Tao of the Dead [Bonus CD]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The sense of liberation that rejuvenated ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on The Century of Self, the band's first album on its own Richter Scale imprint, continues on The Tao of the Dead. Indeed, the way Conrad Keely and company flex their brains and muscles here, without any confines except the ones they make for themselves, makes The Century of Self feel like a dress rehearsal. It's easy to see why any other label might not want to take a risk on an album like this: it's divided into two parts, it's written in two specific tunings, and the album artwork is the first installment of Keely's steampunk graphic novel. Yet these are exactly the kinds of things ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The sense of liberation that rejuvenated ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on The Century of Self, the band's first album on its own Richter Scale imprint, continues on The Tao of the Dead. Indeed, the way Conrad Keely and company flex their brains and muscles here, without any confines except the ones they make for themselves, makes The Century of Self feel like a dress rehearsal. It's easy to see why any other label might not want to take a risk on an album like this: it's divided into two parts, it's written in two specific tunings, and the album artwork is the first installment of Keely's steampunk graphic novel. Yet these are exactly the kinds of things -- along with the music, of course -- that make the Trail of Dead special: they revel in grand sounds and grand concepts. But The Tao of the Dead is far from pretentious, mostly because it's so loud. From the opening blast of "Let's Experiment," the band's fusion of punk energy and prog rock fantasies on the first part of The Tao of the Dead is nearly flawless. "Pure Radio Cosplay" serves up a meta-critique of the death of rock radio that's as radio-friendly as any song they've released, riding a "Jumping Jack Flash"-style riff as it charges through the album's elaborate trappings like a bull in a china shop. "Summer of All Dead Souls" and "Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave" follow suit, delivering the heavy yet nimble rock the band perfected on Source Tags & Codes. Yet there's also plenty of variety, from "Weight of the Sun (Or the Post-Modern Prometheus)"'s bracing shanty rock to ballads like "The Wasteland" and "Ebb Away," which keep the tension of the album's louder moments. The album's second part, Strange News from Another Planet, is where the Trail of Dead truly unveil their devotion to prog rock. A 16-minute suite with five movements bridged by Krautrock-inspired interludes, it's much too driven to ever be called noodling as it spans the stormy "Know Your Honor" and "The Ship Impossible" to the shimmering power ballad "Rule by Being Just" and the fiery "Strange Epiphany." As well executed as the album's second part is, The Tao of the Dead might have been more dynamic without it -- but this is why the Trail of Dead call their own shots. This is another fascinating and unfashionable album from a band unwilling to cater to anyone's expectations except its own, and thriving because of it. [The album was also released with a bonus disc and an expanded installment of Keely's graphic novel.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Superball Music
  • UPC: 885417045628
  • Catalog Number: 70456
  • Sales rank: 338,157

Album Credits

Performance Credits
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Primary Artist
Chris "Frenchie" Smith Guitar, Vocals
Christina Velia Gurrola Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave McNair Mastering
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Producer
Elizabeth Paw Representation
Conrad Keely Artwork, Layout
Chris Coady Producer, Engineer
Chris "Frenchie" Smith Producer, Engineer
Asif Ahmed Management
Jason Buntz Engineer
Rosemary Carroll Representation
Tobias K. Groening Engineer
Rich Weiss Management
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