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Tao Of The Dead (Limited Edition) [Limited Edition]

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Audio CD
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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 (7 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004GKQ1L2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tao of the Dead Part I
2. Tao of the Dead Part II: Strange News from Another Planet
Disc: 2
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. The Spiral Jetty
8. Weight of the Sun (Or the Post-modern Prometheus)
9. Pure Radio Cosplay (Reprise)
10. Ebb Away
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

Seventeen years (!) and seven albums (!!) down the line and …Trail of Dead are producing some of their most consistent – and best – work yet. That’s not merely noteworthy in this day and age, that’s staggering – and considering Tao of the Dead was written and recorded faster than any of their previous albums by some distance, the only logical conclusion is that, when placed next to 2009’s wonderful The Century of Self, it represents one of rock’s most beloved bands hitting as rich a seam of form as we’ve seen before.

As revered as Source Tags & Codes (their calling card and still the go-to album for noise-rock newbies, with good reason) still is, there are moments on Tao… that surpass it for sheer joyous racket-making. Summer of All Dead Souls and Weight of the Sun (Or the Post-Modern Prometheus), for example, burn with firestorm guitars and air-punching choruses and mix melody and squalls of noise with the deft touch you’d expect from a band this accomplished. The core of the band, Jason Reece and Conrad Keely, might have chosen to switch up their supporting cast but in staying true to their ineffableness they’ve updated their sound without leaving anything behind.

But what makes Tao… feel so fluid is the fact the likes of Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave, the sunny The Wasteland and Ebb Away, as happily woozy a song as …Trail of Dead have ever written, are so restrained. There’s more of a rhythm and cadence to the record as a whole than we’re used to, and it succeeds in making Tao… arguably more of a complete journey than even Source Tags….

And closing the album with the 16-minute Strange News From Another Planet only accentuates this as it’s like a microcosm of the entire record – fluid, liquid grooves rushing into thudding passages of chunky aggression and back again, all in what feels like the blink of an eye.

The conclusion, then, is clear: both as a standalone record and part of …Trail of Dead’s considerable canon, Tao of the Dead will be remembered as a high point.

--Stephanie Burkett

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...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD Tao Of The Dead (Limited Edition) CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revolutionary Revival 8 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
It is an irony that perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the new Trail of Dead album is its willingness to revisit the most electrifying moments of the band's back catalogue. The ambitious inventiveness of 'Worlds Apart' is in evidence here, as is the 'shot in the arm' vivacity of 'The Century of Self'. However perhaps the most crucial touchstone for the album is the band's 2002 post-punk yet classic-rock statement, 'Source Tags and Codes.' The album contains barely a duff note or dull moment. As Allmusic has noted, its lacks pretentiousness 'mostly because it's so loud'. The album is the work of a band so full of confidence, both in themselves and in the power of guitars, that the casual listener is likely to be overwhelmed at first exposure. However, thankfully this is a work that compels repeated listens as much as certain other TOD releases have required them. A mature work by a band as self-consciously aware of the strengths of its past as it is boldly explorative of its future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album 6 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I totally agree with the other reviews, the best overall album i have listened to in ages, a truly all round great effort. Possibly the best TOD album to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of Dead turn the guitars back up! 22 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic record and a welcome return to Source Tags and Codes era noise! In fact, I would go as far as to say that this is their best yet. A perfect, mad fusion of punk and psychedelia, it grabs you and doesn't let go from start to finish. Utterly essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead certainty 20 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply an album that defies genres and superlatives. One of the best 'musical trips' I've ever been on. Totally subjective? Listen to it and believe....this is magnificent, awe-inspiring, life-affirming music [damn those superlatives!] Ghosts of the Stones, the Who, Rush and all that was great about what you remember was great breathe here for you, but with a 2011 sensibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And you will know this is excellent 20 Feb 2011
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Wow! Can't claim to have been be a big fan of this band - though enjoyed some of their previous stuff particularly the last one "Century of the self".

This is almost like a 3-way fight between space rock/prog and punk but a lot better than that sounds! The band said they were influenced by such classic albums as Hemispheres by Rush and the Yes albums Relayer/Close to the edge - not bad albums to be influenced by!

The first consists of the 35 minute blockbuster Tao of the dead and second one the 16 minute epic Strange news from another planet.

The first of these, Tao, has many catchy highlights - Pure radio cosplay, Summer of all dead souls and Weight of the sun ("YOU WILL PAY - THE HIGHER THAT YOUR SOAR") - can't stop playing the whole damn thing. As for the second track "strange news..." if you don't get a rush from the opening 2/3 minutes I'd check to see if you still have a pulse - I have it on repeat play - my 3 teenage kids love it too - so I can claim to be almost trendy!

The second disc is the first 35 minute track Tao conveniently split into 11 tracks makling it far more accessible. I wish Echolyn had done that for their excellent epic "Mei".

Final mention of the artwork + inside story - great - the story is really well written - an extract from a book being written by band member Conrad Keely.

This album shouldn't really work for my tastes - but I've had it on the cd player virtually non-stop for the last 2 weeks or so. Worth checking the clips from I-tunes to see if it has the same positive impact on you.

Excellent stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album for 2011 13 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have always been a fan of Trail of Dead. That said this album is truly my favourite ever. After the new promise of the excellent Century of Self,Tao of the Dead picks up where that left off and goes a step further. Prog Punk or Acid Rock call it what you will. I have recommended this to several friends who have bought it and loved it and wondered why they have never heard of this band. 7 albums and 17 years down the line TOD just keep on producing killer albums. They are the fore runners of modern rock music, a band loved by fellow musos but with only a cult following among listeners. Keely and Reece have surpassed their high standards with this one. Pure Radio Cosplay, The Wasteland and Ebb Away being my particular favourites at the moment. This is an album of very high quality and one which I will continue to play regularly without fear of ever it growing old as it's one of those rare beasts that gets better and better with each play!
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