…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Festival Thyme EP
Record Label: Justice Records
Release Date: October 21, 2008
A couple years ago, these guys put out what has got to be one of the best albums ever made by anybody, called Source Tags & Codes. If you don’t already own that, then stop reading this review right now and fix that. Afterwards they unfairly lost some of their buzz with Worlds Apart and their latest So Divided (which their official website refers to as “critically unacclaimed”), and so a lot of rumors circulated that the band had called it quits due to poor record sales. Well, let this EP be your evidence that this is not the case, and let it whet your appetite for the currently untitled full length, scheduled to be released in early 2009.
How is it?
First, let me say I’m just so incredibly happy to hear that Trail of Dead are still making albums. But second, hells yes this is worth hearing! The sounds logically lean more towards the huge, less punk direction of So Divided than anything else; the guys still want to craft the most epic sounding indie rock imaginable. The title track is layered with piano and acoustic guitar so that the sound can best be described as thick (and also, of course, awesome.) “The Bells of Creation” has got a Source Tags type vocal in the chorus that complements some Who-sounding chords in the verse, and plus the lyrics “I felt like Satan” are a nice selling point as well. “The Betrayal of Really Long Title” is a slow-building 70’s rocker that makes me wish the word “epic” had more synonyms… sorry about that. If this is any indication of what the new album is going to sound like, fans should be very pleased.
01. The Bells of Creation (Machete Mix)
02. Inland Sea (Edit)
03. Festival Thyme
04. The Betrayal of Roger Casement and the Irish Brigade
Recommended if You Like: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead’s So Divided, but even bigger.
Judge For Yourself: www.myspace.com/trailofdead
All three are really good, though. Glad to see someone else feels the harsh criticism of their last two albums was undeserved (though they clearly weren't as good as Source Tags). Source Tags was actually the album I chose to listen to on my way in to work this past Tuesday after casting my ballot, something I'll probably always associate that album with now. It's pretty appropriate though. An epic album for an epic day.
This definitely has me excited for the upcoming full-length.
So I may be in the minority (fuck, I AM the minority) but I truly do prefer Worlds Apart to Source Tags & Codes. It's leaps and bounds ahead in ambition and sonic crafting, and the lyrics are the best the band's ever crafted.
I really wish I knew when "progressive" became a curse.
I agree with the above posting. Worlds Apart, IMO, is their best work. They definitely tried to perfect the art and I believe that they did. That album was spun so many times on my car CD player before the iPOD came out. Such an amazing band. Glad they are still together (Chino from Deftones loves them too). A very...very.............VERY.....un derappreciated and non-played band. All of their albums are amazing in my eyes, nose, ears, whatever...