...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Worlds Apart


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 29th, 2005 | 28 replies | 10,187 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Trail of Dead for short) had struck gold when they released their third album, "Source Tags and Codes". Having two very well received albums under their belt, "Source Tags And Codes" was the band's breakthrough. This year, the band released their latest album, "Worlds Apart".

The Band

Jason Reece - Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Conrad Keeley - Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Neil Busch - Bass, Samples
Kevin Allen - Guitar

With an album as close to perfection as "Source Tags And Codes", it's easy for one to wonder what Trail of Dead would get up to with the album's follower. Is the album a success? Definitely. Is it as good as "Source Tags and Codes"? No. Like "Source Tags and Codes", the enjoyment of the album doesn't really come with the first listen. However, after more than a few listens, the listener doesn't hear the same brilliance as "Source Tags and Codes" had. While the same thought and cleverness is there, the songs just aren't as good. The biggest difference is that this album has standout moments, while "Source Tags and Codes" was really just one big standout. So the album is very good on it's own but comes as a dissapointment when compared to the band's masterpiece.

Ok, so enough of the comparisons to "Source Tags and Codes". "Worlds Apart" is a solid fourth album and well worth looking into. The album's opener, "Ode To Isis" sounds like the band are marching to war. War on the rest of the music industry. Then the first real song, "Will You Smile Again" kicks in with an excellent intro, although the rest of the song isn't quite as good. There are some nice melodies and riffs all the way through the album, but the highlight is, no doubt the drumming. The drums are powerful on the level of someone like Dave Grohl and fit perfectly for every situation they are placed in. The vocals on this album are also excellent, coming off similar to the band Hope of The States but sounding very punk at the same time. The vocals aren't good in the most common sense, but if they were anything else, Trail of Dead would quite possibly fall flat on their faces. The strings and keyboards on the album are also used to great effect, similar to the Smashing Pumpkins.


The album has some excellent tracks and some not as excellent tracks. While quite reminiscent of earlier Trail of Dead songs, "Caterwaul" is no doubt the standout of the album while "Let It Dive" is a nice slower track, similar to "How Near How Far" from Source Tags, but possibly even better. The album's intro is indeed very interesting and is definitely worth a look.

It's hard to know what Trail of Dead were thinking with this new album. It seems that the same amount of effort that went into earlier efforts isn't present here, though it's easy to tell that the band worked hard on this album. This album won't be enjoyed much on first listen for fans of "Source Tags and Codes". However, after a few more listens, fans will grow to love this album as well. This album is no masterpiece, but it's certainly very, very good and while the band weren't able to better "Source Tags and Codes", theres no way in hell anyone can blame them for it. "Worlds Apart" is a worthy purchase and a fine start to 2005. Long live Trail of Dead. Good work boys.

Pros

- Great drumming
- Most songs are great
- THOSE vocals
- An excellent mix of sounds most bands in their field don't even dream of
- Cool intro

Cons

- It's hard not to be dissapointed after Source Tags was so perfect
- Some boring songs and interludes
- Takes effort

Reccomended Tracks

Caterwaul
Let It Dive
The Best
The Lost City of Refuge

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tangy zizzle
January 29th 2005



253 Comments


Nice.

I'll give an opinion of the album itself in a few days.

NineBitFable
January 29th 2005



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll have to agree with you on the amazing intro... its just incredible.

Luxor
January 30th 2005



166 Comments


I have Source Tags & Codes and one of the singers I don't like very much. Unfortunately, he sings on most of the tracks. He sings the first track (among many) on Source tags. If he sings for the most part on this album too, I'm not going to check it out.

ZEROthirtythree
January 30th 2005



234 Comments


Thanks for the review, I can't beleive I don't have this yet!!!!

musicisgood
February 2nd 2005



12 Comments


Good review. I agree for the most part, except I personally love "will you smile again for me." Good album but not quite their best.

Tapeworm
February 2nd 2005



118 Comments


I still don't have this, but i'm planning on buying it before I get anything else.

Well reviewed again.

Tangy zizzle
February 3rd 2005



253 Comments


Pretty dissapointed by this album actually.

The album lacks balls in my view. It just seems kinda stale and safe.

6.5/10.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 3rd 2005



2125 Comments


'twas a dissapointment for me also. I hope the next one is better.

Tangy zizzle
February 3rd 2005



253 Comments


Actually, since my last comment, I've listened to the album like 3 more times. I'm liking a lot more now.

I've seperated it from "source tags" and I'm enjoying it properly. It's a good album.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 4th 2005



2125 Comments


Good man, that's how it was for me too. I don't think I'll listen to it that much anymore though, because I got Source Tags.

incubliss
February 16th 2005



116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love the intro, it's incredible.

was in town, walking through shopping area, with this massive build up, and the scream, then the awesome "and you will know us by the trail of dead" and that awesome riff, and drums.

sexcellent.

libertine2020
February 19th 2005



21 Comments


I just bought this album today, though I'll admit I downloaded about half of it before it was released since I just couldn't wait. Of course it is a great album and I haven't decided whether I like it more than Source Tags and Codes yet. I'd give this a 4/5 rating since there are a few flaws, but overall it is a remarkably solid album, the highlights being Let It Dive, Caterwaul, A Classic Arts Showcase and the title track.

marcusthecat
February 27th 2005



8 Comments


Trail of Dead is such an amazing band! My Brother-in-law played a couple of shows with them when he was in a band called beachbuggy when he lived in england. I also got the honor of talking to Trail of Dead on the phone. they called my house to talk to my brother-in-law to see if he wanted to hang out with them some time. It was awesome.

Zesty Mordant
February 28th 2005



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when i was first listened to this album i was like "oh, dude....", but after another spin a few days later i was like "DUDE!!..."



ZEROthirtythree
March 6th 2005



234 Comments


I just got this album. I love the first song. The second track has a great intro, but it goes downhill after that. So far "World's Apart" is my favorite track.

"The Best" is also a good song.

But that'a only 4 songs I have any intrest in. Dissapointing album I think. Not a cd I would return by any means though.

Kid A
October 20th 2005



261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This whole album is awesome. It took me awhile to get into it, but now that I am I glad I got it.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 21st 2005



2125 Comments


Have you heard Source Tags and Codes before? Because it's way way better.

YDload
March 25th 2006



1207 Comments


This is a good review, bread (the other one for this album by "burton.and.gas" is terribly written). I like this album a lot, although it doesn't have as many great songs as Source Tags. "Caterwaul" and "A Classic Arts Showcase" are far and beyond the best songs on the album, and could even stand up against the best from their previous album.This Message Edited On 03.25.06

GenoahProject
September 6th 2006



11 Comments


This was a very good review, and for the most part i agreed with almost everything said. I wouldn\'t call sourcetags a masterpiece, because i dont think that Trail of Dead are Masters of music. It is an outstanding album, and this one is very good too. It was a bit of a dissapointment and i do find myself bored at some times, especially the third track witch sounds a bit too beatle like for my liking.
(oh yeah, All of their albums are worth picking up for the artwork in the booklet alone)This Message Edited On 09.06.06

SteelErectedb4you8er
September 2nd 2010



2612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just went back to listen to this record recently in a LOOOONG time, and man, it is superb. Every song on it, I really like a lot. I always really liked these guys and now I am going to have to give their more recent stuff a chance, which I did with So Divided.



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