…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Century of Self

Album review for The Skinny

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Century of Self

Things haven’t gone so well for experimental Texan rockers …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Last album So Divided was leaked a month before its release, they parted company with label Interscope, and if Wikipedia is to be believed, guitarist Kevin Allen was arrested on New Year’s Eve for destroying a Guitar Hero set-up in a bar after “failing to achieve a perfect score”.

But some artists thrive on misfortune, and Trail of Dead are no exceptions. Always known for pushing further in one song than some bands do in a career, The Century of Self is a work of Himalayan scale. Far Pavilions takes us back to punky Madonna territory before slowing to a stately chorus and scatterbomb drums, while Isis Unveiled, a caterwauling Celtic reel, pays heed to singer Conrad Keely’s Irish roots.

Throw in a few heartrending piano ballads of Inland Sea’s calibre and you have an album that may not get a perfect score, but reaffirms Trail of Dead’s role as rock’s dark trailblazers.

Rating: 4/5

The Century of Self is released on 23 Feb through Superball Records

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead play Oran Mor, Glasgow on 17 April

www.trailofdead.com

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