... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided (Interscope) Their name comes from a Mayan war chant and while Trail of Dead retain some of the indie rock aggression that made their blood-spattered early gigs famous, So Divided also shows the lads moving further away from their original sound. Their fourth major label release boasts blues, pop, prog rock, tribal drumming as well as the anthemic heavy indie rock which made their name. When it works it makes for a lively album too teeming with ideas to restrict itself to a single concept. When it doesn't, the lack of focus suggests the boys need a guiding hand. Opener Stand in Silence is classic Trail of Dead - crashing drums into ringing rock guitars though Conrad Keeley's voice sounds a little lost. Wasted State of Mind has a reggae underscore and frenetic drums before morphing into pop and ending, somewhat bizarrely with an accordion. Naked Sun and the title track get it right. Pounding drums, electric guitar and enough cymbal smashes to get your head banging appreciatively, with the bonus on Naked Sun of a brass section going mad at the end. Trail of Dead haven't gone the maligned emo route followed by many bands recently, but they have joined their Texan brothers the Mars Volta and British stadium-fillers Muse in indulging in prog rock on tracks such as Life and they seem to have gone totally Polyphonic Spree in their cover of Guided by Voices' Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen. Sunken Dreams opens with Cure-like hollow echoing drums and Keeley delivers pained vocals that even manage to sound like Robert Smith. Trail of Dead are underrated, but it's debatable whether this mixed bag will endear them to established fans or attract new ones.