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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 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Superball Music
  • ASIN: B004HD2ZHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction: "Let's Experiment"
2. Pure Radio Cosplay
3. Summer of All Dead Souls
4. Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave
5. Fall of the Empire
6. The Wasteland
7. Spiral Jetty
8. Weight of the Sun (or the Post-Modern Prometheus)
9. Pure Radio Cosplay (Reprise)
10. Ebb Away
11. The Fairlight Pendant
12. Tao of the Dead Part two: Strange News From Another Planet

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2011 release, the seventh album from the Indie/Alt-Rock favorites. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead have consistently specialized in soundtracking the breaking of the seventh seal. For those of you less schooled in scripture, that means they make music fit for the end of the world, whether it is an interior existence troubled by nightmares and doubt or an exterior reality continually plagued by environmental disaster, neocolonialism and unending Wars on Whatever. Tao Of The Dead evokes a refreshing nostalgia paying faithful homage to Pink Floyd, Rush, Steppenwolf, and Neu! Produced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (producer of the band's seminal 1998 self-titled LP) along with Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, Beach House)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on February 9, 2011
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"What a beautiful death, to die in the exercise of your passion," remarks Philippe Petit in the excellent 2008 documentary Man on Wire. It's a literal statement as well as philosophical - high-wire artist Petit could literally die if he falls off his balancing wire between the World Trade Centers, but it's also a testament to how committed he is to his craft. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead frontman Conrad Keely would probably be the first to agree, so caught up in his own band's mythology and defiant independence that to compromise his own artistic values would probably kill him (most likely accompanied by a full symphony and a choir of wailing female voices). No, Keely has been more than content to steer his own ship, from 2001's noise-rock master thesis Source Tags & Codes through convoluted orchestral messes like 2006's So Divided, losing much of their fanbase and most of the considerable critical cachet ST&C afforded them in the process. He's been content to exercise his own passion, and it's indeed resulted in a sort of commercial death for the band . . . but wow if Keely isn't plunging full speed ahead anyways. Tao of the Dead is a fearless two-part affair, one split into eleven chapters in the key of D and the second a 16-minute epic in five movements and in the key of F and both resolutely proggy in the vein of your favorite Rush or Yes record, if Rush or Yes had had an upbringing in full-throated punk and feedback-drenched indie rock.

Keely has stated in interviews that it's this kind of record that he grew up listening to and wanted to emulate, and maybe that's why Tao of the Dead ends up being the most focused Trail of Dead effort in years rather than a space-rock sham.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jren1313 on February 13, 2011
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What a long strange journey its been for ...And You Will Know Us by The Trail Of Dead; A band that seemingly reinvents itself with each new album. Tao Of The Dead finds head-Dead member Conrad Keely channeling his prog-rock affectations into a remarkably cohesive set of songs that works best when listened to as two epic song cycles. Tao Of The Dead Part I is so good that at nearly forty minutes it almost feels too brief - you're almost tempted to hit the replay button once the final notes of "The Fairlight Pendant" trail off into the ether... thankfully that lingering is quickly satiated by the equally impressive sixteen and half minute "Strange News From Another Planet," a song that moves from roaring punk anthems to beautiful, shimmering soundscapes almost in the same breath. It all adds up to one fantastic listening experience. I can't recommend this album highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David D. Brown on December 2, 2013
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A desert island disk if ever there were such a thing. For years I have been listening to this and it is one of the very few albums that is so rich I am continually discovering new things in the texture of the songs. Beautiful and glorious.
I, too, cannot understand why more people don't know this album.
Good enough then: this will be my secret island retreat--my high volume getaway with headphones on, lost in the music. With streaming etc, you don't have to buy music these days--and yet this may be one album that is truly worth owning . Ignore the comparisons. Nothing else really comes close. I'm buying a fresh copy tonight. Why? I don't know except to say that I'm utterly addicted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on January 4, 2013
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This is my first album by these guys and I am glad that I have come aboard. I don't know a lot about their history except that they have apparently been around for a while. "Tao Of The Dead" is a mix of progressive rock, post rock, punk and some straight forward rockers and ballads that are totally unique and fresh, but at the same time hearken back to an older era. In fact the riff in the super catchy "Pure Radio Cosplay" almost sounds like an old Moody Blues rocker, and is catchy enough to be a single. I am really enjoying this and plan on checking out more of the band's catalogue. This is modern progressive rock as it should be done with forward thinking lyrics and musical ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Stazer on January 20, 2012
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That is four effing brilliant albums in a row. Why can't I get people interested in this band? It is some of the most stirring and remarkable music I have ever heard. Rich sonic textures, superbly themed and interwoven melodies. The Cure meets Porcupine Tree meets The Pixies plus pure unbridled original genius. Cannot. Get. Enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on April 6, 2011
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I've been a minor fan of this band for a few years now, having appreciated some songs here and there from earlier albums. Personally, I love the direction they've gone on this album- I think it's their best yet, more 'mature' in a way. The album makes for a wonderful listening experience. Moods swirl together in smooth transitions from one song to the next, filling your mind with fantastic imagery in the vein of the wonderful album artwork that accompanies it. The rock riffs when they come are catchy, often turning into more emotion-packed songs that I greatly enjoyed. Simply put, it's an absolutely beautiful album, one I can't stop listening to. Absolutely worth every penny.
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