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January Tree

Dead Soul TribeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002LR8LG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spiders And Flies
2. Sirens
3. The Love Of Hate
4. Why?
5. The Coldest Days Of Winter
6. Wings Of Faith
7. Toy Rockets
8. Waiting For The Answer
9. Just Like A Timepiece
10. Lady Of Rain

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mr D.
Format:Audio CD
Having been tepidly appreciative of Deadsoul Tribe's sophomore effort, A Murder of Crows, I decided to pick up their junior release, The January Tree a few days ago and that was a great move if I do say so myself.

For me Deadsoul Tribe's strength is that they remind me of Tool, one of my favorite bands. They have a dark morose sound and lyrics, a similar disjointed, syncopated style, a heavy stop and go drum and guitar beat with unusual melodies, somewhat de-emphasizing the vocals for the sake of the strong instrumentation. That's not to say that, as a singer, Graves doesn't have his moments. He has a pleasant mid to high pitched voice and a decent style that together, with echo chambers and dual tracks, happens to compliment the music.

For those familiar with Tool, you know that the music is all but impossible to describe except in generalities, as is Deadsoul Tribe. The first six tracks from "Spiders And Flies" to "Toy Rockets" have a feel strongly reminiscent of Maynard James Keenan, either Tool or A Perfect Circle, except track five "The Coldest Day of Winter". "Spiders And Flies" and "The Love of Hate" feature heavy bass drums and a crunchy guitar throughout. "Sirens" starts with a little jazzy guitar intro, then settles in but finishes with a slow ethereal ending, on "Why" we have more crunchy guitars and heavy drums but it slows down in the middle and Graves is accompanied by an acoustic guitar building to a cresendo.

"Wings of Faith", my personal favorite, has a snappy medium fast beat but is sung at half speed. It also features at least one or two female background singers, a nice touch. "Toy Rockets" is similar to most of the songs except it features a flute, another nice touch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad this stuff is unknown.... September 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Batmaz is ABSOLUTELY correct when he said that Devon is not only just a vocalist, but is a "modern poet" who hasn't been noticed by hardly anyone in the modern rock scene. I wish there was a way to put "Just Like a Timepiece" on pop radio in its entirety and chain people to their chair and force them to listen. After hearing even this ONE song's captivating melody and song structure, I bet people would wake up just a LITTLE BIT.

This entire album functions as a continuous whole, with one theme broken up into different yet similar components. If you listen to A Murder of Crows (DST's second album, for all those unfamiliar with it) you will see a similar theme presented in more of a raw sense. This album could almost be plugged right on the end of that album to make a continuos stream of hypnotic "music." By putting this in quotes, I mean that this is a modern ART creation that paints pictures in your head and entrances you with the lyrics. The line "Their vessels lined upon the shelves, yet empty every one" really spoke loudly to me in terms of actual theme of this disc.

In summary, this album is a must have for EVERYBODY, even the 'gangstas' and 'dance divas' This is an experiance that will open your eyes if you just give it a chance. This would probably be the top album release of the year in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "HATE CAN ONLY CREATE MORE HATE" September 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's always a challenging task to follow up your previous album, especially if it was such a great success among the prog community and garnered a lot of critical acclaim on various webzines and magazines. A Murder of Crows was an awesome record and my curiousity was piqued when I heard Devon Graves had already started composing his third Dead Soul Tribe CD -- The January Tree.

The lyrics I mentioned in my subject line is the main chorus of the third track on the album, "The Love of Hate". I know this is a bizarre way of starting a review but I believe the melody line Devon Graves came up on this track may be one of his best in his entire career. No exaggeration here, I've heard (almost) everything he's done so far and I have to point out the vocal melody on this track is unbelievable. In fact 98% of the melodies he created here are amazing, you've never heard him sing the way he sings on The January Tree. This record is a logical continuation of the philosophical AMOC, but it has more character and a more homogeneous overall feel. Even though it may be too early to pass judgement yet, I think The January Tree is going to be my favourite DST of the three. I really enjoy it a lot.

Given the lyrics on this disc, to say that Devon Graves is merely a "lyricist" would be daft. Graves is a modern "poet" whose art has yet to be discovered by most rock/metal fans. What's more is his lyrics make a lot more sense and are more effective when heard within the context of the song. Devon Graves has always had the idea of singing soft melodies over really heavy riffs and he utilises this idea to the best of his advantage on The January Tree. About all the songs here are very riff-based, the kind of riffs that are played very much to the point but are available throughout the entire disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better and better... July 7, 2005
By meh
Format:Audio CD
After A Murder of Crows, which shaved off much of the fat from their self titled debut release, Dead Soul Tribe come back and bring the fat back in - but this time make it much more organized. The industrial influences, which were basically come on A Murder of Crows are back (the song "Wings of Faith") as well as a more varied instrumental approach (The Jethro Tull style flute on "Just Like A Timepiece").

But just as much as all of that changed, much stayed the same. DST are still playing dark, constrained prog in the style of Tool. Devon's voice is still amazing. He can still write amazing songs. They still have the sound of no instrument standing out but rather they work as a divine whole (a trait that is found in many bands where all the music is written by one person). And the Danny Carry style drumming is still there.

Seeing as how they have improved by a significant amount with each release despite only being a year apart from each other, I am eagerly awaiting Dead Soul Tribes next release... though it is hard to imagine them improving on The January Tree. Highly recommended for fans of Tool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 output from Deadsoul Tribe
Here is another great example of the genius of Devon Graves. It's really crazy Deadsoul Tribe has not reached more audiences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Zugg
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking progressive metal from Psychotic Waltz's frontman.
I find the world of Devon Graves a fascinating place, as he is one of metal's most thought provoking, in-depth and alluring characters. Read more
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A decent percentage of the modern prog scene is cluttered with many bands that, though technically proficient and to some extent enjoyable, attempt to create a sound that stands... Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by Twitch
2.0 out of 5 stars Listening to The January Tree? Don't forget a pillow
Judging The January Tree from the perspective that the aim in music is to conjure an emotion, I believe this is the perfect album for those who seek to summon the boredom so... Read more
Published on November 28, 2005 by Trevor Caira
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Giant
After enjoying the hauntingly powerful "A Murder Of Crows", I was eager to hear this album, and was definitely not disappointed. Read more
Published on November 15, 2005 by Tom Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars "We're caught in a web and we're eaten alive"
4.5 stars. While I still think "A Murder Of Crows" is Deadsoul Tribe's benchmark album, if there was ever a band in which I would recommend newcomers buy two albums simultaneously... Read more
Published on December 1, 2004 by D. Knouse
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