Fusing the upbeat, melodic feel of metal with the driving, soaring sound of good ol' fashion rock, Seattle's Spring The Trap offer the perfect mix of energy and depth on their new EP without becoming cliché or over-confident. The opening track, "Lucid," gives the feeling of a heavy metalcore-ish album before vocalist Roland Ashton brings it back to a more radio friendly vibe akin to Avenged Sevenfold with a dash of Chevelle.
Likewise, "The Maze" begins with pounding double bass over a slow, steady crash before a wave of distorted guitars fall in and become .... slow and pretty. Just like that. Any band that can incorporate multiple moods into their songs and actually pull it off have my vote, and STT has it in roves. "The Maze" is all over the place, switching between driving metal, up-beat anthematic verses and a calming slow part that shows off the band's abilities as musicians. "Faceless" rounds out the six-song EP with a hard-hitting track that feels a tad stale until the guitar solo comes piercing in halfway through and saves the day.
As a whole, Spring The Trap has whipped out an impressive EP that offers fans a nice taste of the many platitudes of "rock." These guys are great musicians and songwriters, no doubt, with a strong EP to hopefully launch their birth into the Seattle music scene.