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Fall Of Troy

Doppelganger

Equal Vision 112

Released on August 16, 2005


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Melodic, uplifting vocals and harmonies, side-by-side with tortured, assaulting screams. Mathematically precise rhythms and complex fretwork, giving way to loose jam-inspired divergences. Pop-meets-punk-meets-metal-meets-rock in the unlikeliest of places: this is the musical crossroads where you'll find Washington State-based trio The Fall of Troy, skittering off defiantly in one direction after another, refusing to stick to any one established road. If it sounds like it all adds up to chaos, that's because it often does - but only in the same beautiful way as our own everyday experience. And with Doppelganger, their Equal Vision debut, that kind of musical experimentation and alternate perspective has enabled Thomas Erak (vocals/guitar), Tim Ward (bass/vocals), and Andrew Forsman (drums) to stand out right from the start. Given the chance to work on the new record with top producer Barrett Jones (Foo Fighters, The Melvins, Jawbox), the band jumped, and entered the studio in exactly the right mindset. "We didn't really go in there with a set sound in mind," says Forsman. "We just kind of figured it out on the spot. So the new album became more of a snapshot of us at the time than a posed picture." Which is fitting, considering that no two live experiences with The Fall of Troy are ever the same. Rather than plan out every aspect of their shows, the band leaves things open on stage, allowing for the music and the energy to take over. No one knows exactly when or how a song will change, or when the atmosphere will explode with electricity, until it actually happens. And while a record can't physically change from listen to listen, that sense of spontaneity remains a big part of what makes Doppelganger so powerful.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 11 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 I Just Got This Symphony Goin' Voted #2  13%
2 Act One, Scene One  10%
3 F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. Voted #1  23%
4 "You Got A Death Wish, Johnny Truant?"  5%
5 Mouths Like Sidewinder Missles  9%
6 The Hol[ ]y Tape  3%
7 Laces Out, Dan!  6%
8 We Better Learn To Hotwire A Uterus  10%
9 Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man's Bones Voted #3  12%
10 Tom Waits  5%
11 Macaulay McCulkin  5%
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Nicke from Bolingbrook, IL 
Aug 22 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This isnt bullshit "emo" like the new Fall Of Troy. Im hoping all the little trendy Hot Topic kids pick up the new CD and like it then get the older The Fall Of Troy CDs and just stare at the speakers in utter confusion. This CD is just killer. Its spazztic to an extent yet doesnt get to where its annoying. Wacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Mans Bones is the highlight of this CD in my opinion. If you like this one or the self titled CD DO NOT pick up the new one.....Its typical Hot Topic "emo"/"screamo"/"mallcore" crap. Alot of people are turned off by this genre of music where there is absolutely no sense of the typical verse-chorus-verse structure but I appreciate something different and the ability to craft a song without following the typical structure. As far as comparisons go.....Ive got none.....Maybe a tamer The Locust or along the lines of Since By Man. Anyhow.....Its a damn fine CD!

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Tegan from East Fremantle, Australia 
Feb 26 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This CD's sound is comparable being thrown around like a bear's prey. It's just all over the place. It's unbelievably intense. It's just crazy. But despite the speed of the guitar work... and vocals in some cases, there are minimal mistakes. It's just great to listen to. As a few other's previously mentioned, to some it's noise. To me, it's an incredible adventure.

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Michael from Southington, CT 
Aug 16 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

not quite as good as the first cd, but the sound quality is so much richer that it makes up for it. This band is one of the most talented out there and I'll pick up anything they do because IT WILL BE creative and that's lacking from a lot of bands these days. 4stars this time

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Nate from Omaha, NE 
Jun 25 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This cd is absolutely amazing. Fall of Troy has put together a beautiful blend of very technical guitars with some pretty good drums and a nice high pitch scream. The cd all flows together extremely well and there are a bunch of what are essentially interludes but they are built into the songs. I don't think there is a song on here that i dont' like. i would definitely buy this if you are human.

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Nicholas from New Paris, OH 
Dec 18 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

i had Fall of Troy's 1st disc and i was floored then just as i am now! the remix of F.C.P....... is badical!!! the only thing about this cd i didn't like was that they (songs) weren't all new, but none the less The Fall Of Troy are different and very catchy and i betta you won't be disappointed at all!!!

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Chris from Bowling Green, OH 
Nov 1 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This album is better than good, however if you are not one to appreciate intricate guitar work or music and vocals that almost awkwardly change directions, then you might be pissed if you spend your money on it. The guitarwork is phenomenal, but some may think that its speed and craziness is not talent but noise. I disagree. The vocals range from singing to screaming and are pulled off quite nicely. I think that what keeps this album from being a 10 is that there is just something about it that's not right. I think the problem is that at times, the vocals seem mediocre due to lapses of poor execution and the frantic guitar work seems a tad repetitive. Also, it seems that sometimes, the change in direction of vocals and music seem a little forced. While it now sounds like I hate this album, that is not the case. I don't think it's for everyone, but it is indeed for me. I recommend you check it out at PureVolume before you buy it.

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Josh from Warner Robins, GA 
Sep 9 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This cd is pretty dang good. If you like previous Fall Of Troy recordings, you will probably like this. They changed a couple songs from their first full length, and pretty much turned them into new songs. I'd recommend it.

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Paul from Wellington, New Zealand 
Sep 4 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is one of the most interesting albums i've heard in a while. The listener is led into a musical journey exploring so many roads of music. Equal Vision have a great reputation of finding interesting bands and this is no exception. BUY IT!

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Simon from Melbourne, Australia 
Aug 22 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I'd heard this album ages ago, but ended up buying it cos they rule so much. i was very impressed with this cd, the only downside being that so many of their old songs re-appeared on this cd, not that that is a bad thing, i was just hoping for alot more new material. now that this is at, it should hold me off until the Ghostship album comes out somtime next year or whenver it does. if this album is anything to go by, Ghostship is definately gonna be an album worth waiting for.

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Ray from Ypsilanti, MI 
Aug 21 2005 Rating: 1/5 Stars

Let me be the first to call "bullshit" on this album.

First, though, I need to say that the Fall of Troy's self-titled full length and subsequent Ghostship demo were absolutely AMAZING. I was telling more people about the Fall of Troy than any other band, even though I usually like to "keep bands to myself" - you know, the whole 'it's better if no one else likes it' frame of mind. Well, with this band I didn't care. I started calling Thomas Erak "Our generation's Guitar Hero", and used him in an abstract painting for a class. On the Ghostship demo songs, Erak's guitar work is incredible. I was so psyched for this CD to come that I pre-ordered it, and even got a voucher for that free t-shirt...

Then I got the CD.

I can use lots of adjectives to describe this album, and none of them are complimentary. Over-produced, predictable, pseudo-experimental, boring, unemotional, feeble... the list goes on and on. I'm not going to say that no one should like this album, I'm just saying that they do NOT sound like they used to. In my opinion, I think Equal Vision is to blame. The songs that were re-done have lost ALL their energy and the new ones are flat-out uninspired. Listening to their other work would constantly make me take a step back and go "whoa, that guitar work is AWESOME", and I'd have the driving melodies stuck in my head for days...

This album is forgettable. The guitar work is either rushed, lazy, or trying too hard. The vocals... what the hell? The screams are less-punctual, and the singing has these bits of... I don't even know how to describe it... but you know when you hear it... and it's not a pleasure to listen to. The Fall of Troy really has lost their soul on this one. And, if anyone would like a Large t-shirt from the pre-release, keep looking on eBay, I'll have it up shortly after I get it.

R.I.P. Thomas Erak's career.

 
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