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Product details

  • Vinyl (14 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Superball
  • ASIN: B004HGBUR0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. a. Introduction: "Let's Experiment" (2:24)
  2. B. Pure Radio Cosplay (5:26)
  3. c. Summer of All Dead Souls (4:17)
  4. D. Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave (2:51)
  5. E. Fall of the Empire (2:28)
  6. F. The Wasteland (2:33)
  7. G. Spiral Jetty (1:48)
  8. H. Weight of the Sun (or the Post-Modern Prometheus) (2:19)
  9. I. Pure Radio Cosplay (Reprise) (3:18)
  10. J. Ebb Away (2:41)
  11. K. The Fairlight Pendant (5:44)

Disc: 2

  1. L. Tao of the Dead Part two: Strange News From Another Planet (16:32)
  2. M. Know Your Honor
  3. N. Rule by Being Just
  4. O. The Ship Impossible
  5. P. Strange Epiphany
  6. Q. Racing and Hunting

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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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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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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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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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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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This album is like a series of roller coaster rides it has so many magnificent ups and downs, scary bits and plenty of thrills. It'll slow down then when you think you're catching your breath it goes into overdrive again and you're hanging on to the edge of your seat for dear life.
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.
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