Quite simply, Doppelganger is one of the best math-rock/post hardcore albums ever. It is an energetic, life-loving but violent compendium of smoking, lightning fast tunes which kick you in the groin and run away cackling and waving their arms in the air.
Fall of Troy are clearly very musically competent, able to pull off schizophrenic time changes, face melting guitar breaks and gut wrenching hardcore breakdowns with flair and originality. You may have heard the infectiously dancable "FCPREMIX" on Guitar Hero - radio friendly but still a brilliantly structured and very catchy song.
Fall of Troy really get down to buisness however, when it comes to tracks like "You got a death wish, Johnny truant?" (a quote from house of leaves, a book I highly recommend). Frontman Thomas Erak's throat ripping screeches and soaring, nasal vocals drive the song forward from a fantastic intro to a frantic, triplet laced climax. Some of the best moments on this album are when the pace shifts from frantic, complex time changes to almost groovy, regular time with catchy melodies and wicked guitar licks.
"Laces out Dan" is up there amongst the best in this album, with a guitar riff which conjures up images of blazing buildings and a breakdown which makes your fists clench and your soul long for breakable items. However the true diamond in this cavernous album of gems is the interestingly titled "Whacko Jacko steals the Elephant Man's bones"......
..... wow. basically, this song is the purest, most beautiful and awe inspiring musical form of violence I have ever heard. As it develops it yearns, searches, reaches out into the unknown, doubtlessly for things to smash with its terrifying arsenal of sizzling, slamming guitar work, diaphragm breaking bellows and sky rending harmonies. The song is structured like a military battle plan, luring you into traps of sound and nuking you with intricate guitar solos, thundering breakdowns and with a final blow that disembowells you with a blunt spoon as Erak screams "LOAD! CLICK! SHOOT!" A 5 minute musical experienc akin to going over the top in WW1.
The only downside to this album is if, like me, you are not a massive fan of post-hardcore then it cannot be listened to for too long... I find after listening to Doppleganger I have to put on some mozart and lie in a bath of ice for a few hours. Also some tracks are skippable, such as "Act One, Scene One" and "We better learn how to hotwire a uterus" - simply weak in comparison to other songs on this album.
Overall however the Fall of Troy are well on the right track after their shaky debut, these songs have become some of my favorite in my post-hardcore collection. Make sure you turn the volume up nice and loud and wear riot gear.
Best Moment: "Whacko Jacko..." - 04:00 till end