The Fall Of Troy is a longstanding post-hardcore trio from Mukilteo, Washington. The group has it’s ups and downs since their formation in 2002, but the trio always delivered top-notch recordings to the broader auditorium. So far, they published records such as a debut self-titled full-length album, Doppelgänger, Ghostship Demos EP, Manipulator, Phantom On The Horizon EP and In The Unlikely Event. Then the band went on an indefinite hiatus for a couple of years, and right after the reunion released a solid full-length album called OK. Four years later, The Fall Of Troy surprised its admirers with another marvelous work entitled Mukiltearth. Judging by the working title, it seems they’re using their hometown as the primary theme for the complete album.
For those who are experiencing this remarkable band for the first time, The Fall Of Troy is one of those groups you entirely admire, or you jealously hate. If you’re solely into post-hardcore sound saturated with mindblowing musicianship, like me, then this album is the right choice for you. If you’re profoundly into the simplistic notes, performed through rudimentary chord structures, then you should avoid this one. Mukiltearth is one of those records you must digest with an open heart and clear thoughts to comprehend. One thing is unquestionable, a brand new recording by these experienced musicians will leave you speechless if you determine to give it a chance.
This time, The Fall Of Troy decided to merge elements of post-hardcore, math-core, emo, screamo, and indie into a delightful collection of cleverly arranged numbers. It’s an already proven formula, tested by the trio for countless times, but the group accentuates all these elements on Mukiltearth like never before. Guitars are bursting compelling sonic clusters through arpeggiated themes, various polyphonic equations, complex guitar shreds, and other appealing orchestrations. Basslines are catching up with these marvelous thematics with such ease, so their musicianship appears even more technically demanding. Exceptional drumming performance holds everything in one place like glue and liberates generous servings of relentless dynamics.
Thoughtfully structured dualities between crispy clear lead vocals and more aggressive screaming chants are giving so much accent to already well-balanced instrumentations. The Fall Of Troy remains calm throughout the complex mathcore verses, but all of a sudden transforms into the maniacal polyphonic machinery with such ease. The group carries gracious dosages of melancholy and nostalgia along the way but becomes fierce when needed. Each composition possesses something unique that outshines the previous numbers, but the complete record carries excellent arrangements that sometimes go beyond comprehension.
Mukiltearth comes on a limited cream/clear variant and standard black vinyl. The cream/clear version is already gone, but you still have some time to grasp a copy of a standard black vinyl for yourself. Head over to Big Scary Monster Bandcamp page and grab it while it lasts.