Sound — 9
This album, though great, is different from The Fall of Troy's other albums. More chords are used in songs and the instruments are less technical than other Fall of Troy albums. This really shows off Thomas Erak's singing skills. Sadly, he used a couple of tracks to show off his singing skills alone and not his godly fingers upon a guitar neck, namely Caught Up (track 10). This song is not a Fall of Troy song, but is instead a Thomas Erak solo track. His voice is great, but isn't good without Tim and Andrew. That track threw off the album somewhat, but that was really one of the only tracks that really bothered me. In terms of how it was different than the other albums, it was heavier. There were more "chugs" and heavy breakdowns that sounds like As I Lay Dying. One of my favorite parts of the album is track 11, A Man A Plan a Canal Panama. About 2:30 in, a familiar breakdown came in. Anybody who saw them with their tour with Tera Melos and Portugal the Man will notice that this is what they played at the very beginning of the tour. This is one of my favorite breakdowns ever. I broke a ceiling fan in joy (and hardcore dancing). This part combines the complexity of The Fall of Troy and the hardcore breakdowns that sometimes get a little bland. The album features breakdowns throughout that, though fall short of the one I speak of, still sound great. So to summerize, it sounds heavier and is more of really really good hardcore music and less of progression metal.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are somewhat hard to understand at first, but after whipping out the unusual inner slip from the jewel case and reading the lyrics, they are still hard to understand. They are complex. Rush complex. Some of it sounds like it is about sex, while other lyrics are just f**ked up. I can just say that The Fall of Troy did a great job messing with my mind just like they did with other albums. Thomas Erak's voice has changed a lot. He sings way more in this album, not to mention has a solo track (which I've disregarded for this review, since I hate it). In the song Shhh! If you're quiet, I'll show you a dinosaur, he does this strange singing screaming thing that ends up sounding really cool. I can't remember where I heard this, but he said he was working on his singing a lot for this album and it really shows. His voice for this album really expanded the genres that The Fall of Troy explore. I'm not even sure about their genre now.
Overall Impression — 10
If there is an emotion, this album will fill you with it. Songs like A Man A Plan a Canal Panama and Ex-Creations will fill you with rage, but a good rage. It will energize you. If you want to feel mopey and sad, listen to Caught Up. Seattlantis and Shhh! If you're quiet, I'll show you a dinosaur are almost relaxing, but intensify. Those tracks are good for new listeners of The Fall of Troy. They ease you into the music. Seattlantis was a great track. I've heard the live version they put on their Myspace profile and was afraid that the album version would suck. I was wrong. The album version captures a mood I never thought The Fall of Troy could capture: relaxation. The song Oh! The Casino?! is great because it has punk rock and some math metal in it. It is not overly complex, and yet has an irregular beat at first. It transforms into what sounds like good Green Day. Overall, this album is not a dissapointment to me, a great Fall of Troy fan, and is great for Fall of Troy veterans or those who just heard about the band. Buy this album and make sure not to break your ceiling fans like I did.