It saddens me to hear that the Fall of Troy has decided to call it quits. Although the latter half of the trio’s career didn’t produce any really good albums (with the exception of the final version of the Ghostship demos, Phantom on the Horizon), the band had released what for me were some hardcore classics when I was a young lad back in high school. Their self-titled debut introduced me to the spastic, calculated side of hardcore music, showing me that even loud, catastrophic music can be reined in using unconventional song structures and intricate, original guitarwork. Doppelganger did the same thing, although under the guise of better production. From then on out things began to go downhill; Manipulator and In the Unlikely Event just didn’t impress me the way their earlier work did. However, the band still killed it with their live shows. My only complaint is that they never played my favorite song of theirs, “What Sound Does a Mastodon Make?”, when I saw them. That song’s the reason I got into them and perhaps a significant influence on what I listen to today. It feels good to post this kind of music again, but sadly it must be at the expense of the band’s demise. RIP guys.