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.
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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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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