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Your Favourite Enemies - Between Illness And Migration album review

Album Review

Abundant, if scattershot, musicality from …Trail Of Dead heads.

Fresh from a stint as Conrad Keely’s backing band, and citing everything from Fugazi (the punk band) to Noir Désir as an influence, the scale of ambition involved in this Canadian six-piece’s fourth album (released in deluxe, expanded form here) is clear. However, the pursuit of these sprawling musical threads sometimes exposes a band struggling to pin down its identity. They’re at their best when they relax into the expansive experimentation of Satsuki Yami (My Heartbeat) and Anyone, taking prompts from Explosions In The Sky’s soaring, euphoric post-rock, Tool’s structured prog-metal riffing and chucking in elements of shoegaze, psych and math rock.

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