Fall Of Troy's Thomas Erak: 'I Can't Honestly Say I'm A Guitar Player'

Thomas Erak talked with UG writer Amy Kelly recently to shed a little light on how the drummer-turned-guitarist pieces together his eclectic songs.

Fall Of Troy's Thomas Erak: 'I Can't Honestly Say I'm A Guitar Player'
0
Thomas Erak is humble when it comes to his role as guitarist in the band Fall Of Troy. His ability to play highly complex riffs and sing lead vocals at the same time is something you don't necessarily get in every band, but Erak still wants to make very clear that he is no guitarist. Sure he's been playing for 8 years and could probably play circles around many of his peers - he'll hear none of it. According to Erak, that's merely a byproduct of his days as a drummer. Whatever the reason behind his guitar prowess, Erak and his band Fall Of Troy are rapidly getting noticed for their unusual take on progressive rock. The band's latest record Manipulator takes prog rock to the extreme, throwing in multiple tempos, vocal styles, and seemingly unrelated riffs all in the course of one song. Erak talked with UG writer Amy Kelly recently to shed a little light on how the drummer-turned-guitarist pieces together his eclectic songs. UG: Your music heavily revolves around your ability to play intricate riffs while you're also singing or screaming. Has your musical background lent itself to taking on a demanding role like that? Thomas: I think it came from drumming. I've been playing guitar for 7 or 8 years now, and I've been playing drums for like 21 years. I mean, I've been playing bass longer than I've been playing guitar. So it's sort of my last instrument. I think it comes from a background of jazz drumming and stuff like that. As far as songwriting goes with my actual guitar playing, it would be stuff my dad turned me onto when I was young like Hendrix or Zeppelin or The Beatles - or even Nirvana, old Green Day, Weezer. Did you look up to any guitarists growing up? I'd say Hendrix. A lot of your songs are almost set up like a jazz song format, with multiple changes in the tempo. Do you think your songwriting style was influenced a lot by jazz bands? I think it's a combination of 3 things, those being jazz, punk rock, and metal. Those 3 are quite often very fast forms of music, but also are known for the ability to be heavy. And heavy is slow, right? When people refer to something being heavy, it's slow. So to utilize the ability to go from being punk and fast and being able to break it down and still to kind of use that metal side where you slow it down, it becomes effective. I think we like to utilize that. With jazz, how that ties into those 2, it often speeds up and slows down. The transitions are put together a lot like jazz. The transitions happen from lack of transitions. Parts fit into each other perfectly, and that's kind of what jazz. There's never really an exact thing to play in jazz. There's a lot of improv going on and we do that kind of stuff, too, a lot live. Are most of your songs written from improvisational sessions? Sometimes. The way it really works is I'll write songs. Sometimes I'll write a full song. Andrew will write a song or Tim will have some stuff. Then we'll kind of take it in and we'll jam out, only we'll have certain parts. At shows we'll kind of improv live, and we'll play those parts and they'll evolve. Last night we were jamming and improving on stage, and this part came. Say that tonight that same part ends up kind of happening or maybe in a different form with the same kind of melody, then they evolve. They become parts of songs. We write songs in a lot of different ways to make our songs different. I read that you were going for more of a pop sound on the latest record. Is that true? I think that's kind of close. We expanded a lot on pop rock on this album than we have before, and I think we listened to pop rock. That's a scary word for a lot of people in the music industry, pop rock. That points to the mainstream. Sorry, but we're not going to worry about that because we obviously are not the run-of-the-mill mainstream normal band. So we're going to do everything we can to complete ourselves musically, too. A lot of my favorite bands are pop rock. The Beatles were pop rock. But they were also one of those bands that went above and beyond genres. You listen to the last half of the record and it's a metal record. It has the heaviest shit we've ever done on it, and it has the most melodic shit we've ever done on it. It's just more extreme, I think. How did you originally come up with the idea behind the single Semi-Fiction? That song was actually a song that we wrote quite a while ago that was part of a concept record that we have almost finished that we've been writing for the past few years. It kind of just didn't fit with the rest of those songs, but it was still a rad song. So we kind of took it and completely revised it. We wrote all the lyrics and everything and made a new song out of it. It took shape over time.
"We write songs in a lot of different ways to make our songs different."
Talk a little about the track Cut Down All The Trees And Name The Streets After Them, which almost has a Rush feel to it. Yeah. When I was writing the record, that was one of the last songs I think we wrote. I kind of wanted to go back to our roots on our first record, where there was like a few songs that were 2 , 2 minutes songs. A short, fast, effective song, but with a catchy melody. We put that song together in our practice space over the course of 2 weeks along with Sledgehammer. That song was more of a difficult song to write because it has so much shit going on. Those songs kind of took shape together. They kind of have similar sounds a little bit. The song Quarter Past is the surprise of the album, almost sounding like a straightforward blues tune. That points back to our roots in classic rock with Zeppelin, Hendrix, stuff like that and the jazz stuff I was talking to you about. It kind of has the feel to it. We were kind of calming down and maybe trying to write a song that has a little more substance in other places than just being spastic and crazy. Playing a song that's actually memorable and maybe is timeless. Were you always interested in being a vocalist as much as being a drummer or guitarist? In ways, kind of. My whole dad's side of the family is a singer. My sister is a singer. It's just always been that way. I think I definitely took a big step from the first record to the second record, and definitely from the second record to the newest record. I worked really, really hard on my voice between Doppelganger and Manipulator. Did you take vocal lessons? No. My dad is an amazing singer, so I would kind of go to him and try to learn about techniques and stuff. I wouldn't call it a vocal lesson. I'd call it more of me trying to learn things, and him trying to get a way to figure it out. I'm self-taught, so I don't think he wants to take away from that. I feel like ultimately there's always going to be someone better than you. You're kind of like using their style to learn to play an instrument, when in actuality I feel like playing instrument is any way it works for you - as long as it works for you. In terms of playing complex riffs while you're singing, did that just come down to a lot of practice? I play a lot of when I'm at home and I try to improv as much as possible. That's where you'll find yourself doing things that you don't know how to do. It's when you have to. I think more importantly than anything else, it's the one thing that's really, really brought me to where I am as a musician in general because I can't honestly say I'm a guitar player! I don't know how to read music on guitar. I know how to read music with drums. I know how to read rhythm. I kind of know what a circle of fifths is. I don't really. I'm not taught like that, but I know scales. I know the shit I learned, the shit that I felt was important to know if I was going to hang out with guitar players! More than anything else, it's just playing with different kinds of musicians. I have friends that are jazz guitar players or drummers, and it doesn't matter to them if I'm in a punk band as long as I can hang. It doesn't matter to them if I know the difference between an A minor and an A minor 7th, as long as I can play it and do it. Would you consider yourself not much of a gearhead, either? No, completely the opposite. I love guitars so much because I know everything about the instrument. The amplification and all that stuff, I think it's so rad. I'm a total gear geek and shit! I'm all about my gear and stuff, but that comes from being a drummer because drummers are stoked on drums. Drummers are stoked on gear in general. I've never met a drummer that isn't into bass amps or guitar amps. I've noticed you usually play Gibson for the most part. Yes, I'm definitely a Gibson man. What is it about Gibson that suits Fall Of Troy so well? I have an SG and I have a Les Paul, and they're just art. They're beyond being just good guitars. They're like handcrafted and they're art. They feel like it, too. When you pick up a high-end Gibson, you know what you're playing. You know you're getting your money's worth and shit. It's the same thing with Orange. I just got an Orange sponsorship pretty recently, and that's the one I'm really stoked on. I'm really stoked about amplification. I'm all about playing as loud as possible all the time.
"A lot of my favorite bands are pop rock."
What are some techniques you have used in the studio? On a few of the record's songs it definitely sounds like there's delay. Yeah. I'm a big fan of delay pedals. You can create a lot of guitar effects if you have a bunch of pedals. You can do a lot of shit with a lot of pedals, but when it comes to amps I just honestly believe turning everything all the way up. If you've got a good amp, it'll make you sound good. That's kind of the test of an amp, is to rail it. Rail everything and see how it sounds. That's how you're supposed to run all the Oranges, all the old Marshalls. Now there are all these Master Volume heads and stuff, these 5150s and quadruple rectifiers. That's cool shit, too. That's not really my style. It's too much gain for me. I like the mid-gain in the amps. I like to crank the mid-gain amps. Have you always been inclined towards the mid-gain amps? I've always had that philosophy, but I didn't exactly warrant the right kinds of amps to do it always. Our first record was done with a JCM 900, which is a cool amp. It was kind of one of the later ones, so I had to dial it in more. I feel the more you've got to dial an amp in, the worse an amplifier is. Like with all the old amps, you just turn everything up and they sound like gold. That's how my Oranges are. That's what I'd suggest to anybody that's into the kinds of guitar sounds that I project. Do you experiment as much with pedals as you do with amps? I like to stick to what I learn. But yeah, I like to experiment a lot. I used to have a pitch shifter quite often, and I haven't been running that in a while. Delays and filters are cool effects as well. About a year ago you played a show in Columbus, OH, and announced, This is the last song The Fall of Troy will ever play together. What exactly happened that night? (Laughs) Honestly, it was at a time where we were just really, really sick and tired of being on the road. We had been on the road for a long time. Honestly, since that show we've probably played more shows than we played before that show. It's kind of like ancient history for us at this point, but it wasn't serious. We're young and we yell at each other sometimes! There's been talk that you are already working on a follow-up to Manipulator, tentatively titled Phantom On The Horizon. That's done up to where we want it to be done right now. When we get a little time off, then we will finish it. When the time is right, we will drop that. It will be 8 songs that will end up being kind of one piece of music. And it's going to be a story, I guess a concept record. When it comes up, we'll probably do shows where we play that record the whole way through. Then we'll probably do shows where we don't play any of it. Do you think the stage show will be a little bit more dramatic when you perform the concept record? I don't think it will be theatrical or anything like that, but we're thinking about working on some banners, some stage props maybe, and some lights to make it set the mood. The music hopefully will be the spectacle, right? Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2007

129 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    BadFishRiffs
    t0mmy9 wrote: they grow on you
    I hated this band at first and now they're my hands down favorite.
    omarrodrigez
    Lucid_Dreamer10 wrote: I think i agree with half of the people here. The screaming needs to stop. I mostly listen to the intros of most of their songs, then i have to change it because my ears start to bleed. The guitar work is original and cool, but the rest is more emo crap.... And btw, who cares if a guy knows everything about gear? if he can play, i'll listen.
    I agree, but if you read the interview it seems like he knows nothing of gear.
    SL!!!
    Horebane wrote: Come on Fall of troy! Make the new album have less screaming! God I love them when he isn't screaming an entire goddamn song. "The Dark Trail" is the perfect blend of screaming and singing, they should stick to little to no screaming!
    No way! You've got to have them both in heavy doses. I love The Fall of Troy. They're getting to big though, now i will have to pay more to see them hahaha. Oh well, at least lots of people will go and be awesome together.
    Obelisk
    Talent doesn't even mean anything. All it comes down to is intelligence and drive/passion. Someone said they listened and thought the guitar parts sounded like A7X mixed with Greenday? You for sure have not listened to more than two clips of two songs, let alone any song all the way through. Dude, listen to ****ing A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama. And to the people who are sadly confused by Thomas' statement that "I feel the more youve got to dial an amp in, the worse an amplifier is", what he means is, the less you have to search your amp for the right sound, the better. Jeeze.
    C&C Magik
    w00p wrote: Nybb : I don't see why people think guitar playing is a talent, anyone can do it. I think both of the things is cool, try to be a guitar teacher and/or teaching people how to sing, in for example high school when they don't have a basic knowledge of the 2. believe me, not anyone can do it! so don't sound so darn arrogant and to try to tell us in some sneaky way that you're "oh, so good". that's just lame. just be happy that someone got so far on their talent and hope for the best with your own Erak is brilliant, and sounds very cool about the next album. but it's kinda dull really, think it's about to get klich about that "story telling album" thingie. MCR just did that. anyway, it might be good so, gotta buy it anyway
    No way is a story telling album cheesy. Coheed has multiple concept albums, all tied together. Infact, you would call them a concept BAND. One of the coolest ideas I've heard of. Wish Coheed and these guys would come to arkansas... D: havn't heard much of FOT, but they do sound pretty good from what ived heard. I might try to go to a dallas show.
    SweetFancyMoses
    This band used to be pretty good when they were getting started out. A friend of mine used to date the bassist. They are kinda *****s but then who isint? I hope they do less of the pop rock shit. I really liked their first record.
    Lucid_Dreamer10
    I think i agree with half of the people here. The screaming needs to stop. I mostly listen to the intros of most of their songs, then i have to change it because my ears start to bleed. The guitar work is original and cool, but the rest is more emo crap.... And btw, who cares if a guy knows everything about gear? if he can play, i'll listen.
    2late2know
    orion284 wrote: MuffinMan wrote: xCoilx wrote: i dont see why people think screaming is a talent anyone can do it Anyone can play guitar, too. i can't scream worth shit
    maybe anyone can do it, but that doesnt mean anyone can do it correctly. again just like playing the guitar there are certain techniques
    RedDeath9
    The Fall of Troy is probably one of my favorite bands. And he is a good guitarist... Not amazing , but good. Also, FCPREMIX is one of the only songs he uses delay in...
    FarewellNikki
    He is a wonderful guitar player. I'm assuming you've only heard FCPREMIX if yuo say he uses lots of delay alot.
    omarrodrigez
    Nybb wrote: xCoilx : dragon77 wrote: Horebane : Come on Fall of troy! Make the new album have less screaming! God I love them when he isn't screaming an entire \goddamn song. "The Dark Trail" is the perfect blend of screaming and singing, they should stick to little to no screaming! I agree with you compleatly man. i dont see why people think screaming is a talent anyone can do it I don't see why people think guitar playing is a talent, anyone can do it. Seriously, screaming takes the confidence to get up on stage and do it as with any other musical act,it takes technique to do it right so you don't shred your throat while doing it, its hard to scream in the right way (ranging from growls to shrieks), and it takes discretion to when to scream and when to not. In response to the interview...Thomas Erak is one of my guitar idols. Sweet interview, but his lack of theory knowledge surprises me, lol.
    Saying screaming takes talent and guitar doesn't, is one of the most ignorant things I've ever heard.
    TDAJGuitarist
    omarrodrigez wrote: Hearing this guy talk about equipment and guitar really makes him sound like he isn't a guitar player. "I feel the more youve got to dial an amp in, the worse an amplifier is" That's just funny. Don't get me wrong, the band isn't bad or anything, he just doesn't sound very smart equipment-wise.
    I agree...He isnt much of a guitar player....He uses alott of delay to make it sound like he going nuts. But I will say he has came up with a style that is simply his own and I dont mind the Fall Of Troy at all...But idk...His guitar playing has never impressed me.
    BuryMeInBliss
    [quote]They're making Phantoms on the Horizon when they find time to record it, which should be soon, and they'll be making a split ep with The Number 12 Looks Like You soon as well. [quote] Firstly, I completely disgree, you have to have equal portions, if you took away the screaming parts from their songs then everything would sound the same and bland - most fans would turn away and never go near their new stuff and live in the Doppelganger era, including me. And how can people not listen to it? Even in the small quatities that appear on the albums, its not enough to 'make your ears bleed' - get accustomed to it! It sounds good! Secondly, split EP with #12 Looks Like You?? FUCKING AWESOME Long Live The Fall Of Troy (With screaming)
    Infamou$17
    Self-titled album for the win. Dude is the most overlooked guitar talent today, besides Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
    kradamek
    recliner33 wrote: ricthesic wrote: omarrodrigez wrote: Hearing this guy talk about equipment and guitar really makes him sound like he isn't a guitar player. "I feel the more youve got to dial an amp in, the worse an amplifier is" That's just funny. Don't get me wrong, the band isn't bad or anything, he just doesn't sound very smart equipment-wise. its like hearing one of your friends who just started learning talking about gear and shit lol Maybe he doesn't know anything about his gear because he is too busy playing it then talking about it. I'm the same way, I don't know jack shit about guitar gear, but I still play all the time. I just hate it when all these kids talk about their gear and how awesome it is and then they try to play and they suck. I know not everyone is like that, but there's quite a few.
    well said.
    derekrck
    nature vs. nurture????? nature obviously wins, this guy has so much talent and so do the other members. love em!!
    orion284
    MuffinMan wrote: xCoilx wrote: i dont see why people think screaming is a talent anyone can do it Anyone can play guitar, too.
    i can't scream worth shit
    Guitar_Poet
    i have to say ill give this guy respect for being able to sing over the stuff he plays.... but otherwise.... im not a big fan of the music. there are some cool riffs every now and then, but for the most part, it sounds like a bunch of pop-punk-like riffs pieced together, and played faster... at least thats what the verses/choruses sound like.... im also not at all a fan of the screaming-type vocals, or that pop-punk/boy-bandish type of singing... which probably help me like the band any more. its like alien ant farm meets a7x meets greenday... with something else thrown in. overall, pretty decent guitarist, but IMO, the band isnt that special. i might actually like them without the vocals...
    comehonorface
    1000cleverlines wrote: love this band. great interview amy! i am seeing them nov 2nd with coheed!
    oh i wish !!! i love coheed. and these guys would just bring for an even more amazing show!~
    roostercogburnz
    This interview is like deja-vu from when I talked to him at a show.. I snuck into the show before it started (iknow>.>) and got to watch tfot jaming and stuff, and YES he is an guitarist, no doubt about it. He's just modest imo. Just b/c he doesnt put lolsweeppicking or any other of that crap in their music doesnt mean he cant do it =p Anyone that says they dont like FoT, (seem) to be narrowminded and prolly like the same o' boring repeative copycat bands out there. amirite?
    NorCalLos
    I read this article along with all the comment and thought, "I better go check this band out!" Boy, was I disappointed. This dude can't sing for crap and the guitar work is mostly average at best. There were a few cool licks here and there, but overall the music stinks.
    AdemaOnYourHead
    When I first heard of TFoT I expected to hate them, but they are pretty damn good. Just less screaming, please? When you're screaming a whole song, it's just irritating. A little is fine.
    w00p
    Nybb : I don't see why people think guitar playing is a talent, anyone can do it.
    I think both of the things is cool, try to be a guitar teacher and/or teaching people how to sing, in for example high school when they don't have a basic knowledge of the 2. believe me, not anyone can do it! so don't sound so darn arrogant and to try to tell us in some sneaky way that you're "oh, so good". that's just lame. just be happy that someone got so far on their talent and hope for the best with your own Erak is brilliant, and sounds very cool about the next album. but it's kinda dull really, think it's about to get klich about that "story telling album" thingie. MCR just did that. anyway, it might be good so, gotta buy it anyway
    Nybb
    xCoilx : dragon77 wrote: Horebane : Come on Fall of troy! Make the new album have less screaming! God I love them when he isn't screaming an entire \goddamn song. "The Dark Trail" is the perfect blend of screaming and singing, they should stick to little to no screaming! I agree with you compleatly man. i dont see why people think screaming is a talent anyone can do it
    I don't see why people think guitar playing is a talent, anyone can do it. Seriously, screaming takes the confidence to get up on stage and do it as with any other musical act,it takes technique to do it right so you don't shred your throat while doing it, its hard to scream in the right way (ranging from growls to shrieks), and it takes discretion to when to scream and when to not. In response to the interview...Thomas Erak is one of my guitar idols. Sweet interview, but his lack of theory knowledge surprises me, lol.
    omarrodrigez
    NorCalLos wrote: I read this article along with all the comment and thought, "I better go check this band out!" Boy, was I disappointed. This dude can't sing for crap and the guitar work is mostly average at best. There were a few cool licks here and there, but overall the music stinks.
    I agree man. I don't think they're terrible or anything but calling him brilliant? that's a bit of a stretch.
    MissingAChance
    BuryMeInBliss wrote: [quote]They're making Phantoms on the Horizon when they find time to record it, which should be soon, and they'll be making a split ep with The Number 12 Looks Like You soon as well. [quote] Firstly, I completely disgree, you have to have equal portions, if you took away the screaming parts from their songs then everything would sound the same and bland - most fans would turn away and never go near their new stuff and live in the Doppelganger era, including me. And how can people not listen to it? Even in the small quatities that appear on the albums, its not enough to 'make your ears bleed' - get accustomed to it! It sounds good! Secondly, split EP with #12 Looks Like You?? FUCKING AWESOME Long Live The Fall Of Troy (With screaming)
    I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!
    blaqk_fiend
    dude his screaming is ****in insane as shit especially on ****ing their debut. damn
    blaqk_fiend
    i thnk his singing is the best ive heard ever like ****in period its insane as shit
    cmbx16
    Also, I think they should find a singer so they could do so much more with their music. Tom erak isnt that great of a singer at all. I doubt theyd have someone else sing though because I truly do believe thomas erak needs to be the center of attention, more reasons leaving me to believe thomas erak is way far from being humble, hes just clever with his image.
    cmbx16
    NorCalLos wrote: I read this article along with all the comment and thought, "I better go check this band out!" Boy, was I disappointed. This dude can't sing for crap and the guitar work is mostly average at best. There were a few cool licks here and there, but overall the music stinks.
    Sorry but you're actually an idiot. Alternative Press magazine wouldnt have named him guitarist of the year for 2007 if that were true. Right now they are one of the most creative and unique bands out there. You know why you dont like them? Its because they are an acquired taste, as is screaming in music in general. Not a lot of people on this planet truly have good taste in music, hence why the 90's was run by boy bands like fukn nysnc and backstreet boys bullcrap. Even though they are one of my favorite bands right now I feel that Thomas Erak does have quite a bit ego and I think he tries to come off humble when hes actually very egotistical. Have you seen their videos on youtube or seen them play live? He runs in the center of the stage and hogs it up. Seriously youll watch the bassist in the back corner of the stage playing next to drums while thomas "pretends" to be humble making hand gestures to the crowd when hes about to shred. Im not saying hes not entitled to do that because hes amazing and he does what he does, but im saying hes very far from what I'd consider humble. To top it off personally I think If I was doing an interview in his shoes in this situation with a big time website like ug Id have my whole band be there. I mean seriously its only a 3 piece band its not like 2 more people at an interview is a crowd, they all write they all play, they should all share equal spotlight.
    roostercogburnz
    erm.. Yea RedDeath9, that falls under sweeping... But when I think of sweep's.. I think of bands that "spam" the shit out of em.. Like Human Abstract lol. I think you get what I'm saying XD
    malthusiandrill
    I takes alot to do the screaming. Some bands however, just belt out shit. And some just don't sound good doing it.
    blaqk_fiend
    AND, AND his guitar is incredible! to all those shit****s out there who say his guitar playing is "mediocre" screw you i mean jesus listen to i just got this symphony going and try to figure that shit out . you cant . so go crawl back up ur moms ass
    gabestigmatic
    Horebane wrote: Come on Fall of troy! Make the new album have less screaming! God I love them when he isn't screaming an entire goddamn song. "The Dark Trail" is the perfect blend of screaming and singing, they should stick to little to no screaming!
    Fucking lame, they were much better when they screamed more.
    BErandonMC
    I know this is old as crap, but i just listened to all of their albums, and feel the need to comment. Erak, for having little theory knowledge is a FUCKING GENIUS when it comes to all his chord progressions, its absolutely nuts. i barely believe he doesnt know a lot, because all of his progressions are so intricate and well placed (which i assume you will only appreciate if you appreciate their style.) al the riffs he adds in anywhere and eveywhere come from increidble strucure he probably doesnt even understand, he just seems to know. Not to mention you can tell he's a genius just by his lyrics. The Dark Trial is probably the best song ever in my opinion, and if you ever were addicted to oxytocin you would understand.
    riveascor
    dougiecrystals wrote: Thomas Erak? Humble? Funny. The longer I've known this band, the worse they've gotten. Don't get me wrong, they're a great band, their self-titled being one of the best albums ever, but... I don't like the direction that they're taking their music with (judging from the last album). Nor do I appreciate Thomas' growing ego.
    I'm glad to see someone else agrees with me
    sottpwn
    omarrodrigez wrote: binjajer wrote: Ehh... Where have all the good old musicians gone? You don't hear, say, Knopfler saying "I know a lot about gear and shit. Yeah, and shit too. Oh, and you know what? My guitar has six stings and shit! And is has those cool thingies with coils and shit! That's just awesome, innit, right, shit?" ehh, kids these days... I totally agree, whenever her said "You can create a lot of guitar effects if you have a bunch of pedals. You can do a lot of shit with a lot of pedals, but when it comes to amps I just honestly believe turning everything all the way up." I just thought "wow, this guy sound like he's been playing for 2 weeks".
    Funny though, because he's a better player than everyone on this website. It's even more impressive that he doesn't know much, yet he can pull of the most insane guitar work live. You people cannot criticise him until you've seen him live.
    Griffo01
    Who cares whether he is humble or egotistical? He plays great music and isn't horrible to other people or fans (like a lot of egotistical bands are) He seems a nice guy from everything i have seen
    Jakk_Nikk
    TDAJGuitarist wrote: omarrodrigez wrote: Hearing this guy talk about equipment and guitar really makes him sound like he isn't a guitar player. "I feel the more youve got to dial an amp in, the worse an amplifier is" That's just funny. Don't get me wrong, the band isn't bad or anything, he just doesn't sound very smart equipment-wise. I agree...He isnt much of a guitar player....He uses alott of delay to make it sound like he going nuts. But I will say he has came up with a style that is simply his own and I dont mind the Fall Of Troy at all...But idk...His guitar playing has never impressed me.
    He only uses delay on FCPREMIX, but all the weird sounds he makes on the albums are done with his Boss Delay pedals coz i have the same ones.
    Headbanger_1
    xCoilx wrote: dragon77 wrote: Horebane : Come on Fall of troy! Make the new album have less screaming! God I love them when he isn't screaming an entire \goddamn song. "The Dark Trail" is the perfect blend of screaming and singing, they should stick to little to no screaming! I agree with you compleatly man. i dont see why people think screaming is a talent anyone can do it
    you should prove that. it takes a lot to do it the right way. and everyone sounds different doing it.