I have decided to introduce another segment to my blog, this time by reviewing albums which are just good. That’s basically the jist of it, not reviewing the latest albums and slating them for not bringing anything new to the table (despite that often being the case), I’m going to review albums which I feel you should buy or at least have a quick listen. To kick off this first edition of Albums That Deserve A Listen is The Fall Of Troy’s album Doppelganger.
Released in 2005, Doppelganger is the second full length album from The Fall Of Troy and features songs from their Ghostship EP which have been re-recorded. The album though has not just been thrown together using scraps of previous material, it’s a true experimental rock classic. Kicking off with I Just Got This Symphony Goin’ you’re instantly thrown into a sea of intracate guitar work that Steve Vai would be proud of. The vocal work is constantly on the move, alternating between some truly aggressive screaming to rather majestic singing. Known for their crushing breakdowns this album does not disappoint, The Fall Of Troy have obviously put much time and effort into this album and it shows in each song. The song F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. is my personal favourite, being a re-recorded version of their debut album’s F.C.P.S.I.T.S.G.E.P.G.E.P.G.E.P. Again the guitaring is almost perfect and the singing is truly something else, the blending of a true sing along chorus with some brutalised screaming is a definate treat for the ears.
Another example of how The Fall Of Troy can mix screams with singing is made with You Got A Death Wish, Johnny Truant? which is a great way to spend 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Fast paced and tighter than an Italian waiter’s trousers. The album does feature some truly great heavy tracks, screaming and destructive drumming blasting your brain like an atomic bomb. Examples of this fall under Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles and Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man’s Bones. Yes, these are the actual song titles from the album. Doppelganger ends on an 8 minute track entitled Macaulay McCulkin, and it’s just a fantastic song. Encapsulating all the best elements of the previous 10 tracks and compacting them into this collection of exactly what The Fall Of Troy are.
The album is perfect for anyone interested in experimental rock, progressive rock, metal and even punk. It has something for everyone and yet it’s also original in sounding like nothing else before it. Before buying Doppelganger listen to; F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X, The Holy Tape and Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man’s Bones. Hopefully you’ll agree the album is at least worth a listen.