Review Summary: This is The Fall of Troy, only younger, rawer, and more emotional.3 of 3 thought this review was well writtenThe 30 Years War
were a post-hardcore band formed by Thomas Erak, Mike Munro, Timothy Ward, and Andrew Forsman. If you listen to The Fall of Troy
, you're probably looking at that line-up and telling yourself that it looks strangely familiar. That's because The 30 Years War
is essentially The Fall of Troy
, but younger, prettier sounding, and with an extra guitarist. Yeah, I said prettier.
If you aren't familiar with The Fall of Troy's
sound, it goes something like this: throw together technical drumming, groovy bass, and some insane guitar work into a 4 minute mini-epic that flies through more changes than you can register, all while still being fun to listen to. It is a formula that works very well for them, and they continue to find ways to keep it interesting. You'd think that earlier on in their musical career they couldn't possibly have had all
of these traits, correct? That would make them only 16 for crying out loud!
Well to put it bluntly, you'd be dead wrong.
The thing that amazes me about The 30 Years War's
first release is that everything is on par with what you'd expect from Erak and crew. Sure, it's not as well-produced or as 'good' vocally, but with those setbacks comes one of the most emotion-filled EPs I've ever heard in my life. The production is much rawer, the screaming never sounds forced, and the music is much more beautiful than they will later make.
The song Tears of Green Eyed Angels
shows exactly what I mean when I say prettier. It starts out with a nice clean guitar intro before quickly exploding into a frenzy of distortion for a few seconds until suddenly dropping back into clean guitar and a groovy rhythm section. From there it zig-zags between clean and distorted guitar, always keeping the listener on their toes in true tFoT fashion.
Overall, this EP is a must-have for anyone who likes The Fall of Troy
or good post-hardcore in general. Oh, and did I mention you can get it for free (legally) along with their live EP online?
So get to it, you won't regret it.