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3.90 | 52 ratings | 7 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Just Got This Symphony Goin (4:09)
2. Act One, Scene One (5:00)
3. F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. (3:57)
4. You Got a Death Wish, Johnny Truant? (2:12)
5. Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles (3.44)
6. The Hol[ ]y Tape... (4:51)
7. Laces Out, Dan! (2:31)
8. We Better Learn to Hotwire a Uterus (2:10)
9. Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man's Bones (4:50)
10. Tom Waits (3:03)
11. Macaulay McCulkin (8:06)

Total Time: 44:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Thomas Erak / guitars, keyboard, lead vocals
- Tim Ward / bass, vocals
- Andrew Forsman / drums

Releases information

Equal Visions

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THE FALL OF TROY Doppelgänger ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

THE FALL OF TROY Doppelgänger reviews

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Review by horsewithteeth11
5 stars This was my introduction to this band, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor several times when listening to it. The Fall of Troy really made a huge jump from their debut release to this. The songwriting is significantly more mature, the production quality has been significantly improved, especially on the songs that were remastered from the band's debut, and the songs all have a much-need boost in power and energy to them. Guitarist and lead vocalist Thomas Erak's vocals go from normal singing to a few really off-the-wall post-hardcore shouts and screams. I think his voice is much more powerful on this album, but at the same time more restrained. In fact, that's an element of the music that really shows here. Unlike their debut, The Fall of Troy really does tune it done occasionally tempo-wise, as we do get a fair amount of slower sections, many of which may be subjected to acoustics and noise in the vein of early The Mars Volta albums (De-loused and Frances come to mind more than once). Despite the maturity of this release, technicality and polyrhythms galore are still a major factor in this music. But the technicality feels like it has much more of a purpose here. The band isn't just playing fast riffs for the sake of playing fast.

I've been flipping over in my mind whether I should give this 4 or 5 stars and I seem to change my mind about it almost constantly. But in the end, I really have no complaints about it, which means I can happily give it a 5 star rating. Fans of The Mars Volta or modern heavy prog owe it to themselves to check The Fall of Troy out.

Review by Prog Leviathan
4 stars Fall of Troy's Doppelganger is that rare erruption of savage creativity and energy that makes the listener's brain shatter with its awesomeness-- then proceeds to beat the staggered listener into oblivion with a non-stop assault of sound.

While it would be unfair to say that Fall of Troy is a Mars Volta clone... the inspiration is very, very clear. Fast, catchy, ambitious rhythms with frenzied guitar creativity abound through Doppleganger, and the virtuosity displayed by these three musicians is genuinely impressive. It's amazing how many sounds they cram into these short tunes, the first half alone giving us a first rate combination of trash, hardcore, atmospheric, melodic, and poly- rythmic coolness. Bass and drum work is first rate. Erak's vocals are almost as busy as his guitar playing, as he changes between his clean, high-timbre singing voice and intense screams constantly. The listener should be prepared for lots of screaming, very much out of the modern hardcore movement-- which I generally dislike; however, there is a genuine fun to his melodic choruses and screams which I think elevates above the emo-crowd considerably. Still... be prepared for screaming.

Songwriting is generally good, though I do feel like Doppleganger is still showing the band in their adolescence. It feels like the group is exploring their potential, and the quality in songs declines in the last third or so of the album, where Erak's vocals get a bit excessive. Also, there's the huge shadow of Mars Volta sound looming over this entire album, which certainly doesn't detract from its enjoyment, but shows that the group is wearing its influences on their sleeve.

Bottom line-- much of Doppleganer is crazy awesome. The band's musicianship is amazing, as is their energy and intensity; there is a lot going here, especially given the band's youth at the time. Highly recommended to fans seeking something a little hardcore to smash away the quite for an enjoyable 40 minutes. "Heavy prog" is almost a misnomer here. I look forward to seeing where this group goes next!

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 5 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Latest members reviews

4 stars A very good album, especialy for those looking for something original. The sound is very raw tight and heavy, the style a Punk/Hardcore/Metal mix, with a constant shifting between diffrent tempos. Could be described as a fussion between The Mars Volta and At the Drive in, but without most of t ... (read more)

Report this review (#586485) | Posted by tamijo | Sunday, December 11, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is just a great math metal/rock album. This being their second, and way better than their first, this album saw the band propell in to a new level of craziness. With a crazy instrumenta section, werid lyrics and even funnier song titles, this album had me hooked from start to finish. ... (read more)

Report this review (#288819) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Thursday, July 1, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's easy to miss The Fall of Troy in the steady stream of metalesque prog-outfits out there. When discussing music with fellow metal-lovers I'm surprised to find that a rather few of them have heard this treat of a band. Well, I say band, but to me they are pretty much this album. Where all the ... (read more)

Report this review (#251851) | Posted by Lezaza | Friday, November 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Looking for new music, I was recommended Doppelganger by a friend. So I picked it up, and was immediately glad I did so. This album is extremely enjoyable, full of twitchy riffs, sudden breaks and time changes. It's ear candy if you're looking for a heavy modern album with bare instrumentation. ... (read more)

Report this review (#238955) | Posted by fighting sleep | Saturday, September 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Well, I got turned onto these guys by my friend who is a total emo screamo psycho fan. I thought: What in god's name are these guys doing on the archives? So I gave them a listen. BOY. I was amazed. These guys are so fresh, they sound like they're taking elements from Protest The Hero, The Mar ... (read more)

Report this review (#177260) | Posted by Treasure | Friday, July 18, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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