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Album Review

No one could ever accuse the Fall of Troy of being conventional. Manipulator, their second album with Albany's Equal Vision Records, is all over the place with fretboard workouts, elastic vocals and constantly shifting rhythms, all sewn together by the band's ability to start and stop on a dime regardless of the direction each member might individually be going. Manipulator always keeps listeners guessing, and the vocal range of these guys is ridiculously impressive. Between Thomas Erak and Tim Ward, the two effortlessly move up and down the scale of sweet, emo-core singing to high-pitched squeals to throaty shrieks without missing so much as a step navigating through the chaotic background. And through all of the post-hardcore freak-outs, prog rock noodling and keyboard touches, the band (which amazingly makes this sweet racket with just three members) manages to keep everything extremely fluid and relatively controlled. There are always melodic chunks of pop shimmering just below the surface, keeping the music wholly accessible and engaging in the face of the Fall of Troy's propensity for wandering into the unpredictable terrain of bands like the Blood Brothers. But what's even more impressive is that the still-young band's eccentric and complex arrangements actually have a method to them (Matt Bayles was the perfect producer to help them tighten things up), and they're not just stringing along random sections for the sake of being random. If the Fall of Troy is already at this level of playing (and barely able to now legally drink), the best part of Manipulator being so good is that the band seems to just be getting started. [The album contains a bonus disc of four live tracks.]

Customer Reviews

First review?

wow this was a classic cd. I guarantee its like nothing you have heard before. FOT, brought a fresh sound to an over saturated scene. Its weird, but amazing give it a chance. I don't really know what to say besides BUY IT!

Second review? On the same day?

Great album. Id recomend this, self titled and doppelganger. In the unlikely event has some good songs, but the overall feel of the album isnt great like their first three records.

Perfection on a stick.

Thomas Erak...What more can I say? This band really made me listen and feel the guitar for the first time, giving it an almost overpowering quality, in the way that it shapes the music and sets the tone. The album has so many different types of guitar riffs and vocal styles. Thomas Eraks best work on vocals for sure!

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Mukilteo, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Post-hardcore trio the Fall of Troy formed in Mukilteo, WA, in 2002. Singer/guitarist Thomas Erak, singer/bassist Tim Ward, and drummer Andrew Forsman previously collaborated in 30 Years War, a screamo outfit they formed with fellow high school classmate Mike Munro on guitar. After a pair of self-released 2002 EPs, Martyrs Among the Casualties and Live at the Paradox, Munro left the group, citing day-job commitments, and the remaining trio continued as the Fall of Troy, selecting the name as before...
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