- Vinyl (14 Feb. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Superball
- ASIN: B004HGBUR0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Tao of the Dead [VINYL]
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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.
Part One starts of slowly as the roller coaster car climbs the first up slope then we hear the muffled voice of Conrad Keely uttering "Let's Experiment Then" and suddenly it bursts into a crescendo of noise and you're on the first short downhill before slowing to allow the opening guitar chords of "Pure Radio Cosplay" to be heard. This is possibly the best song they've written for a long time with a roaring introduction which subsides in the middle before coming roaring back again as the car takes you up and down a series of ascents and descents.
Has TAO peaked too early? Not likely. After a bit of electronic tweakery we're back with the thundering opening to "Summer of All Dead Souls", this one doesn't let up at all and your car is rushing headlong at crazy speeds whooshing round bends, crashing its way through to a subdued ending which melds with the introduction to "Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave" which sees the car start to pick up speed again building to a tumultuous ending.
Next up is "Fall of the Empire" followed by "The Wasteland" both of which crash up and down with thunderous guitar chords like being on the flume with waves of water crashing back and forth over your head. Next up you're on the ghost train with "Spiral Jetty" whose screeching guitar finale sounds like the girls in the back of the car screaming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding album. I cant stop playing it. One of the best concept albums ive listened to. I love this band.Published 18 months ago by paulgarner
Just trying to get into this album right now so I hope it'll grow on me. Its perfectly ok, but usually i feel much more connected to the output of AYWKUBTTOD.... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by I. J. Davies
The opening track will leave you reeling. Anything after that is a bonus. Welcome back (in style) ...trail of dead. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by Mr. A. J. Quaeck
Having been a ToD fan since they released their self titled debut, I've followed them through the good (in my opinion their first three albums up to and including Source, Tags &... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2011 by T
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... Read morePublished on 13 April 2011 by ibrochow