When i first heard of Fall of Troy is was right before Doppleganger came out. I heard the demo versions of "Tom Waits" and "Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man's Bones", and i was blown away. The vocals weren't the best but i saw past that. I saw their potential. Crazy guitars, and time shifts that blew you away, they were all there. Then I heard the full CD and still felt the same way. After i also checked out their debut "Fall of Troy" i noticed a slight progression in the sound i was a bit more precise but still retained that raw edge. That was before...
...Manipulator is now! Fall of Troy continue to defy common knowledge. These dude are 21 years old and they are blowing people minds with their music. Just think how good these guys will be in 2 or 3 years. They continue to push their music forward with Manipulator. They explore their past efforts and combine it with new styles of music. You can hear a little blues, a little pop, and still keeping the post-hardcore, post-punk edge. They mix it up perfectly and combine styles to make some amazing songs. Thomas also has a solo song on here. Its a nice jazzy sort of song. He shows his potential vocally on this track and most other tracks, also. He can range from the lowest scream to the highest note. Sometimes he reaches a little too high but i won't fault him for that. You can hear some vintage Fall of Troy in here, you can hear a little Mastodon on here, you can here a dab of Blood Brothers on here, you can hear a little HORSE the band on here, and strangely enough you can here a bit of Weezer on here. The range is awesome and the blending is perfect. It's not a surprise to me that there is the Weezer influence. Thomas is a big fan of Weezer. I saw them at a show a while ago and while they were fixing some of the stuff on the stage he played "Butterfly" by Weezer. It was pretty good too. That shocked me. In a good way though. It's nice to know musicians are diverse listeners. My favorites (right now) on Manipulator are "Quarter Past", "Shhh!!! If You're Quiet, I'll Show You A Dinosaur", and "A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama.". They are all good songs though, I promise you that!
5 friggin' stars.