Sound — 10
If you're a hardcore fan who has been long searching for that band that is still hard, but actually kind of sounds like At The Drive-In, instead of just listing them as an influence, The Fall Of Troy is perfection. In fact, that is exactly how I reacted to Doppelganger the first time I heard it. There is everything: shredding guitars, beautiful melodies, blisteringly speedy runs, jazz drums, and enough screaming to satisfy the harder crowd. Just don't expect straight edge chants. It's like a mix of Botch, The Blood Brothers, and At The Drive-In.
Lyrics — 10
I cannot believe that this guy sings and plays those insane guitar parts at the same time. But it's true. On earlier recordings, FOT's singer sounded a bit like Cedric(of the Mars Volta) in his At The Drive-In years. On Doppelganger, the vocals are a little more polished (whether that's a good thing or not is for you to decide). This reflected positively with me, as I was impressed on how he could include melodic vocals without hitting the listener over the head with cheesy choruses. And for those hardcore fans, the screaming is adequate, if a little bit high-pitched (think Jordan of the blood brothers). Lyrically it's just creepy.
Overall Impression — 10
Honestly, this is one of my favorite CDs this year. For the Mars Volta fanatic who's guilty pleasure is hardcore (or vice-versa, although I don't know why anyone would call mars volta a "guilty" pleasure). Exhilarating stuff. Just don't get it if you don't like it when guitar players like to show off(cause theres plenty of that).