The Fall of Troy's New Album 'OK' Is Anything But

The Fall of Troy's New Album 'OK' Is Anything But

A reminder that music is still for the fans, no matter what.

What can be said about The Fall of Troy? They are a band that defies logic; moving flawlessly from light, melodic riffs to in-your-face shredding at the drop of a hat. Their new album exemplifies this, but not in the same way past albums have.

In 2002, The Fall of Troy released their self-titled album, with it bringing us songs like "Rockstar Nailbomb" and "Wacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Bones," cementing themselves as a band that wanted to push the limitations of what they could achieve by combining chaos with calm in seemingly random spurts.

The resulting album was completed in only one week. The band members were seventeen at the time, with the exception of the front man, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Thomas Erak, who was eighteen. As his last name foreshadows, Erak has a tendency to lean towards a very erratic style that reflected his youth, making their first album a reflection of that raw, underdeveloped theme of being a teenager as a growing process that has a tendency to be random and crazy. Mix that with some pretty intense screaming from both Erak and the other members, and you get something that was unprecedented, to say the least.

Every member of TFOT contributed something unique; Andrew Forsman, giving us the perfect drum compliment to Erak's unpredictable guitar, and both Tim Ward (the original backup vocalist and bassist) and Frank Ene (the bassist that was in the band for their album "Phantom on the Horizon") do amazing jobs creating a backdrop in which Erak can work his magic without having to worry about any role other than his own. The vocals provided by both bassists created a dichotomy to Erak's whiny yet serious tone that made each song feel unique, and it's something that's always carried throughout all of their releases.

Fast forward to 2016, after TFOT went on their hiatus after releasing "In the Unlikely Event," the original band members came back to give us "OK" for free. That's right, for free.

According to the band's website, "This album represents hope; that things can be different, that the past doesn’t have to always weigh on the present. We give this album to you now for free, because we know that you deserve it."

Now is that not just the sweetest thing?

Now, for free, we have "OK," and in my opinion, it's their heaviest album to date. Immediately, we are hit with a new kind of grittier scream, reminiscent of older punk bands, and we can hear Erak's signature guitar in the background squealing away with pitch harmonics and fast, complicated riffs.

There is something different, however: The Fall of Troy have grown up. They have found a way to structure their insanity, making the album feel more complete and stable, yet still feel as though it's about to explode. The first two songs open with heavy screaming, and even though in the third track we start with Erak's familiar voice, there's something new about it: he has refined himself into something more. His old style is there, but it's in the foundation, not the end product. You can hear "Doppelganger" and "Manipulator" in every song, but you can also hear the more refined experience "In the Unlikely Event" gave us.

After listening in depth to the album numerous times, I can honestly say that it's a worthy addition to TFOT's impressive list of albums. Though not my favorite, I feel as though they did a fantastic job growing and maturing, seeing not only an obvious change in the music but a direction and a foundation. They never walked away from their roots; instead they let them grow into the album that is "OK."

Though, contrary to the name, this album is far from just "OK." This is a strong comeback album in an era that's not nice to bands releasing albums after long break ups.

The Fall of Troy knew they had to come back strong, and they did, not only offering the album for free but making it something that I gladly donated for, and would have paid for. It's rare that a band can create so many quality albums, but those exceptions, rare as they are, exist; one of them being "OK" by The Fall of Troy.

If you're a fan of the band, don't think twice. Get it right now. Stop reading this article, and download that album. You will not regret it.

If you aren't a fan or haven't heard them before, this is a good place to start. Though I'd personally recommend "Manipulator" and "Doppelganger" over this, it's free and obviously, a lot of work went into it. It's quality music, and is absolutely worth the download.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank the band personally, on behalf of your fans. Thank you for never letting us down. To me, you guys exemplify what it means to be a musician in a world that has become superficial and sour. I am in no way saying all music is like this, but I am saying you guys have managed to restore my faith in music, one song at a time.

Thank you for this gift, and I assure you it's not being squandered.

Cover Image Credit: The Fall of Troy, OK Album Cover

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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