Review #29: … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – IX

Artist – … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Album – IX

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/33iWiBJ3nnJmO8gPxw4scK

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are an American alternative rock band from Texas, Comprised of the two band leaders Jason Reece and Conrad Keely. The band cite themselves as being inspired by bands and artists as varied as Rush, Public Enemy, Led Zepplin and Vivaldi (to name just a few). And You Will Know Us are known for their dramatics in their recorded music, being epic sounding with a lot of instrumentation, and dramatics on stage, being very energetic and often ending a gig with less equipment than they began with. And You Will Know Us now release their 9th full album with ‘IX’.

IX doesn’t disappoint on the grand scale of music this band like to create, every typical rock band instrument sounding massive with the synth to add depth and a clash of texture. Theres an excellent us of dynamics throughout the whole album, a few songs starting slow ,’How To Avoid Huge Ships’ for example, then gradually rising in volume and aggression, ending in an epic climax at times or a slow fade out. Each track flows into the next through clever use of similar melodies or chord changes, which allows each song to feel different from the previous, but also has the album feel like a single creation rather than a bunch of contrasting tracks. As always the band stick to their style of experimental music, but not too experimental that it isn’t accessible to everyone. Every musician that contributed has put forward a great performance, including quick and booming drums, complex bass lines and catchy but technical melodies from the guitar.

Reviewing a lot of album can at times feel a long tiring task, especially when each song drags on and you feel like the album isn’t going to end … this is not one of those albums. Definitely have a listen.

9/10

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