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Trophy Scars - Alphabet. Alphabets.
01. An Introduction. All Introductions.
02. Artist. Artists.
03. Assistant. Assistants.
04. Assassin. Assassins.
05. Accent. Accents.
06. Apparition. Apparitions.
07. Yes.
08. No.
09. Absolute. Absolutes.
10. Alchemist. Alchemists.
11. Addict. Addicts.
12. Alligator. Alligators.
13. Alibi. Alibis.
14. Apple. Apples.
15. Anxiety. Anxieties.
16. A Song Begins With "A". Almost All These Songs Begin With "A".
Reviewed by: Sean   //   Published: 9/19/2006

Unless you've been under a rock or somewhere high in the mountains living as a hermit for the past few years, you've no doubt witnessed, firsthand, the absolute and complete explosion of third-wave "emo" and post-hardcore. The whole scene has become a marketing goldmine, catering to those who want something a little (but just a little) more rebellious than the All-American Rejects.

With that in mind, I was a little wary when I first popped in Trophy Scars' newest release, Alphabet. Alphabets. They too bore the same label that has become synonymous with Myspace and scene kids everywhere. I was pleasantly surprised to hear these guys try something other than the beat-to-death singing guy/screaming guy dynamic and really take their sound somewhere.

Their guitar and drum arrangements are somewhere between Thursday and The Blood Brothers, and the vocals range from passionate pleading to the (rare) full-throated scream. Lead vocalist Jerry Jones frequently makes use of an urgent "near-scream," similar to genre pioneers At The Drive-In; or a bone-chilling drawl similar to vocalists from The Blood Brothers and Circle Takes the Square.

Aside from the wide variety of vocals used, there are also many guest vocalists present, often lending additional singing or screaming, and, most notably, rap. "Assassin. Assassins." and "Accent. Accents." both feature guest rap, the latter being predominantly a hip-hop/electronic track. These two tracks blend into the rest of the music quite well, however, they don't stick out significantly from the rest of the music or have a novelty feel to them.

While the vocals are often the star of this album, the other four guys in the band are no slouches. The instrumentals more than often provide a suitable atmosphere for Jones' vocals, but do sometimes rely on tired chord progressions and recycled (again) Blood Brothers riffs.

Bottom Line: Trophy Scars' influences combine to create a fairly refreshing and unexpected listen; the album is both catchy and fun while remaining emotional and aggressive. Recommended for anyone looking for an alternative to the junk on Victory Records.

Comments
Nick_   posted 9/27/2006 1:10:01 PM
great stuff, creative fun, demands many listens. theyve grown in leaps and bounds. these guys are local talent, went to high school with em. theyre blowin up. ROCK N ROLL
picturesofme_   posted 9/21/2006 11:17:54 AM
your favorite band? 50 f*cking years of pop history and your favorite f*cking band is f*cking Trophy Scars? jesus h. christ. get aids. NOW.
panzer_   posted 9/20/2006 3:31:01 PM
A friend of mine played these guys for me, and I definatly have to say they were not bad ... not bad at all.
heart_means_everything_   posted 9/20/2006 3:02:19 PM
they're playing tonight where i live, thinking about going
josh_   posted 9/20/2006 2:30:55 PM
Trophy Scars are no doubt, my favorite band. And this is a record filled with diversity. From acoustic, to metal, to rap, this album touches almost every base there is to touch. -And it doesn't fail in any f those respects.

With that being said, I would like to comment on the song titles remark. This album is somewhat conceptual. While it's not a story or a "concept album," it is metaphysically based (albeit, loosely) of Nathanial Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." What is being said thr

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