing. I Love a good acoustic version of a song. The first acoustic song I get to listen to is Human (like the rest of us) Acoustic. And straight off the bat you hear great acoustic guitar rhythm and that awesome chant, it really fits even more with the acoustic version, and then when Chris sing’s this highlights his voice greatly. 1:03min mark is my favourite part when you hear the rock vocals mixed with the acoustic feel it just fit’s so well, I could listen to this version over and over and would love to see an acoustic live show of this song. 2:54min in and they introduce a pair of maracas and a bongo drum and at 3:06min mark, Chris has a long wail and it just gives the acoustic version such so much more added depth.
Tangled Up in You (acoustic) this opens with another acoustic rhythm. This song really highlights how great the Chris’s vocals are. 1:54min and you can distinctly hear a tambourine which really helps carry this acoustic version that extra mile. The drumming of Brendan can be heard which helps the acoustic setting. This is another acoustic version I would love to hear live. This song really shows how one version of a song can be re-created into something amazing acoustically.
The next acoustic version I get to listen to is Passenger (acoustic). This one has slight guitar strums, mixed with Chris’s Voice and it sounds greet. This song works acoustically in so many ways. It was a great song, and then the acoustic version takes it one step further allowing you to focus on the lyrics. The lyrics “It’s all ways someone else” reach’s a great climax vocally with the acoustic version. I love hearing Chris’s vocals in this song he pulls off such amazing tones that really add a depth to the version. The band perform amazingly well to be able to pull not only the original version but an acoustic version of Passenger.
Now I’m up to the last song of what has been an amazing album, each song having its own emotion and story and being performed so well by every member of Trapt. The last song on the album is Castaway (acoustic) this opens with the beautiful sounds of a piano first which is beautiful to hear, leading to the guitar which has such a great style and you can hear the drumming match perfectly with this. Chris again shows off his voice so amazingly majestic in this song, it’s such a powerful emotion of a song. This song at 2:36min has a little bongo drumming in it as well to really help the song. It’s a great end song all most like Chris is talking to you telling you not to leave him stranded and Castaway.
I have to say as a fan of Trapt’s previous work, they have done an amazing job on this album. They have re-invented themselves well still remaining the same. This album is sure to bring new fans well not alienating old fans. A highlight for me of the album is defiantly Human (Like the rest of us) both the non-acoustic and acoustic versions were amazing. Ty fury, Brendan, Peter and Chris, thank you for such an amazing album. I hope to see you all down under playing both D.N.A and the acoustic versions as well one day. I have gone through the D.N.A of Trapt. And their D.N.A is strong so anyone who likes powerful music with depth and emotion should get D.N.A.