Iron Fist Magazine

INTO BATTLE: ENTRAPMENT

When ‘Infernal Blasphemies’, the three track demo (on tape format, obviously), was released in early 2010 on the now defunct Detest Records imprint, it seemed like an elusive project for Michel Jonker, former drummer with Absorbed and Massive Assault, the d-beat war machine from Groningen, Holland. Still, even if he had left his previous band because he was “too busy with other things”, this veteran musician kept on playing music at home “just for fun”. He eventually ended up writing and performing this first raw recording by himself telling Iron Fist; “this was the music I wanted to play. It’s raw, furious, has simple songs structures and an old school vibe. As simple as that!”

But two years later, Entrapment has grown into something much bigger than a simple hobby. So besides gathering a line-up, including members from Massive Assault and God Dethroned, for live duties, Michel has put out ‘Irreligious Abominations’, a compilation of all three demos plus a bunch of live tracks through Godeater Records. He also found time to record Entrapment’s first proper full-length, ‘The Obscurity Within’, on Soulseller, assisted by live member Jeroen Vrielink who played bass and lead guitar on the album. After denying trying to jump on the old school Swedish revival bandwagon (“Both Absorbed and Massive Assault started off as tributes in disguise to the Swedish scene alright and it’s here too. But I believe that Entrapment has also a lot more American influences. Plus, we aren’t as downtuned nor do we use that famous Boss HM2 effect pedal!”), he says he’d rather label his style as “zombifying soultearing death metal”. And with already a bunch of splits on their way and more and more concerts being announced, this one-time spontaneous project has now turned into something that is here “for the long run”.