Washington’s The Fall Of Troy are, more or less, back with their first new music in four years. ‘Mukiltearth’ is the sixth album from mathcore/post-hardcore geniuses, and represents their past, present, and future, with the first six songs being re-recorded tracks from their high school days and only the last four being new ideas.
While it’s admittedly admirable and interesting to put together some kind of a compilation record to show the journey the band has been through and how far they’ve come – a definite treat for older fans – it doesn’t quite work as smoothly as you’d hope on ‘Mukiltearth’. Here’s why.
Not only are the titles already a giveaway on when the mood shifts and it goes from old to new, the overall sound and quality elevate immensely on the newer tracks, which shouldn’t be a given considering the old songs have been revamped.
Opener ‘A Tribute To Orville Wilcox’ starts the record off rather well and is a short and sweet, pure mathcore blip showcasing exactly why The Fall Of Troy quickly became as a firm staple. However, the following one-two ‘Chain Wallet, Nike Shoes’ and ‘The Tears of Green-Eyed Angels’ are almost too similar to pay much attention to, as are the rest of the blasts from the past. The vocal delivery is questionable and the riffs are rather mundane, well, as mundane as you can get for mathcore, that is.
The way it later cuts into the present with ‘Counting Sheep’ is an incredibly harsh twist, especially on your first listen. Peak finds its form with ‘Round House’, which is an absolute monster of a track, radiating Faith No More vibes from vocal performance to instrumental arrangements. Versatile, playful, groovy, heavy… all things good and fun mashed into one. As impactful as ‘Round House’ hits you, as short does the rest of the record fall again, sadly.
Old fans will gratefully dive back into the band’s early cuts and dwell in some nostalgia, yet new fans will definitely be confused by ‘Mukiltearth’ essentially sounding like two completely different albums. A full The Fall Of Troy record of new ideas would’ve been more welcome – leave the re-recordings for the b-sides.