..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self

..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - The Century of Self

..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - The Century of Self

“The Century of Self” is being billed by the press machine’s of, “..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead”, as their return to glory. After the group released “Source Tags & Codes” in 2002 the general consensus was that Trail of Dead was going to be a significant power in the music industry for years to come. What followed were two very generic and uninspiring albums in “Worlds Apart” (2005) and “So Divided” (2006). After a split from Interscope Records in mid 2007 hopes were high that this was a signal that Trail of Dead would try to re-capture the scream-drenched, yet melodic wall of sound, which had endeared fans back in 2002.
“The Century of Self” is better than the last two releases, but whenever I hear the labels start to spin that a band is trying to re-create a sound from their past, I usually anticipate uninspiring results. This album serves as another affirmation of that feeling.
“The Century of Self” doesn’t lack big sound; the vocals of Conrad Keely, Jason Reece, and the rest of the group don’t jump out as a weak point either. That seems to be the problem with this effort as a whole; nothing ever really grabs your attention. After the last two releases which have been described as vanilla, and unimaginative, my expectations were that for better or worse “The Century of Self” would be something divergent from that mold.
While I do feel that this release could someday serve as a watermark of where Trail of Dead started to reverse a bad trend of releases, I don’t think that “The Century of Self” has re-captured any faded glory that Trail of Dead fans desperately wanted back. This seems like an album you periodically listen to for 6-8 weeks before it finds itself lumped into the minutia of your music catalog.

..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - The Century of Self, reviewed by Big Ben on 2009-02-22T19:47:04+00:00 rating 3.1 out of 5



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