COHEED AND CAMBRIA

Heavy Alternative Rock • United States
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Coheed and Cambria are an American heavy alternative/progressive rock band formed in 2001 from the ashes of Shabütie in Hudson Valley, New York. Their style is a progressively inclined alternative hard rock with several metal elements in it. Given the many-sidedness of their style, the band have been described as both a hard rock band, a progressive rock band, a heavy metal band, post-punk, and an alternative metal band.

They are known for basing their entire lyrical universe on a science fiction story line called "The Armory Wars" which is also the underlying storyline of a comic book series and a novel, both of which were written by frontman Claudio Sanchez.
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COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Second Stage Turbine Blade album cover 3.30 | 18 ratings
The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Heavy Alternative Rock 2002
COHEED AND CAMBRIA In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 album cover 4.03 | 19 ratings
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Heavy Alternative Rock 2003
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness album cover 4.11 | 44 ratings
Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow album cover 3.93 | 22 ratings
Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow
Heavy Alternative Rock 2007
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Year of the Black Rainbow album cover 4.13 | 20 ratings
Year of the Black Rainbow
Heavy Alternative Rock 2010
COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Afterman: Ascension album cover 4.54 | 12 ratings
The Afterman: Ascension
Heavy Alternative Rock 2012
COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Afterman: Descension album cover 4.50 | 11 ratings
The Afterman: Descension
Heavy Alternative Rock 2013
COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Color Before the Sun album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
The Color Before the Sun
Heavy Alternative Rock 2015
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures album cover 4.08 | 2 ratings
Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Heavy Alternative Rock 2018

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA Kerrang! / XFM UK Acoustic Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kerrang! / XFM UK Acoustic Sessions
Heavy Alternative Rock 2006

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA Live at La Zona Rosa album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at La Zona Rosa
Heavy Alternative Rock 2004
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Live at the Starland Ballroom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Starland Ballroom
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Live at the Avalon, L.A. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Avalon, L.A.
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005
COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom
Heavy Alternative Rock 2006
COHEED AND CAMBRIA Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition album cover 5.00 | 3 ratings
Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition
Heavy Alternative Rock 2009

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A Favor House Atlantic
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005
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Welcome Home
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005
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The Suffering
Heavy Alternative Rock 2006

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures

Album · 2018 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Kingcrimsonprog
2018’s Unheavenly Creatures, (or to give it its full title ‘Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures’) is modern prog masters Coheed And Cambria’s 9th full-length studio album. It follows up from their 2015 record The Color Before The Sun, which departed from their Amory Wars concept album series, and Unheavenly Creatures sees the band return once more to their sci-fi comic book concept.

Don’t worry if you haven’t been following the story, which is already out of order with various prequels and side stories, as the songs are that catchy anyway you don’t have to follow the story as closely as some other concept albums. It’s a nice touch if you are paying attention, but the band have always been more than just a story, they aren’t a gimmick band and the music, vocals and sound have always been just as noteworthy as the concept.

Musically; The Color Before The Sun was also a bit of an evolution which saw some new territories covered, with big stadium rock riffs and bubblegum melodies. Unheavenly Creatures incorporates parts of that, while also leaning more on the style the band were going for on the two Good Apollo albums from 2005 and 2007.

The vocals, the production and lead guitars are all superb and continue the long tradition of interesting and memorable songs that are easy on the ear, but come across as progressive when you look at them more closely. The band have all the hooks of the catchiest pop punk bands, all the solos of the catchiest NWOBHM guitar masters and an ear for production that always makes them sound humongous. This album is no exception. Just listen to the powerful opener ‘The Dark Sentencer,’ when Claudio sings ‘‘Kiss your lover with that filthy mouth you fucking monster’’ you just want to scream along with it like you’re on top of a cliff in the November Rain video.

That being said, its not an instant album, in fact it is 79 minutes long, so there is quite a lot to get through and it can take a lot of spins to really sink your teeth in to, but there is a lot to love if you are willing to give it the time.

For a band who, in my opinion, haven’t released a bad album yet, it can be quite hard to make a recommendation to an outsider. That being said, the general public would seem to suggest Year Of The Black Rainbow and The Afterman Descension from 2010 and 2013 respectively are the band’s least impactful works, whereas the public would advise In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 and the lengthily titled Good Apollo, Tonight I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness (commonly just called ‘4’ or ‘Good Apollo’ for ease) are the ones to check out first… at this point I can’t really imagine not loving a Coheed album, but just in case, I would say don’t pick this as your first one. Pick up 3, 4 and Afterman Ascension at a minimum before getting this one.

Once you are an established fan though; this is not an album you want to miss. Some of these choruses will bounce around your head for days. Some of the guitar lines are as memorable as the average band’s choruses. The first four songs alone have more memorable moments than most albums. In fact, take any four songs in a row, the first four, the last four, any four in between. Even the slower moments like ‘Queen Of The Dark’ pop on this. If you want to dip your toes in, some of the highlights include ‘True Ugly,’ ‘All On Fire,’ ‘Toys,’ and ‘Unheavenly Creatures.’

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

Album · 2005 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Looking back at many reviews, it seems like this album is mostly getting an okay rep, but I think this album deserves 5 stars. I don't say that often at all, and I will explain just what led me to my decision.

Initially, actually, I didn't think much of the album. With each listen though, the album grew on me. While I'm sure that this album will disappear amongst my music list in the next month or so, every listen since I tried it 2 weeks ago has bounced this album to its essential ranking.

After my first listen, I was happy to give the album 3 stars as it really didn't do anything for me. However, by the 2nd listen and the 3rd listen, I was noticing epics such as the 4-part "The Willing Well" and the energy-filled "Welcome Home."

Then, by my 4th and 5th listen I was really digging more and more songs from the album. Particularly, "Always and Never" held high replay value for me. It reminded me of a short preview to Steven Wilson's song "Pariah." They both just felt like they should've been longer, but they weren't so I found myself replaying them over and over!

My 5th listen was mostly for the lyrics. The story seems exaggerated but valuable, though I'm partial as to whether I should buy the parallel graphic novels.

Finally, my next few 6th, 7th, and 8th listens were just really fun. The album isn't all that technical and it is very poppy. They move through concepts quickly, and all-in-all it makes the album very fun to listen to when looking for something to bounce around to. Very worth trying out!

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

Album · 2005 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Warthur
OK, to give Coheed and Cambria full credit, repackaging what is fairly standard progressive metal fare and selling it to the alternative rock crowd quite as effectively as they did with this album is no mean feat. The post-hardcore and emo influences that informed the band's early works are now dialled way down, to the point where they are discernible less as fully expressed musical approaches and more as a certain touch to the production aesthetic; scratch the surface of the packaging, though, and what you have here is essentially a rather boisterous performance of material which wouldn't be entirely out of place on one of the edgier, heavier Dream Theater albums.

COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Color Before the Sun

Album · 2015 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Kingcrimsonprog
The Color Before The Sun is the innovative American Prog/Punk/Rock/Metal hybrid band Coheed & Cambria’s eight full-length studio album, it was produced by the band and Jay Joyce (who also contributes some piano) and released in 2015.

That hybrid sound isn’t quite so pronounced this time around though. There’s nothing on here that’s as heavy as the band’s heaviest output, there’s nothing as progressive as the band’s most progressive moments, there’s nothing as fast as the band’s fastest moments. Nothing is so sugary or so lush as the band’s most grandiose ballads of yore. There’s no summery happy single. There’s no ‘Welcome Home’ or ‘No World For Tomorrow’ or ‘Domino The Destitute’ or ‘Sentry The Defiant’ type big smashing centrepiece either. Even Sanchez’s usually immensely emotional, evocative and expressive vocals are a bit more restrained. He’s usually singing about the most dramatic point in a character’s entire life, and Claudio can really make you feel that. Here he still has the talent and the signature style but the performance is a bit more held back, a foot off the gas pedal and less hair raising.

As an album; its very much Coheed on the ‘medium’ setting. As such, it took the album a bit longer to really click with me than usual… but click it did. I’ll admit, the very first time I heard this record in full I didn’t like it much and I could imagine it getting bad reviews from professional critics without the time to really let it sink in because of the fact its such a grower and it does take a bit of listening to reveal all its secrets and hidden depths. Its not even as if it’s a return to roots or going back to their early sound either because although its poppy and cheerful it doesn’t really sound much like Second Stage Turbine Blade either. It’s a bit more raw, honest, stripped back and realistic. The emotions are more human. If you’re willing to give it a chance, the quality’s absolutely there though.

The other big talking point about this record is that the lyrics are no longer conceptual or telling the Amory Wars story, but you’d be hard pressed to notice sometimes with all the mentioning of moons and planets and returning words and ideas the band always use like ‘home’ and ‘love’ etc. The band write about relationships, fatherhood, artistry and similar topics here, same as always in one way, just without the sci-fi angle. There’s some great memorable lines here, with ‘Ghosts,’ ‘Atlas’ and ‘The Audience’ being especially interesting.

The album also goes to town on lots of sing-along moments, there’s a real surplus of ‘woah ah ooooh’s and ‘da dada da’s. It seems like the band are compensating for the lack of power with pleasant smiley moments, and it works well. There’s also a few really sweet, enjoyable guitar lines that’ll stick in your head. Now, on top of that there are some seriously fun moments and memorable choruses; the opener ‘Island’ as well as the singles ‘Here To Mars’ and ‘You’ve Got Spirit, Kid’ in particular are all worth checking out. Another major highlight is the subtle and understated ballad ‘Ghost’ which has some different sounding vocals from Claudio.

Overall; this is a more mature, mid-paced, cohesive and restrained album from Coheed & Cambria. It isn’t as instant or dramatic or adventurous as some of the band’s back catalogue but it is enjoyable and it is worth your time. There’s just something very good about it, it is a real grower, its earthy and honest and it is just very well crafted and succinct with no filler and an absolute boatload of hooks. I recommend it to anyone who’s ever had an interest in the group.

COHEED AND CAMBRIA The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Album · 2002 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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aglasshouse
Unlike the other COHEED albums I absolutely adore, this one is probably my least favorite.

Being their debut, I can't blame the band for having not as much as their later gusto on this album. I still like it, however. The first time I heard the songs from this album was when I picked up my first album by them-their LIVE AT ZONA ROSA live EP, which I must say they made the songs sound really good. On this, they sound more like if Fall Out Boy got a sore throat coupled with a stroke.

The instrumentals are pretty impressive for them not really knowing what they were doing at the time. 'Everything Evil' and 'Delirium Trigger' show this most of all in my opinion.

Overall, I don't really favor the indie-sounding metal they tried to do in the beginning, but the sound is not absolutely horrible. SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE is good, but not my favorite.

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