Album Stream: [Evertrapped]’s ‘The Last Extinction’ Distracts from Pandemic Ennui

Dudes and dudettes, like many of you holding fort during the first stage of the end of the world, I’ve been blaming Cattle Decapitation. I’ve also developed a new aliment I’ve chosen to christen ‘pandemic flat-ass’ during which my exploration of the darkest and dustiest recesses of both my DVD collection and online streaming services has been extensive. Here, I’ve been able to deeply delve into my ongoing obsession with cop and action TV shows and movies from other countries. What does this have to do with a melodic death metal band from Montréal? On the surface, not a whole lot, but after binge watching a number of Israeli-based productions, I picked up on the similarities between the flak jackets members of that nation’s fictional, televised police force don whilst carrying out their hastily and shoddily-planned ops and whatever the heck it is a couple of the members of [Evertrapped] are sporting in their promo pics. While I’m sure this is completely unintentional and a figment of my imagination, this is the sort of thing that happens when you have all day to sit around and think about nothing.

Originally coming together thirteen years ago, [Evertrapped] have parlayed the lessons learned at the school of Dark Tranquillity, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Arch Enemy into four full-lengths, their most recent The Last Extinction set to see release on Québec label Hellstorm Recordz tomorrow. From the band’s bio: “[Evertrapped] is a Montréal-based five-piece who have been bringing beautifully relentless brutal melodic death metal to audiences since 2007. The band’s name is intentionally written with enclosed brackets to signify the trappings of modern life for all of us and how people, despite their best attempts to break out of the mold, are still affixed to a simple controlled existence and futility.”

Today, we’re streaming a preview of the entire record. When we asked vocalist James Brooks for a bit of insight into the album, here’s what he hurled back to us via email: “The Last Extinction blends some of the heaviest stuff we’ve done to date and yet also some of the more melodic. Essentially it takes the best of both worlds from our last two albums and brings you nine new tracks that can have you immersed in some surprising melodies while simultaneously making you want to violently bang your head! What more could you want from a new melodic death metal album in 2020!?”

What I’ve also been pondering is how long it’s going to take before the square bracket stylization of their moniker is going to be replaced by pictures of apartment buildings, condos, semi-detached bungalows, corner lot standalones or whatever domicile you, me, them and everyone are presently “trapped” in. See what I mean about thinking too much about nothing? So, check out The Last Extinction and if it tickles your fancy, the band and label links are below if you want to order a copy. In the meantime, I’m heading back to my beanbag chair to find the Israeli equivalent of Crockett and Tubbs.