The Fall of Troy's original formation (from top down): Andrew Forsman, Thomas Erak and Tim Ward
The Fall of Troy is a progressive rock
band from Mulkiteo, Washington. It was formed by Thomas Erak on vocals and guitar, Andrew Forsman on drums and, originally, Tim Ward on bass and backing vocals (usually screams). Tim was later replaced with Frank Ene.
Originally a four-man band, including second guitarist Mike Munro, called The Thirty Years War. The band got their name name by flipping randomly through a history book. After Munro left due to personal reasons, the remaining three continued, renaming themselves to The Fall of Troy using the same method as before, after finding out there was another local band with the name The Thirty Years War.
The trio is known for their complex guitar riffs, unusual time signatures
and combination of clean singing and screams.
The band broke up in 2010, but reunited in 2013. Thomas Erak confirmed work on a new album in 2014, and also noted that the band's work from that point onward would be released freely and that shows would be booked based on fan demand. Discography As the Thirty Years War
As the Fall of Troy
- Martyrs Amongst the Casualties (2002)
- Live at the Paradox - 12/21/2002 (2002)
- ''The Fall of Troy'' (2003)
- Doppelgänger (2005)
- Manipulator (2007)
- Phantom on the Horizon (2008)
- In the Unlikely Event (2009)
The Fall of Troy provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: "Sledgehammer" off Manipulator:
"Manipulator, we jammed your radar!"
- Concept Album / Rock Opera: Phantom on the Horizon. Originally self-released as demos as "Ghostship EP." Tells the story of a ship at sea being attacked by a ghostship from another dimension.
- Darker and Edgier: Instrumentally, In the Unlikely Event took a lighter, more poppier tone; lyrically, the songs are much more dark and depressing than previous albums.
words off the first
song on the album, "Panic Attack!": "I fucking
- Manipulator was lyrically darker than Doppelgänger; as stated below, it was partly inspired by loss of friends, due to drugs. But instrumentally, much of it was lighter than Doppelgänger. It seems the band had a trend of lighter instrumentals with darker lyrics.
- Despair Event Horizon: Phantom on the Horizon ends this way on the very first track, and only gets worse from there, only stopping temporarily because of divine intervention.
As the ship is going down
I look upon the captain's frown
I see nothing but a broken man
- Gratuitous Panning: Blatantly apparent on the Martyrs Amongst the Casualties EP when they were the Thirty Years War, but used a lot as well in the Fall of Troy days.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Part 2 of Phantom on the Horizon is all about the survivors of the Ghost Ship attack running out of supplies on the sea, going insane and eating each other. This includes the protagonist, who has a My God, What Have I Done? moment in Part 3.
- Incredibly Long Note: In "Chapter III: Nostalgic Mannerisms" of Phantom on the Horizon, Thomas lets one out.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Sledgehammer" ends relatively chill for Fall of Troy standards, until a random series of notes are hit. Also doesn't carry over well to the chill intro to Seattlantis.
- Laughing Mad: Done in "Chapter III: Nostalgic Mannerisms"
- Self-Titled Album: The Fall of Troy
- Shout-Out: A lot of the names of their songs are references to pop culture, though the songs generally have nothing to do with their namesake:
"The Adventures of Allan Gordon" is about the book, The Iceberg Hermit.
"Cut Down All the Tree's and Name the Streets After Them" was on the bumper of a car the band saw on their way to a recording studio.
"The Last March of The Ents" talks about the Destruction of Isengard from the Lord of the Rings
"Mirrors Are More Fun Than Television" is a quote from from Max Payne
"Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man's Bones" is a reference to the false story of Michael Jackson
buying the Joseph Merrick "The Elephant Man's" bones and dancing next to a claymation of him in the Thriller music video.
"You Got a Death Wish, Johnny Truant?" and "The "The Hol[ ]y Tape" are quotes from House of Leaves
- Spoken Word In Music: Once about halfway through "Chapter III: Nostalgic Mannerisms" off Phantom on the Horizon by Ryann Donnelly of Schoolyard Heroes. Again in "Nature vs. Nuture" off In the Unlikely Event.