Day 18: …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags & Codes

18 Mar

Relative Ways

I always figured that …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead were a metal band of some sort.  Their name is on the same stupidity level as many of the awful metalcore bands out there, bands like Bullet for my Valentine, Escape the Fate, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Killswitch Engage, Suicide Silence, and countless others.

Others like blessthefall, Attack Attack!, A Skylit Drive, The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For a Cowboy, and Bring Me the Horizon.

I think I’ve made my point.

I thought I was doing myself a favor by not listening to Trail of Dead, saving myself from repetitive chugging power chords, awful, faux-emotional lyrics, flippy hair, and crabcore.  Turns out, I was keeping myself from listening to an awesome rock band, devoid of a “core” attached to the end of their genre.

Source Tags & Codes is an interesting album. Trail of Dead pull all kinds of things together to create a sound all their own.   Strings blend beautifully with delicate guitars at points, showing the hope that lies in the album.  There’s plenty of anger and destruction present as well.  Songs like Days of Being Wild show how frustrated and mad lead singer Conrad Keely can get, and are pretty relatable.  I also like how his delivery changes frequently throughout the album.  At some points, he talks his lyrics, at others, he sings, while some are screamed at the top of his lungs.  It keeps the album interesting; you never really know what direction he’s going to take next.

I have to stop judging bands by their name.  I’ve avoided Trail of Dead’s music for a long time now, just because I associated them with metalcore bands.  It’s not fair to me, as I deprived myself of some great music.  Who knows what other music I’ve missed out on just because of a stupid band name.

Thanks to various band shirts, eavesdropped conversations, and Facebook posts of Evanston Township High School students, as well as the “metalcore” tag on  I couldn’t have put that list together without ya.


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