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The Fall of Troy


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3.22 | 18 ratings

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Andy Webb
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3 stars A good effort at a hardcore rock album, but not much else.

The Fall of Troy has so far released four studio albums, each with it's own little spritz of creativity and harshness, and this album is no different. Eccentric, crazy, eclectic, and many more adjectives, for better or for worse, could be used to describe this album. From beginning to end, the album hides multiple creative "easter eggs" of style and insanity. From one intense song, you might find screaming "emo" vocals, and then suddenly a calmer melodic section. It's a good album, but nothing incredible.

Panic Attack opens the album with a poppy riff, which continues throughout the intense song. The vocals are a little harsh and are hard to bear, and so is the all-over-the-place music, but the track, overall, is acceptable and can be listened to without your ears bleeding. This is mainly because of one of those "easter eggs" appears on this song, where the intense riffing breaks into a little guitar diddy that is nicer to listen to, unlike the next track.

Straight-Jacket Keelhauled is just horrible. Absolutely horrible. The intro is atrocious, and is barely listenable. They make it blatantly obvious they are trying to connect to their hardcore metal/rock fanbase on this track, with screechy screaming vocals and intense instrumentation.

Battleship Graveyard is still intense, but is miles better than the previous track. The track is actually somewhat enjoyable to listen to, with Mars Volta-influenced intricate riffing backing the vocals. Still, the screaming vocals do not fit this would-be good music when it is present.

A Classic State of Transference is one of the better tracks on the album, with more intricate riffing backing the vocals, which really makes this type of music really unique. Much less intense loud instrumentation is heard, which is welcome on the intense album.

Single is most likely one of the best tracks on the album. Fantastic melodic guitar work, backed by positively intense instrumentation really makes this song great. Although the "prog" element in this track is still lacking, the great creativity put into creating this track is obvious and is a bright spot on this so far dour album.

Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen is one of the wild card songs you sometimes find on albums. The interesting name draws you in, but the song itself is very hard to get into. The pop element is obvious, but it is minutely catchy. Overall, this track is weak in comparison to Single.

People and Their Lives is another great song. It is one of the most definably "progressive" songs on the album, with a longer running time, more creative melodies, rhythms, and harmonies. Creativity really oozes out of this song. One of the best!

Dirty Pillow Talk is a very odd song. Heavily effected guitars really alienate any real musical value, even by Mars Volta standard. The vocals are still eccentric and screechy, which also alienates any listener.

Nobody's Perfect is a nice more melodic song. It is one of the better songs on the album, with creative rhythms and bluesy guitar breakdowns. It still has that sprig of intense insanity, but on this song it's just right. The song starts out slower, but near the end of the song, it quickly picks up to a level of intensity welcome in the slower song.

Webs is a very bluesy rock song, with a very bluesy opening riff. The entire song has this bluesy riff prevalent, and is probably the slowest and easiest track to listen to on the entire album.

Walk of Frame is another intense, heavily intricate riff-based song. It has a nice balance of intensity and melody, and begins the nice ending of this generally good album. Breakdowns are very nice, and the track leads nicely into the last track.

Nature vs. Nature is a great ending. It really synthesizes all the good things about the album, with intense riffing, bluesy guitar work, positive poppy instrumentation, and the good side of the singer's vocals. Overall, another one of the good songs on the album.

ALBUM OVERALL: A good album. Often times when people see a 3 star album they immediately dismiss it as garbage, but people must recognize that 3 stars means "good, but non-essential." So yes, this album is good, but it isn't a "must have." Creative guitar work and odd rhythms and harmonies are positive points, but screechy screaming vocals and often very (very) odd song writing is a negative point. 3 stars.

Andy Webb | 3/5 |


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