The Secret Of Elena's Tomb [EP] [Enhanced CD] Single, Enhanced, EP, Limited Edition
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Whilst it doesn't have the brilliant melding of songs and intricate song structures as on "Source Tags" there is plenty here to get yourself pumped for the next release. Being only a 5 song EP it was always going to be hard to produce a fully cohesive "album" whilst appealing to old fans and still developing into something new, however I think the ToD have done as good a job as could be expected (although the album art is a little disappointing, especially after the brilliant cover to Source Tags that seems to grow and develop into something else, much like many of the songs).
Track 1: Mach Schau: definitely a true ToD song, heavy and hard hitting, with the usual tempo shifts, slow guitar lines that evolve into a hard hitting chorus before easing up for just long enough for you to catch your breath before flinging you straight back into the fire. A great opener, and a very fine song.
Track 2: All St. Day: another fine rocker which is in much the same vein as some of the softer more mellow "rock" songs off Source Tags. More of a "How Near, How Far" or "Relative Ways" style single material song.
Track 3: Crowning of a Heart: This songs just flows straight through beautifully from the end of "All St Day".Read more ›
Mach Schau is classic ToD. Raw, hard, and intelligent. This song could have been taken off the 'Madonna' album. Not to say it's bad, but this is the worst song on the EP.
All Saints Day is a fantastic new song. It sounds like it could have been taken out of 'Source Tags'. It uses the normal soft/hard formula of ToD, but shows a little more advancement. Very mellow as well. One of my favorite Trail of Dead songs.
Crowning of a Heart is even mellower than All Saints Day. Think "How Near How Far". A great song.
Counting Off the Days is a short acoustic song. Yes that's right I said acoustic. It's a fantastic song, just an acoustic guitar and a string backing that adds much warmth and feeling. The vocals fit perfectly as well.
Intelligence. This is the bands biggest departure. Other reviewers have mentioned techno, electronica, and dance music in relation to this song. That's all wrong. The closest comparision would be to say it's like ToD doing an incredible cover of a early Nine Inch Nails song. Die hard fans, don't be scared away, this is no namby-pamby electronica.
All in all, if this is a sign of where the Trail of Dead will be going with their next album, I'm even more excited about it then I was before. Not only that, but this dispels any fear I might have had that they won't be able to top Source Tags. For any fan who wants to see what the next album may be like, or just wants something to tide them over, this is worth your money. For any new fan, get 'Source Tags and Code' and go from there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the first album I heard from ToD and I was reeled in. Utterly. These are five of the greatest little masterpieces of modern rock with "Crowning of a Heart" being one of my... Read morePublished on September 14, 2008 by Melian Daily
Trail of Dead released this EP in between Source Tags and Codes and Worlds Apart, and although it was rather hard for me to find, once I tracked it down I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on April 14, 2005 by Sakos
this is an awesome awesome album from an awesome band. I'm a DJ and Trail of Dead is a staple in my show. Read morePublished on January 30, 2004 by sarah
I . . I have a problem. The first time I listened to "Source Tags and Codes," I was hooked. I couldn't stop listening. Read morePublished on November 21, 2003
The first time I heard of Trail of Dead, I saw them on Conan O'brian, and they really rocked it out, I was impressed. Read morePublished on July 29, 2003 by Joseph Meiring
This is amazing music. Trail of Dead is deffinately a rockin' group...as always they are brilliant and astute and are showing so many signs of maturity through out this album. Read morePublished on July 12, 2003 by Amazon Customer
Much like their earlier albums, Trail of Dead try to take things in a new direction, and, as usual, they don't disappoint. Read morePublished on April 6, 2003 by Brian Lynch
This ep offers 5 songs. All this songs have their own little taste. If you like the Trail of Dead then you know you will be amazed. All of their cds offer something different. Read morePublished on April 4, 2003