Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Fall of Troy - Ghostship EP (2004)

Ok, I can't say I'm the biggest fan of TFoT but this EP they recorded in between their self-titled debut and Doppelgänger and is probably some of their most compelling and cohesive release to date. They do quite a great job at taking a "hardcore" kind of aesthetic and combining it with a more progressive frame. Although Thomas Erak's voice may not be for everybody, (believe me, I'm far from praising his vocal skills myself) he puts forth a great effort and sounds as if hes pouring a lot of emotion into his vocals as well as the intense and erratic guitar riffs pile-driven into your skull without remorse. I've heard many a story about the rest of this story being finished in a re-recorded concept album. On the contrary, I've also heard that it's unlikely to happen, as well as several testimonials from people who went to TFoT shows chanting, "GHOSTSHIP!", only to be berated by Erak whining about how he wants to have fun and play what he wants because, really, who would want to make the fans happy? What a ludicrus idea. Annnnywayyy, It puzzles me why they decided they dont like this stuff anymore but what can we do? If you haven't heard this yet and you're a TFoT fan, shame on you. Get this right now. This is some epic music. (By the way, I don't believe there's any album art but if you have it, feel free to send it my way.)

  1. "Ghostship I" – 6:53
  2. "Ghostship IV" – 4:13
  3. "Ghostship V" – 5:47
  4. "Macaulay McCulkin" – 6:39
Ghostship EP

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wild Orchid Children - The Elephants (2007)

I know I haven't posted in a while but I guess I've been busy with school and stuff but if you didn't notice already, I tagged all of the artists so there's a convenient list somewhere on the right now. Anyway, back to business.
Wild Orchid Children is a very diverse group that borrow and blend many styles to create a very freakish and eclectic sound. Although they only have one release, they certainly made their versatility clear through these 4 songs. Overall, they have a very 'freak folk' style if I had to really generalize it. But if you think of mashing Native and Portugal. The Man together with a lot more organ action, you'd get something the lines of WOC. THANKS EMILY.

1. Where the Mexican Boys Go
2. Birth of a Cabin
3. Ahead of Us The Secret
4. Tree of Knowledge

The Elephants