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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Formed: 1998
From: Austin, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Pit Stories: The Sacrificial Dagger

Every Tuesday we have musicians from across the rock and metal spectrum share their most memorable mosh pit stories, covering everything from frisky show goers to ill-timed stage dives.

In nearly all circumstances a knife in the pit is a very, very bad idea (just ask Cattle Decapitation!), but in today's story from The Black Lantern, a knife ends up being a sacrifice to the altar of rock:

We grew up playing in bands and going to shows where the unspoken rule was something along the lines of, "if there isn't a pit, then the show ain't shit." The kind of shows where people looked at the resultant knee surgery they had to get as a badge of honor. As a performer, it's the ultimate thrill to see a pit stoke up, and as a concert goer, it feels good knowing that chaos is still a part of rock and roll.

While the Deafheaven and Refused shows we have attended had pits that were beyond our reach, in late 2012 ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead got us involved, whether we liked it or not. They are a huge influence on our band for the very fact that they embody a form of chaotic glory that is often lost in today's music world. When we saw them at the Echoplex, Jason Reece sung songs while participating in the pit himself. Andy stood at the back of the pit and held it in, while Jesse was closer to the stage with his back to it.

We kept each other in sight, occasionally giving the, 'this-is-fuckin-awesome-but-maybe-someone-will-die' glance. Then Andy noticed Jesse was out of sight. Some revelers perfectly executed the "sweep the leg" maneuver simply by falling into Jesse. When he got up, he and another guy were looking right at each other, and then at the knife in the other guy's hand. They both exchanged expressions that equally said "is this yours...what the hell do we do with this?" Coming to no reasonable answer, they decided to place it on the stage, as if it was a sacrifice placed on the Altar of Rock.

While no attention was paid to the knife thereafter, it seemed the sacrifice worked. For the encore Trail of Dead played "Richter Scale Madness," the first song from their first album (and the blueprint for all that they would do). The crowd responded to such greatness by flooding the stage. Reece had drumming duties, but was still returning to the stage from the pit. So a fan sat down and joined in. With at least 50 people on stage, it was impossible to see the transition from fan to Jason, and it was all of a sudden even more crazy on stage than the pit itself. The line between chaos and control was perfectly blurred, and the band guided us through blazingly.

The Black Lantern's "We Know The Future" album is out now and can be picked up at Bandcamp here or streamed in the player below. More...

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...AYWKUBTTOD Posts New Video

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is celebrating the release of "IX" in Europe today with the launch of a brand new video for the track "The Ghost Within." Watch it below, courtesy of Amazon Music.

The album will follow in the U.S. on the 10th of November. The band is also set to hit Europe on tour next month with Your Favorite Enemies and Midnight Masses. Dates are available after the video clip.

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...AYWKUBTTOD Streaming New Song

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is set to release new album "IX" in Europe on the 20th October and the U.S. on the 11th of November.

Following last week's debut of the track "The Ghost Within," the band can now reveal another side to the album with "A Million Random Digits." Listen in at ConsequenceOfSound.net here.

The band had this to say about the track: "A Million Random Digits - the title stolen from a book I found on one of those shelves in a guest house where backpackers are supposed to leave a book when they take one.

"Fortunately I'm not a backpacker so I'm not obligated to leave anything if I take one - which is also how I got a copy of Balthazar Gracian's Art of Worldly Wisdom (in it Gracian recommends allowing yourself one vice, and mine is stealing useful things like books). The lyrics were inspired by the Viking series I'd recently watched on the History Channel - actually I watched a pirated copy (yet another vice) because we don't get the History Channel out here.

"I felt a sense of connection to the idea of the Northmen being away from family while going a-raiding, similar to being away from family while working on a record - you end up killing about the same amount of people as well."

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...AYWKUBTTOD Announces New Album Release

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is set to release new album "IX" in the U.S. on November 10th and in Europe on October 20th.

Today the band reveals a first new track off the album, titled "The Ghost Within." Check it out below thanks to Stereogum.com. Catch the band live on these dates:

3-Nov Germany, Marburg - KFZ
4-Nov Switzerland, Bern Reitschule-Dachstock
5-Nov Switzerland, Winterthur - Salzhaus
6-Nov Switzerland, Luzern - Konzerthaus Schuur
7-Nov Austria, Linz - ahoi! Pop Festival (Posthof)
8-Nov Switzerland, Laufen - Biomill
9-Nov Germany, Munich - Ampere
10-Nov Germany, Berlin - Bi Nuu
11-Nov Germany, Hamburg - Knust
12-Nov Germany, Cologne - Gebaude 9
14-Nov UK, Glasgow - The Art School
15-Nov UK, Coventry - Kasbah
16-Nov UK, Manchester - Ruby Lounge
17-Nov UK, London - Dingwalls
18-Nov UK, London - Dingwalls
20-Nov Germany, Hannover - Café Glocksee
21-Nov Germany, Bielefeld - Forum
22-Nov Netherlands, Eindhoven - Speedfest
23-Nov Belgium, Brussels - VK
24-Nov France, Paris - La Maroquinerie More...

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Trail Of Dead Launches Imprint Label

Billboard.com reports: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Justice Records, which is distributed by Fontana/Universal.

The band's next album is due in January 2009 and was co-produced by longtime collaborator Mike McCarthy and Chris "Frenchie" Smith. According to a spokesperson, Trail Of Dead was intent "on creating a more anthemic record" this time around.

Footage from the recording sessions can be found on Trail Of Dead's Web site.

The band left Interscope following its third album for the label, 2006's "So Divided," which has sold just 26,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Trail Of Dead's 2002 label debut, "Source Tags & Codes," has shifted 124,000.

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Dethklok To Open For ...AYWKUBTTOD

DETHKLOK — the stars of the animated Cartoon Network "Adult Swim" program "Metalocalypse" — will open for ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD on their U.S. tour in the fall. This Adult Swim-backed trek will include free shows at 12 U.S. colleges (open to the public) beginning on October 29, although the tour schedule for has not been announced.

On September 25, Adult Swim will unleash the brand-new CD from DETHKLOK on an unsuspecting public. "Dethalbum" features several full-length songs from Adult Swim's most metal animated series "Metalocalypse" plus all-new tracks.

To coincide with the premiere of the second season of "Metalocalypse" on Adult Swim and release of "Metalocalypse Season 1" on DVD, a regular and a deluxe CD edition of "Dethalbum" will be released. The deluxe edition will include a second disc featuring seven even more brutal tracks, the animated video for the utterly brutal single "Bloodrocuted", and the premiere episode from Season 2 of "Metalocalypse".

"Dethalbum" track listing:

Disc 1 (Regular and Deluxe Editions):

01. Murmaider
02. Go Into the Water
03. Awaken
04. Bloodrocuted
05. Go Forth and Die
06. Fansong
07. Better Metal Snake
08. The Lost Vikings
09. Thunderhorse
10. Briefcase Full of Guts
11. Birthday Dethday
12. Hatredcopter
13. Castratikron
14. Face Fisted
15. Dethharmonic
16. Deththeme

Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition ONLY):

01. Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle
02. Blood Ocean
03. Murdertrain A Comin'
04. Pickles Intro
05. Kill You
06. Hatredy
07. Dethklok Gets in Tune
* Video for "Bloodrocuted"
* Episode from Season 2

Created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, "Metalocalypse" follows the on- and off-stage adventures of DETHKLOK, an incredibly talented and insanely popular Norwegian heavy metal band. DETHKLOK boasts the lineup of vocalist Nathan Explosion (lyrical visionary), Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth (two of the fastest guitarists alive), bassist William Murderface and drummer Pickles — the soul of the band. Not really.

"Dethalbum" features a guest appearance by legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT). He previously stated about the CD, "What a killer metal record! I can't wait for everyone else to hear it, and since it has now been slated for a September 25th release, that is now gonna be sooner than later, especially with leakage. And yes, it appears that we are going on tour with it as well! The logistics are being worked on as we speak, but it looks like it's gonna be a real killer, multi-media show. I'm looking real forward to that, I've even suspended the booking of a ton of clinics to clear my schedule to be available."

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...AYWKUBTTOD New Track Online

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's new track "Wasted State Of Mind" has been made available online here.

The groups new album "So Divided" is set for a November 14th release date via Interscope.

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