Sound — 10
Manipulator pretty much continues from where Doppelganger left off. Intro track, 'Cut Down All The Trees And Name The Streets After Them' throws you straight into the atmosphere that all veteran Fall Of Troy fans should be familiar with by now. Whilst Thomas Erak's vocals remain near enough the same as previous album 'Doppelganger', it is evident that he has pulled out all the stops once again; stretching his vocals to make them as versatile as possible. One song which lets Thomas' vocals really shine for me would be 'Problem!?', where he goes from low screams to high pitched rock vocals, to melodic singing. The guitars in Manipulator are just as fast and complex as they are in 'Doppelganger'. The riffs and technicalities will simply blow you away. From tapping to some very fast paced alternate picking, Thomas displays his advanced guitar skills on nearly all of the songs on the album. Guitar playing-wise, Thomas Erak is clearly in top form. Hear it to believe it. Personally, I think the music is a very similar style to what 'Doppelganger' had to offer, which is a very good thing.
Lyrics — 9
There is a wide range of lyrics on Manipulator. I guess if you really wanted to know about them you should read the lyrics and make your own interpretations of them yourself. Lyrics are a very personal thing: some people like cliche love song lyrics whereas others may prefer the more cryptic ones. This album holds a mixture of both which impresses me as I don't feel like I'm singing the same words over and over again to each song. Most lyrics on this album are pretty self-explanitory, too.
Overall Impression — 10
Manipulator offers much more than previous albums and really lets each of the band members shine in what they do. Nearly all songs will get caught up somewhere in your head and will have you playing them for months to come. Versatility is very noticeable on this album, including the very 'in your face' 'Ex-Creations' to a much more mellow, blues sounding 'Caught Up'. The greatest thing about this album is how each song has at least one part in it which you will remember and associate the song with. Down sides? Well the album definately leaves you wanting more. If you are a die hard fan or simply new to The Fall Of Troy, I recommend buying this album for a whole new experience, you wouldn't have heard many bands like The Fall Of Troy and this album shows them at their best.