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The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy
Lujo Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
So you're back from school and you have that crappy homework to finish before dinner. You're too fucking tired after a gym class that had you running like an animal twenty times around the school. Besides, demography and migration are not your primal concerns when your stomach walls yearn for a well-cooked, fresh meal after all the junk food you swallowed in the cafeteria. For a hallucinatory instant, you fantasize about eating your homework and expelling it in your teacher's desk tomorrow. But reality is by far harder than your adolescent imagination, and you're a pussy anyway, remember?

You consider putting that disc you borrowed in your stereo and leaning back in your comfortable armchair. When you first pop in the CD, you realize that The Fall of Troy's self-titled debut will prevent you from gluing your eyelids together, just when the sun starts going down the hill. "Rockstar Nailbomb!" erupts from the speakers and hits you like a thunder. Your mom yells at you and asks to turn the volume down. She's cooking your dinner, for Christ's sake. What harm would it do if she listened to some good music?

Hey, wait a minute, will ya? What have you just said? "Good music"? But the record has just started. How could you possibly judge a record for its mere first seconds? What a sucker that college radio program has turned you into! You're a fucking jock, remember? Doesn't that photograph above your bed ring a bell, by any means? You have that cheerleader-darling tag written all over your bedroom. And hardcore never meant a thing to you. Like you always say, it's just a bunch of idiots screaming around and spitting their lungs to the microphone.

Sure you've never come across Minor Threat, Fugazi or even Bad Religion, but you're a narrow-minded kind of guy. One would argue why the hell you've become a school disc jockey in the first place. You only play safe music, a handful of hits that wouldn't make your parents feel ashamed about you. But then comes "Spartacus," and you immediately fall in love with that bass line and that drum paraphernalia. Well, maybe that cute schoolgirl that wears chains on her trousers would relate to that one. Take heed.

While the record continues to amaze your virgin ears, you turn on the computer and start looking for some info about these guys on the internet. Haling from a little city called Mukilteo, in the north end of Everett, Washington, The Fall of Troy are not in their twenties yet. Only together for a year or so when they released this record, you learn that they did it all in one take. Now you recall that Locust record your friend showed to you last year. Remember how you despised that? Go on.

"Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles" is a blazing number that makes you think of the literature class you had this morning. This could well be your brave new world that Aldous Huxley envisaged. Those vicious guitar lines and the ever-poignant, angst-ridden lyrics - they've got to have something to say to you, well, scream to you. And what about those tempos changing on a dime, those guitars gushing down the sonic assault - isn't it what they call emo? OK, maybe with time you'll figure it out, you'll see.

Somewhere you read that "The Last March of the Ents" was inspired by The Lord of the Rings. You smile. Isn't that the film kept inside your DVD player from last night? Spastic and furious, the final track, "What Sound Does a Mastadon Make?", gives you the chills. The question remains unanswered but you have pursued your path to light. Now go search for the Dillinger Escape Plan and give me a call.

Recorded in Seattle in the Hall of Justice studios (owned by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla), The Fall of Troy is a "veni vidi vinci" statement from the band. But seriously, if you don't fancy a Chavez and Blood Brothers wedding, and don't tolerate dementia and paroxysmal noise, you'd better sharpen your crayon and finish your school assignment because dinner's served.

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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