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Century of Self

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of DeadAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Plenty of bands like to yammer on about how their newest record is a “return to their roots,” as if some undiscovered brilliance is to be found and resurrected on early demos and basement jam sessions. But the in case of ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (or Trail of Dead from here on out, because who really wants to type all that over and over), a return to form could ... Read more in Amazon's And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Justice Records
  • ASIN: B001P9PWWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Giants Causeway
2. The Far Pavilions
3. Isis Unveiled
4. Halcyon Days
5. Bells of Creation
6. Fields of Coal
7. Inland Sea
8. Luna Park
9. Pictures of an Only Child
10. Insatiable (One)
11. Ascending
12. An August Theme
13. Insatiable (Two)

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2009 album from the Alternative rockers. The Century of Self is epic, and was clearly made without the gimlet eye of a major label A&R person overseeing it. From the soaring instrumental opener, 'Giants Causeway,' to the album's closer, 'Insatiable Two,' which starts off with the sounds of a demented circus and ends with an echoing sing-along about Conrad Keely's lack of monstrosity, the record is a work of tremendous scope and ambition. Fifteen years in to their career, Trail of Dead continues to innovate and grow. At a point where many other bands would be resting on their laurels and half-heartedly tossing off greatest hits comps, Trail of Dead are just getting started.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form... February 19, 2009
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Trail of Dead has shaken off whatever funk it was that kept them a little staid in the execution of their last two albums. Worlds Apart and So Divided were epic, as TOD fare tends to be, but with a polished shine that detracted from the raw edge that has always been their trademark. Century of Self marks a return to the days of Source Tags & Codes, Madonna and their self-titled debut. Almost every track is simultaneously beautiful and makes me want to pump my fist in the air, and, gosh darn it, that's what drew me to TOD in the first place. There isn't a disappointing tune in the bunch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Fiercely independent Austin, TX art-rock standbys ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead have been getting heaps of critical dirt thrown on them by zines and fans alike over the past several years, be it for their meandering prog adventures on record or their inexplicable onstage band feuds, and it came as a surprise to no one when major label Interscope finally dropped them in 2007. After throwing away the sizable amount of credibility 2002's classic Source Tags & Codes and their awesome if rather long band name garnered them over the years, one would certainly expect The Century of Self to be a bit of a compromise to retrieve their lost audience, but although the out-of-left-field experimentalist urges and oddball genre exercises have departed, Trail of Dead remain as defiantly unique as ever.

Obligatory instrumental opener "Giant Causeway" begins the album with a burst of static before erupting into a distorted guitar solo accompanied by crashing drums and some heavy-handed piano playing. Trail of Dead is a band best listened to with the volume turned way up; when I say they play loud, I mean they are loud. The drone of feedback announces the first proper song of the collection, "Far Pavilions," a song that does away with orchestral flourishes and launches straight into an up tempo punk roar. The duo of vocalists Conrad Keely and Jason Reece has long been one of Trail of Dead's strongest points, and their interplay here is like a blast from the past.

It's almost impossible for Trail of Dead to write a three-minute song, however, and the band' compositional wankery is revealed right off the bat with "Far Pavilions"' swelling bridge and the half a minute of white noise that ends the song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the greatest February 25, 2009
By Derek
Format:Audio CD
I have all of their releases. Fans will love it, because its more of the same. Be sure to buy this in CD form because of the amazing artwork Conrad Keely provides. The best songs are Isis Unveiled, Halcyon Days and Pictures of an Only Child. Ascending is a stange (experimental?) song, listen with headphones, both Conrad and Jason both sing at the same time, and they aren't singing the same lyrics, it is very awkward, but maybe this is where they need to take it, become more unpredictable. After all, the reason people love them is the wild reckless stage shows they used to provide. They don't break as much lately, but we still love them.
For people who never heard this band, I'm not sure this is the right place to start listening to them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly comfortable with themselves on "Self" February 17, 2009
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I've been following these guys for a while, and all I have to say is that this one is incredible.

This album sees the band grow some more. Bands that have a distinctive sound have a real problem in that new material either looses the band's identity trying something new, or feels reatreaded. "The Century of Self" strikes the really hard to find balance of seeming familiar and completely fresh.

One of the main things that struck me instantaneously is how cohesive this one is. So Divided (while a solid listen with some great songs) was not as cohesive in ways as Worlds Apart or Source Tags and Codes.

Trail of Dead really knows how to utilize 2 drummers. This disc needs to be played loud to get the full effect. There are few bands who have the aggressive rhythms these guys pull together without the hokie "I'm dark AND moody" highly theatrical nature of most "metal" or "emo" bands, especially in the lyrics. The guys are obviously well read (how many people have to hit a dictionary to find out what Halycon means?) and it's refreshing. Lyrically they tend to take the Peter Gabriel/Syd Barrett idea of using simple words to describe complex things.

There's definitely some Steve Lillywhite era U2 in there too, especially in "Isis Unveiled". Trail of Dead feel like they've found themselves really comfortable with what makes them sound unique, and adding to it or exploring how much they can push with different sounds and orchestrations and retain their self.

This one's going to get plenty of play time from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...and you will know them by the trail of brilliance September 27, 2013
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Despite being a fan since the first LP, I skipped this record when it first came out. So I got a good long time with TAO of the Dead before spending any time with this one at all. It's easy to see how Century fits between So Divided and TAO. It's less polished, and maybe even a bit less fun than SD, and not as cohesive as TAO, but you can see ToD finding themselves in this record, and it's a fantastic journey.

If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed.
If you're not a fan, start with TAO of the Dead, or maybe Source Tags and Codes, but definitely work your way back to this album. ...work your way back to all of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disapointed
I'm pretty disappointed with this album. It felt like they were holding back on allot of there songs. It felt like they were fighting the music through out. Read more
Published on June 29, 2009 by Mark Ski
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the dead!
Another terrific album from Trail of Dead. Some familiar-ish types of songs along with some new more piano based stuff. Looking forward to seeing them perform the new stuff live.
Published on April 9, 2009 by honaluau
4.0 out of 5 stars Have some faith...
I'm surprised more people haven't review this record. It's way better than So Divided, I'm tempted to say it's as good as Worlds Apart but you be the judge. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by B. Dewar
4.0 out of 5 stars "And if they taste the blood we'll let them drink."
The Century of Self is a pretty solid album, although I don't find myself enjoying it as much as Trail of Dead's last few efforts. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Matt Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect?
To me, Trail of Dead can no little wrong. So I give little creedence to Rolling Stone's 2 1/2-star review, except to agree that the sound can be murky. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by greyhound1954
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of Dead at their best
I don't know if this is a legit review considering I'm not even half way through listening to this album but my mind is blown away....simply amazing. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by Chris VanDyke
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