October 15, 2009

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The Fall of Troy, In the Unlikely Event
Equal Vision Records, Oct. 6

A hard one to describe without leaving younger old-school-hard-rock-leaning readers convinced it’s one of those unlistenable blurs of thrashy discombobulation, an injustice unbefitting a band so deserving of busting through as a bona-fide big-arena act made for Generation iPhone and nobody else. A lot of emo hard-coded into this Washington-state three-piece, albeit more in the throwback, pre-boy-band vein of Unwound and that sort, but calc-metal is equally omnipresent — singer/guitarist Thomas Erak is both yin and yang in a generational sense, singing like an Ozzy-trained Taking Back Sunday fan while playing an axe that wants to make up for every solo that went missing over the last 10 years from the albums of everyone from Good Charlotte to Papa Roach. Another way to put it would be the shotgun marriage of Thursday and Dillinger Escape Plan, but that’s sill an oversimplification, so how about: the next Ted Nugent (someone has to say it)? AE.W.S.