The Fall of Troy
Doppelganger


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
February 18th, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


It’s about time I write a review for Doppelganger by the Fall Of Troy, as I have been into them for quite some time now. I guess I should start off by saying that this band somehow fuses many genres together to create one great product. Through their music, you can feel the progression along with some emotion. The only thing more shocking than hearing the actual music, was learning the lead (and only) guitarist also manages to sing. I was mind boggled at the fact that the guitar lines are absolutely insane, quick, and variant, and yet someone can produce vocals as their hand begins to break the time continuum because of the speed of the play. The band just signed on to Equal Vision, which has managed to become my favorite label. How could I resist with bands like Coheed and Cambria, Fear Before, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Bear Vs Shark. Fall of Troy comes along and tries to squeeze an inch in on Fear Before as the best hardcore band on the label. They squeezed in a few feet instead to meet their prize.

Some say that the band has somewhat “sold-out" due to switching labels and re-recording songs because of supposed “song errors". But some people also say that “Grind" is the least talented genre. I’ve heard the previous versions of those four songs on the band’s self-titled album. If you were to ask me, the remakes are a lot better than the originals. For example, the song F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X is what replaced F.C.P.S.I.T… on the other album. The new one towers over the older one because it is more musically advanced than its predecessor. But this isn’t the case with all the remakes. Macauly McCaulkin was a trillion times better on Ghostship Demos. They cut out some of the intensity to make it seem like a slow song to close the album, and sadly, it just doesn’t fit in at all. The old one has a simple distorted and reverberated guitar hit. Either a single or double stroke, and that’s all. The new one has insane guitar picking to acquire the same sound as the original, but to make it sound better in the process. It was details like that, that were added to ensure success with the band’s sophomore album.

If you have never heard Fall Of Troy, get two cd players next to each other. Play Cygnus…Vismund Cygnus by Mars Volta in one, then in the next one, play Against Automation by Ampere. That is pretty close to what they sound like. If you ask me, Doppelganger is beautiful. It’s tracks like “Tom Waits" that make us scream from joy. A quick hardcore romp with crazy guitar and overwhelming screaming. I heart the vocals, when you first hear them, they will sound a bit annoying because it sounds like he’s trying too hard. But soon you will learn to love them as I have. The instrumentation on this album difficult to explain. The band can produce so much, but they use effects a little too often. They need to lay off some of the pedals.

If I really wanted to have a problem with the band, then it would be that in some cases, the songs can get a pretty repetitive. Some of the track “Laces Out, Dan" sounds just like some riffs in “Whacko Jacko". But in the end, this is inevitable due to the complexity and speed of the guitar lines. When you jump back and fourth to one sound in less than 30 seconds, it seems like more repetitively then if you venture to the a new sound and back in a matter of two minutes. There are also those songs that just need to end already, either because the overall sound of the track is like the one-flavored ice cream sundae, or it just runs too long for your liking. Some pretty sappy lyrics also bring this one down a bit.

One song good enough to describe as my favorite would have to be “Laces Out, Dan". It opens coming off the of the big close to The Hol[ ]y Tape, so it starts up with a gradual volume. Then the guitar is suddenly sent to an institution because it’s insane (lame joke). The bass is thumping and carrying a quick and heavy line. The drums are loud due to the constant smashing of the various cymbals over and over again. Then comes the bridge of the track, a high pitched scream, and one of the only with a message like “Did you think that I was Joking!" This is one of the shorter songs on the album, but it is definitely a notable one as well.

If you picked up one Fall Of Troy album, this would be the one to get. It shows the overall talent of the band to the fullest extent. The guitar work alone makes this album deserving of the score I’ll give it. Don’t take the label of “Hardcore" to heart either. Trust me, I would not pick up an album from a band that constantly talks about wrist slitting and death crap. Mention my HH review, and die. Just kidding. Despite the remade songs, and only being left with six new ones, this is an overall great album. I am looking forward to the future for this band, hopefully they don’t go all pop/punk on us. I am also looking forward to seeing them with HORSE the band and Poison the Well. I will edit this review with a “live" section after the show.



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NEDM
February 18th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Congratulations to me on my 50th review :cool:

Neoteric
February 18th 2006


3243 Comments


Nice review, Fall Of Troy are one of those bands that I've been meaning to check out but I never bother to do =/

santi3hg
February 18th 2006


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i got my tickets for that show with poison and horse! april 21st!

anyways your review was good but i must say you failed to point out they remade 5-6songs on this album, they sound better but wasnt necessary. and i think tom using the effects is pretty much insane, cause everything you hear on the album he plays live...its amazing

ToWhatEnd
February 18th 2006


3172 Comments


Yeah I believe he loops his stuff live. Someone told me that in my guitar class and he also said they put on a hell of a good show live.

Still haven't checked much of these guys out yet, I hear I'm missing out.

YDload
February 18th 2006


1207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're wrong if you think the FCP remix is better than the original. It sounds way too over-produced, and the cool bassline is replaced by the guitar instead. The other song remixes aren't so bad, and do offer some necessary improvements (although I really liked that distorted drum intro to the old Whacko Jacko), but overall I think the S/T is stronger.

spoon_of_grimbo
February 19th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band are amazing!!! some of the songs are a bit samey, but theyre all amazing music-wise!

STFDood84
February 19th 2006


179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

s/t is a bit stronger, but this is still a great album.

santi3hg
February 21st 2006


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah some of the remade songs lost their raw appeal, o well the new album in 06 is something much looked forward to.This Message Edited On 02.21.06

spoon_of_grimbo
March 2nd 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys get some of their song titles from a book called "house of leaves" (possibly the best book ever written IMO), for example "you got a deathwish johnny truant?" and "the hol[ ]y tape" relate to two characters in the book (johnny truant and holloway roberts). the book is just like fall of troy's music - fucked up. and that's a compliment to both.

NEDM
March 2nd 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll have to check out that book.

NEDM
July 8th 2006


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boy, this just never gets old.

Pippystix
November 10th 2007


19 Comments


hmm
i think the original versions of Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles and Macaulay McCulkin were a lot better, I think the others are about even, but FCPREMIX is WAY better than the original.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mouths is equal. The only original version I find to be better really is "I Just Got This Symphony Goin'"

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 10th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they are pretty lame for re-recording songs like they do. Like this album would be 7 tracks without re-recorded songs.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but one of those re-recordings is almost a totally different song.
And I mean they did it on the s/t too so eh.

Doppelganger
November 10th 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah but FCPREMIX is on Guitar Hero III!!!

MyRamona
November 11th 2007


1090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be fair, they could've put a much better FOT song on the guitar hero tracklist. Sledgehammer or Mcaulay, something a bit more epic like that.

I love this album to death, but I much prefer the demo of Tom Waits to the version on this album.

astrel
December 9th 2007


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FCPREMIX is damn catchy though.

liledman
July 1st 2009


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think I'm the only one who prefers the original FCP...



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