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Billy Idol guitarist s new solo album With help from King s X bass wizard / vocalist dUg Pinnick (performing Robin Trower s Day Of The Eagle )Featuring drummer Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Derek Sherinian)Special Digipak Edition** I think the time is right for me to make a record that is totally me my world, Stevens says of Memory Crash. Boasting such tracks as Water on Ares , Hellcats Take the Highway , Small Arms Fire , an interpretation of Robin Trower s Day of the Eagle (featuring Dug Pinnick of King s X), and the rousing/psychedelic Cherry Vanilla , Memory Crash is a journey through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind , to steal a line from Rod Serling. It s virtually musical cinema. I have a lot of weird little segues going on with this record, Stevens says. I ve always loved that about the prog records, like Dark Side of the Moon. You enter this little theater of the mind. It s a true headphone experience. Nothing encapsulates this more than the sizzling wah-wah- and flanger-inflected instrumental Cherry Vanilla. I just happened to have a recorder with me when I was on my way to an appointment, says Stevens. There were these women walking by, talking amongst themselves, so I caught them on tape. I just wanted to capture this moment of people s everyday lives and problems. On the track you also hear this other voice that says, Hey, man, can you dig what is going on in the world today , or something to that effect. He goes on to say, Man, you just gotta play a stone groove. Other words, when all else fails, just play a good guitar groove. Indeed. A freaked-out, Hendrix-meets-Stevens vibe is prevalent in the interpretation of Robin Trower s Day of the Eagle , a tune Stevens says Dug Pinnick takes to church with a Sly Stone spin. Jimi wasn t the only influence that crept up on Stevens. He revisited a cast of legendary characters, from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, and Yes, to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bo Diddley, and Jeff Beck. Yet, despite the presence and interplay of diverse and distinct musical elements, Stevens never surrenders his own creative identity. I spent a long time before making this record watching old archival footage and retrospectives on bands like Pink Floyd and Yes, just soaking up what made them tick, Stevens says. But this record is not a retro gimmick at all. It s still very much a Steve Stevens record. Steve Stevens, the wizard of guitar effects and longtime musical partner of fist-pumpin , punk-pop bad boy Billy Idol, is one of the most refreshingly creative guitarists in all of rockdom.Prepare to have your mind blown, again, when the atomic playboy drops his first solo record in nearly eight years, Memory Crash — an electro-centric sonic tour de force that makes a serious musical impact. No gimmicks. No over-the-top production. No compromising. It s just Steve Stevens, his guitar, and his beloved effects all the ingredients that have made him a global star. Stevens says. At the end of the day, this instrument, the guitar, has been with me since I was a kid, and it still fascinates me. I still have a love affair with the guitar.

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  • The Fall of Troy’s third release, is right where I’d expect them to be: a little bit older, but they haven’t lost the edge, and the music structure I guess represents what it’s like to have ADD. I see this band, and this release as being not very accessible, perhaps because of its strange manic style. By manic I mean there are extreme moods being represented,and visceral energy. In a recent interview guitar/vox Tom Erak stated that when writing this album it was during a dark period for him, which is manifested in Manipulator. The guitar once again is awesome, the vocals alternate between clean singing, to shrieks, screams, and some growls. You could hardly call these songs boring, even if it’s not as intense as their first and second (more similar to the latter). Some of the songs are even catchy, in their own strange way.

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    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Alot of believe this album is their weakest effort, but I believe it has their finest work ever. Some would say that they more poppy, but this cd has the heaviest stuff that the fall of troy has and probably will ever do. The best tracks imo are “The Dark Trail”, “Semi-Fiction”, “Sledgehammer”, “Seattlantis”, “Ex-Creations”, and the epic closer “A man a plan a canal Panama”. This cd has some of the best guitar work iv’e heard, the vocals are hit or miss, but i’ll give the guy a pass because he plays so well. If you like progressive music or heavy music this is one to try out, at the very least try the tracks iv’e listed.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When i first heard of Fall of Troy is was right before Doppleganger came out. I heard the demo versions of “Tom Waits” and “Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man’s Bones”, and i was blown away. The vocals weren’t the best but i saw past that. I saw their potential. Crazy guitars, and time shifts that blew you away, they were all there. Then I heard the full CD and still felt the same way. After i also checked out their debut “Fall of Troy” i noticed a slight progression in the sound i was a bit more precise but still retained that raw edge. That was before…

    …Manipulator is now! Fall of Troy continue to defy common knowledge. These dude are 21 years old and they are blowing people minds with their music. Just think how good these guys will be in 2 or 3 years. They continue to push their music forward with Manipulator. They explore their past efforts and combine it with new styles of music. You can hear a little blues, a little pop, and still keeping the post-hardcore, post-punk edge. They mix it up perfectly and combine styles to make some amazing songs. Thomas also has a solo song on here. Its a nice jazzy sort of song. He shows his potential vocally on this track and most other tracks, also. He can range from the lowest scream to the highest note. Sometimes he reaches a little too high but i won’t fault him for that. You can hear some vintage Fall of Troy in here, you can hear a little Mastodon on here, you can here a dab of Blood Brothers on here, you can hear a little HORSE the band on here, and strangely enough you can here a bit of Weezer on here. The range is awesome and the blending is perfect. It’s not a surprise to me that there is the Weezer influence. Thomas is a big fan of Weezer. I saw them at a show a while ago and while they were fixing some of the stuff on the stage he played “Butterfly” by Weezer. It was pretty good too. That shocked me. In a good way though. It’s nice to know musicians are diverse listeners. My favorites (right now) on Manipulator are “Quarter Past”, “Shhh!!! If You’re Quiet, I’ll Show You A Dinosaur”, and “A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama.”. They are all good songs though, I promise you that!

    GO!NOW!LISTEN!

    5 friggin’ stars.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Mukilteo, Washington’s, The Fall of Troy have produced a near-perfect release in ‘Manipulator’. This album literally has it all–from super high, poppy vocals (The Blood Brother’s esque), to the more expected harsh screams and unusual musical arrangements of previous records, ‘Manipulator’ is wonderful. ‘Ex-Creations’ is a standout track in my mind, encompassing exceptional guitar work and creative lyrics. Overall, this album is a bit more diverse than previous Fall of Troy efforts, but it is certain to please fans of the band from start to finish.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When something heard for the first time can give me goose bumps that says a mouthful. Manipulator is such an audible delight that I’d feel guilty for listening if it wasn’t just so “giving me the happiness”. As a product of a generation suffering from ADHD I love movement in my music and, as a result, “Quarter Past” has become the reason for my being. I’m proud to own this album – the smile would not dissipate the first time I played it – and would hope that as many people as possible experience what is not only an amazing audible opus but a marvel of creativity.

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now