By The Fall of Troy
It's not often that a band attempts to make a more 'mature' record when the average age of its members is only twenty-four, but The Fall of Troy have never been ones for standing still.
The Washington mathcore outfit's latest effort, 'In The Unlikely Event' still features all of the aspects of their 'Doppelganger' album which gained them such a huge following back in 2005. But it draws much more from 2007's 'Manipulator,' which drove many of those fans away.
Now on their fourth full-length, the band have taken an even more experimental approach with much of the screamed vocals and hardcore breakdowns replaced with jangly ballads and slow-paced verses.
Sure, there's still the odd hardcore moment - 'Straight-Jacket Keelhauled' could be the heaviest track they've ever laid down, and lead single 'Panic Attack!' is a speed-fuelled math-rock masterpiece to rival their best efforts - but these songs feel like they could be there only to lull the old The Fall of Troy fans into a false sense of security.
As the record progresses the songs get mellower, catchier, and dare I say it, 'poppier.' While there are still the odd brutal assaults scattered throughout - Protest The Hero singer Rody Walker pops up to lend his voice to the riotous 'Dirty Pillow Talk' - the focus lands squarely with the album's sing-along moments.
'Single' (surely the album's next single?) and the epic 'Webs' could easily be lifted straight from a Coheed & Cambria record, with their huge choruses featuring frontman Thomas Erak's almost falsetto vocals, and this is where 'In The Unlikely Event' really comes to life .
All of this is surprising considering it is a Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Deftones) produced record, but the band certainly seem to have a clear idea of where they are going with their sound.
It may not be the album that some of the older fans were hoping for, but you can be assured that when The Fall of Troy visit the Cockpit in November there will be many new fans in attendance.