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Artist: The Fall of Troy 
Label: Lujo Records
Length: 11/42:16

With titles like “Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man’s Bones,” “What Sound Does a Mastodon Make?,” and “Rockstar Nailbomb!,” one might dismiss The Fall of Troy out of hand as a joke, a “Weird Al” of punk rock, if you will.

This is not the case at all.  With blistering, frantic guitar work from Thomas (band members are billed by first name only), and vocals that range from mumble to scream (Thomas and Tim), and a steady backdrop on drums provided by Andrew, The Fall of Troy is surprisingly good, but extremely difficult to classify.

A lot of this CD is old style punk, ranging from Ramones’ style short songs to more fleshed out MC5 or Pixies tunes.  “F.C.P.S.I.T.S.G.E.P.G.E.P.G.E.P.” is a frenetic piece that features  Red Hot Chili Peppers/Faith No More guitar work.  “Reassurance Rests in the Sun” is the nadir, the weakest of any the tracks vocally, but features an almost-Doors like
keyboard interlude in the middle.

The Fall of Troy remains true to the punk ethic, running through a gamut of emotions, claiming never to have taken music lessons, and further claiming that most of their songs were seldom practiced before recording this disc.  Frenetic, angry, loud, yet somehow compelling, The Fall of Troy will make you sit up and take notice.

Brian A. Smith  3/7/2004

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