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The Fall Of Troy - s/t

Equal Vision, 2003, CD, Vinyl

This is as good as it gets for the whole screaming/singing metalcore meets melody job. It blows away anything at the time it came out and still does. Nobody improved on it. They innovated to the point of genius where other bands were scratching their heads trying to figure out how to play a sick lead riff alongside an open-string mosh riff.

As soon as we are into the first song, Rockstar Nailbomb, it's clear that this band know how to play as they string together a tight chord sequence that explodes into some spectacular lead riff slalom. Nobody was pulling shit as good as this, in this style, maybe only At The Drive In or Fordirelifesake.

The rest of it continues at the same level of technicality and proficiency as they show remarkable talent for a band so young. This isn't the kind of thing where they are screaming their hearts out about some broken life, barely able to play their instruments - there is no pretence here at such a thing, they are from good homes, they just play good music in this particular style. Sometimes its not necessary to be expressing some inner experience of darkness when the technicality of the music can take center-stage in such a way that it does here. It tends to eclipse any reservations or gripes that can develop when you have heard a hundred of these bands all as lame as each other.

They are equally capable of rocking out through long passages of prog-metal style voyages as they are at producing some sublime, dreamy indie-rock style piece as in F.C.P.S.I.T.S.G.E.P.G.E.P.G.E.P. Always they push the possiblities with intros like from Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles where they make these flamboyant, technical lead riffs boost the songs to a uniquely stylish level.

At no point does the musicality or creativity drop off into formulaic repetition as they keep things interesting throughout to create a genuine record of the year contender.

Reviewed by indigo on 16-12-2011

Keywords : screamo metalcore post-hardcore alternative metal alternative rock experimental metal prog metal

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