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Manipulator [CD]

The Fall of Troy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Equal Vision
  • ASIN: B000OCY68Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Cut Down All The Trees And Name The Streets After Them 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Dark Trail 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quarter Past 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Problem!? 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Semi-Fiction 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oh! The Casino! 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sledgehammer 6:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Seattlanis 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ex-Creations 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Shhh!!! If You're Quiet, I'll Show You A Dinosaur 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Caught Up 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama. 8:200.99  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly different direction 20 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I could spend a long time comparing this album with Doppelganger but I will try and summarise - it is... different. To my personal taste I am disappointed to see that the band are moving towards a more poppy, mainstream sound, but when the band do move back towards their post-hardcore roots - it delivers on maybe even a higher level than Doppelganger, and certainly has a cleaner production.

When I put Manipulator in my cd player and listened to the first track, my first impression was "oh dear." Where were the blistering guitars pounding beats and violent screams? "Cut down all the trees and name streets after them" starts weakly but to my joy as it moved towards a climax I heard the Fall of Troy I love. As Erak bellows "THIS IS WHERE WE STAND!!" I started to get the impulse to puch things.

The album is impressive, I really like new features Fall of Troy have incorporated into their sound - stop starts, drum fills, and falsetto axel rose-esque squeals amongst other vocal techniques Erak continues to explore.

As I thought to myself "Fall of Troy should stick to harder, metally stuff" I was hit with "Quarter Past". I have to say this is one of my favorites. Eraks voice isnt really suited to really melodic, tuneful stuff (being slightly nasal and a tendency to annoy) but Quarter past is incredibly satisfying and delivers on an entirely different level than I have seen before in Fall of Troy's work.

The brief "Problem" saw my hunger for violence soon satisfied. This song sounds like it belongs on Doppelganger, and is a perfectly structured but short experience with a brilliant selection of thundering drum and bass breaks with frantic screaming.

Then we come to track 7 - and so begins the awesome foursome. Tracks 7,8,9 and 10 are simply brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well made 14 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
The album is very nicely polished and well made, I enjoy all the tracks on the album and I can't see an obvious filler. All songs cater for different people, you have the classic screamo stuff, mixed with very much popper tracks but still maintaining the metal-like riffs and the distorted guitar. The Vocals are much improved but some people might prefer his earlier singing styles seen in the previous album doppleganger. But it is true you need decent speakers to really enjoy it more.

Better than doppleganger? In many ways yes, depends how into their heavier stuff you are. You really cant help but think they are trying to enter the mtv mass market world, and some people might not like that aspect. But buy it, it certainly is varied and provides for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 8 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
The better your speakers are the better this album sounds simply because you need the good sound quality to really see all the complexities in this album. Each song is wonderful, you can see that they have drawn influences from far and wide and it shows. In parts it sounds prog-rocky, some parts metal, some parts more poppy, really varying from song to song. Even Thomas Erak's solo piece 'Caught Up' works on the album although it may not be to everyone's taste. If you like music, buy this album, but make sure to approach it with an open mind.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where can I find more stars?! 12 Jun 2007
By MJ Caboose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When something heard for the first time can give me goose bumps that says a mouthful. Manipulator is such an audible delight that I'd feel guilty for listening if it wasn't just so "giving me the happiness". As a product of a generation suffering from ADHD I love movement in my music and, as a result, "Quarter Past" has become the reason for my being. I'm proud to own this album - the smile would not dissipate the first time I played it - and would hope that as many people as possible experience what is not only an amazing audible opus but a marvel of creativity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manipulator Could Not Be Any Better 18 May 2007
By John Drummond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mukilteo, Washington's, The Fall of Troy have produced a near-perfect release in 'Manipulator'. This album literally has it all--from super high, poppy vocals (The Blood Brother's esque), to the more expected harsh screams and unusual musical arrangements of previous records, 'Manipulator' is wonderful. 'Ex-Creations' is a standout track in my mind, encompassing exceptional guitar work and creative lyrics. Overall, this album is a bit more diverse than previous Fall of Troy efforts, but it is certain to please fans of the band from start to finish.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Troy Manipulate your mind with "Manipulator" 3 May 2007
By Justin S. Reinders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When i first heard of Fall of Troy is was right before Doppleganger came out. I heard the demo versions of "Tom Waits" and "Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man's Bones", and i was blown away. The vocals weren't the best but i saw past that. I saw their potential. Crazy guitars, and time shifts that blew you away, they were all there. Then I heard the full CD and still felt the same way. After i also checked out their debut "Fall of Troy" i noticed a slight progression in the sound i was a bit more precise but still retained that raw edge. That was before...

...Manipulator is now! Fall of Troy continue to defy common knowledge. These dude are 21 years old and they are blowing people minds with their music. Just think how good these guys will be in 2 or 3 years. They continue to push their music forward with Manipulator. They explore their past efforts and combine it with new styles of music. You can hear a little blues, a little pop, and still keeping the post-hardcore, post-punk edge. They mix it up perfectly and combine styles to make some amazing songs. Thomas also has a solo song on here. Its a nice jazzy sort of song. He shows his potential vocally on this track and most other tracks, also. He can range from the lowest scream to the highest note. Sometimes he reaches a little too high but i won't fault him for that. You can hear some vintage Fall of Troy in here, you can hear a little Mastodon on here, you can here a dab of Blood Brothers on here, you can hear a little HORSE the band on here, and strangely enough you can here a bit of Weezer on here. The range is awesome and the blending is perfect. It's not a surprise to me that there is the Weezer influence. Thomas is a big fan of Weezer. I saw them at a show a while ago and while they were fixing some of the stuff on the stage he played "Butterfly" by Weezer. It was pretty good too. That shocked me. In a good way though. It's nice to know musicians are diverse listeners. My favorites (right now) on Manipulator are "Quarter Past", "Shhh!!! If You're Quiet, I'll Show You A Dinosaur", and "A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama.". They are all good songs though, I promise you that!

GO!NOW!LISTEN!

5 friggin' stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Troy = Manic goodness 15 Dec 2007
By Benjamin Moureau-lucadamo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Fall of Troy's third release, is right where I'd expect them to be: a little bit older, but they haven't lost the edge, and the music structure I guess represents what it's like to have ADD. I see this band, and this release as being not very accessible, perhaps because of its strange manic style. By manic I mean there are extreme moods being represented,and visceral energy. In a recent interview guitar/vox Tom Erak stated that when writing this album it was during a dark period for him, which is manifested in Manipulator. The guitar once again is awesome, the vocals alternate between clean singing, to shrieks, screams, and some growls. You could hardly call these songs boring, even if it's not as intense as their first and second (more similar to the latter). Some of the songs are even catchy, in their own strange way.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Dopellganger 5 Feb 2009
By J. Wenceslao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alot of believe this album is their weakest effort, but I believe it has their finest work ever. Some would say that they more poppy, but this cd has the heaviest stuff that the fall of troy has and probably will ever do. The best tracks imo are "The Dark Trail", "Semi-Fiction", "Sledgehammer", "Seattlantis", "Ex-Creations", and the epic closer "A man a plan a canal Panama". This cd has some of the best guitar work iv'e heard, the vocals are hit or miss, but i'll give the guy a pass because he plays so well. If you like progressive music or heavy music this is one to try out, at the very least try the tracks iv'e listed.
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