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Secret Of Elenas Tomb Enhanced, EP


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  • Audio CD (April 1 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, EP
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00008NRKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mach schau
2. All Saints Day
3. Crowning of a heart
4. Counting off the days
5. Another morning stoner (video)
6. Relative ways (video)

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This 5 track EP isn't really essential, but if you're curious and have 5 or 6 bucks to throw around it may be worth your while. The first track sounds like textbook trail of dead, but isn't all that great a song to tell you the truth. The second song is, again, a textbook trail of dead song, but it seems to hold up better than the first track. The third track, "Crowning of a Heart", is a calm reflective piece which sounds like some of the latter tracks on ST+C. "Counting off the Days" sounds like Trail Of Dead covering a Sunny Day Real Estate (Rising Tide-era) song. The final track "Intelligence" is kind of a techno-ish departure from familiar Trail of Dead territory, perhaps indicating a new direction being taken on the next album? One of the great pluses to buying this EP is some great enhanced features on the disc which can be accessed by sticking the disc into a computer. Featuring some awesome artwork slides, a couple videos (live and otherwise), and some other little trinkets. Again, it's worth getting if you spot it and are curious, but chances are you don't really need this unless you're a collector.
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I . . I have a problem. The first time I listened to "Source Tags and Codes," I was hooked. I couldn't stop listening. But, you know, the highs just aren't high enough after awhile. You need something new to really get you up to your previous levels of listening enjoyment again. Then, I almost went into cardiac arrest when I saw this E.P.. I thought I had it bad before, but now it's even worse. This is the only CD I listen to. I haven't stopped for almost six months. SIX MONTHS! I can't help it. "Counting off of the Days" . . . it's just so beautiful. "Machu Machu" is so much fun. "Intelligence" is just so incredibly entrancing while at the same time it makes you scream and dance. One time, I was listening to it while driving. When I looked up I didn't even KNOW WHERE I WAS! And that's not even the worst of it. "All Saint's Day?" Sometimes, I hit repeat three, four times. I know it's sad, but I can't help it. I love it. Thank you.
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Firstly, if you are reading this review and have little knowledge of the Trail of Dead, but are keen to purchase something because you've heard some good things, I warn you, do not purchase this cd. Immediately go to "Source Tags and Codes", purchase that, listen on repeat for a week and then no doubt you will want to purchase every other cd released by ToD. This new EP being a good place to start.
Whilst it doesn't have the brilliant melding of songs and intricate song structures as on "Source Tags" there is plenty here to get yourself pumped for the next release. Being only a 5 song EP it was always going to be hard to produce a fully cohesive "album" whilst appealing to old fans and still developing into something new, however I think the ToD have done as good a job as could be expected (although the album art is a little disappointing, especially after the brilliant cover to Source Tags that seems to grow and develop into something else, much like many of the songs).
Track 1: Mach Schau: definitely a true ToD song, heavy and hard hitting, with the usual tempo shifts, slow guitar lines that evolve into a hard hitting chorus before easing up for just long enough for you to catch your breath before flinging you straight back into the fire. A great opener, and a very fine song.
Track 2: All St. Day: another fine rocker which is in much the same vein as some of the softer more mellow "rock" songs off Source Tags. More of a "How Near, How Far" or "Relative Ways" style single material song.
Track 3: Crowning of a Heart: This songs just flows straight through beautifully from the end of "All St Day".
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By A Customer on June 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love this E.P. While everyone has to be stupid and critical becuase of the diversity of the tracks, I feel this E.P. delivers. "Mach Schau" is the best opener, and has a great raw intro and a hard hitting chorus. It's nice and gritty and one awesome song. All St. Day is good too, yes, the intro is too much like Sonic Youth's awesome "Dirty Boots" but the actual song part is great and new for TOD. "Mach Schau" along with the excellent "Crowning of A Heart" are the highlights for me though. "Crowning of a Heart has the best vocal harmonies these guys could pull off and cool electric guitar strumming. The acoustic song is okay, but not really my deal. THe elctroclash type song "Intelligence" is cool in it's departure from the rest of the songs and is a cool thing to have on disk. However, to me the meat of the E.P. is the first 3 songs. Buy it and listen, I mean for my 6.98 or whatever I felt I got my money's worth. If you will excuse me I must go listen...
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The Secret of Elena's tomb finds the Austin-based band in a melancholy mood. Most of the songs are in a slower tempo than much of Source Tags and Codes, think "How Near, How Far" and "Relative Ways." Musically, the E.P. is fuller and richer sounding than the previous full length, but you could imagine it being the logical step to the strings at the end of Source Tags. Indeed, "Crowning of a Heart" and "Counting Off the Days" rely on strings. Not to say the E.P. doesn't have moments of rock--"Mach Schau" is classic mixed tempo Trail of Dead and "All a Day" betrays some almost "heavy metal" screeching. In the E.P. the band also moves away from wearing their influences on their sleeves, although if you like Sonic Youth & My Bloody Valentine you won't be dissapointed. The most experimental song is the last, "Intelligence," and it may be controversial among fans, using an electronica beat and lots of layering to create their most complex sound to date. I like the song and it's getting some radio-play in L.A., so that's good for a band that deserves recognition. If I had to describe it I'd say Disintegration-era Cure mixed with My Bloody Valentine with a hint of Nine Inch Nails. It'll be interesting to see if "Intelligence" represents a tangent, or is a new direction for the band.
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