For the last two weeks now I have been listening to Trail of the Dead trying to figure out what influences the sounds that comes out of their instruments. So far I have heard a little bit of The Strokes (but no kinky elements), Fall Out Boy (but no sense of confused emo-ism), and every song of theirs manages to remind me of the theme song from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Tao of the Dead is their newest album released in 2011 by the Texan Rock band. Featuring songs such as Pure Radio Cosplay and Fall of The Empire, which are great songs to get the rhythm going, if hanging out in a dark lonely bar is your style.
From a band that announces itself so dramatically I would like to have heard a little more power coming from the guitars, a little more force beating from the drums and a little more anger from the lead singer. Instead all I got was a whiny man at the microphones and an unenthusiastic drummer.
Pure Radio Cosplay cut off and died down every time I thought it was going to get to the good part. I don't particularly enjoy the hollow sounds of the instruments which seem as though they are being echoed from the bottom of a well.
They put themselves in the category of noise rock and that's the only truth I have gotten from this band, because what they are selling is just noise. There is no sense of adrenalin within their music. Where is the crazy?
I won't deny the fact that they're creative enough to have fooled me to buy the album with the amazing cover art as shown in the picture above.
But I'm not going to totally discredit these guys, because they definitely have done their homework behind each song. They have a sense of history. Yes, I will give them the honour of being one of the founding father to alternative rock, and they opened up the door for other bands to get casual, but I guess I just expected more of them.
Fall of the Empire is one of their best works within the last 15-16 years of their careers, which doesn't say much about the band. Though at long last, they have expressed everything that is worth expressing by a dare I say "soft" rock band. Although what makes this song different to the rest of their music is that they are not trying to portray rage but basically using the skills they have with their instruments to play something moving and beautiful and calming.