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MANIPULATOR

The Fall of Troy

 

Heavy Prog

3.52 | 19 ratings

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OceanTree
4 stars First album I bought from this awsome band. If I compare this album to the previous one Doppelganger, this one is more concrete I'd have to say. They know where they're going. There's less non-sens guitar playing and insane tempo jumps. You actually can listen to a song without being lost.

The album starts with ''Cut Down All The Trees...'', no intro no smooth opening. They shoot this track straight in your face without any warning.

After that goes ''The Dark Trail'' which is heavier, longer and still awesome.

Quarter Past is the bluesiest of their work. The song could actually play on radio! Well maybe the first part with the keyboards...

After this smooth ride (for the fall of troy of course) There goes ''Problem!?'' a two-minute-of-non-stop-groundbreaking-screams-and-whiplash-headbanging-riffs. Can't get enough of this one.

Semi-Fiction is the most emo song of the album but still kicks major arses. Screaming, math rock tempos, clean lament and a very cool melody. Of course, a Fall Of Troy signature... mid-song instrumental part.

''Oh! The Casino!?'' weird tempo main riff and ''quarter past'' style verse. That's about it. Not the best song but you get it stuck in your head for a couple hours.

-WARNING- The following songs may contain weird material and complete madness.

Sledgehammer... Don't listen to this song having Peter Gabriel in mind because you'll have a bit of a surprise. Really intense song with again a mid-song instrumental. Alot of riffs and non-stop palm muting by the end of the song.

Seattlantis. I don't really know what to say about this song for I've listened to it only 3 times maybe. Not that good. It goes by and you won't get hooked by it.

Ex-Creations. Probably my favorite on the album! Very cool intro then goes dissonant chords and screams with out of nowhere bends and then tapping solo!!! After you realize what just happens the song continues to surprise you as they insert some kind of chorus. That's not all! After that, breakdown for supper and screaming for desert. Great meal!

The dinosaur thingy song is a great follower to ex creations and they keep you with heavy riffs and unexpected stops and tempo changes. Splitting the song with a rock n roll style phrase and screams. Then again with the stops and tempos...

Caught up..... pop song........more i need to say??? still catchy though

A Man A Plan A Canal Panama... Refer to the title for some information on the song : long, weird, good, unexpected. Kind of the McCaulay McCulkin of the album... The band keeps you on a rollercoaster ride, with rude turns, speed and unexpected ups and downs. You know... the one that makes you sick but you still want to ride it again and again! 4/5

OceanTree | 4/5 |

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