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A Revolutionary Revival, 8 Mar. 2011
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.