Post-hardcore weirdos ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead make a constant splurge of their structures and melodies, spilling their guts the way old prog rockers did. Their agreed-upon opus, Source Tags & Codes is an explosive record of bellowing dynamics and reverse-engineered hooks. Reissued through Interscope with bonus tracks and a nice etching.
Vinyl Double LP £23.99 5765639
180g vinyl, gatefold 2LP reissue on Interscope. Includes 3 bonus tracks, and an etching on Side 4.
- Includes download code
7/10 Jack 7th January 2018
On the first couple of listens, I was constantly reminded of early U2, and another band from a couple of decades ago, The Smithereens. Trail of Dead have a well crafted sound that is fresh, exciting and makes for a fun listen. I like the old-school drum kit and the wall of guitar sound, reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins. The vocals don't really stand out, but they don't detract, either. This disc does seem to lack a truly outstanding, instant-hit type of track; but tracks 1 & 2, and one of the last tracks, "Relative Ways", are probably the best.
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