Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The record is experimental in the truest sense, each of its tracks signifying a possible point of departure.
  2. Spin
    Trail of Dead temper their thrash with welcome doses of art rock. [Jun 2003, p.109]
  3. Alternative Press
    These five songs show the band branching off into some surprising directions. [Jun 2003, p.103]
  4. Filter
    The best element... isn't the driving guitars or relentless percussion, it's the ability to step up and actually better their sound. [#5, p.91]
  5. While The Secret of Elena's Tomb is over in less than 20 minutes, it's more impressive than what most bands do in an hour.
  6. As a whole, The Secret of Elena's Tomb is a compendium of many of the things Trail of Dead have been to date: provocative lyricists, well-honed musicians, and now film directors.
  7. Almost as solid as their last full-length, even as it makes a couple slight departures from their sound.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. yonmac
    Jan 19, 2005
    i greatly enjoyed this EP. being a musician myself, i felt so much genuin emotion in everysong. my least favorite song being number five.