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Prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria released their first album of a two part series, The Afterman, with The Afterman: Ascension. The second half of the series, The Afterman: Descension, is expected in February. Looking at Ascension as an individual album, Coheed and Cambria put forward a fine piece of art.
The great thing about Coheed and Cambria is they put out music for the simple joy of it, and not aiming to please any critics. They have their own unique style, and with powerful lyrics and awesome instrumentals, Coheed is one of the better bands around to date.
With The Afterman: Ascension, it showcases a couple hits, but to be truly appreciated, it must be listened to as a complete album. The album follows the story line of the comic book series, The Amory Wars, written by Coheed singer Claudio Sanchez. You have to appreciate the depth of the lyrics, and completion of an album to hold its own part in the telling of the story of the character Sirius Amory.
To get to the songs, there’s nothing to really complain about. Coheed and Cambria can release some real powerful tracks in songs such as “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute” and “Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher,” where Sanchez’s singing steps up on another level and really gets through to the listener, while showcasing some serious guitar shredding that Coheed and Cambria are so good at. They can also pull off the slower, more romantic in a way, songs such as “The Afterman” or “Subtraction.” There are the unique Coheed stylings in “Mothers of Men” and “Goodnight, Fair Lady,” as well as the plain oddity in a track such as “Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked.” They all play their part in The Afterman: Descension, and are all pretty much awesome.
These may not find their way to be chart-toppers, but they’re awesome in their own right. Claudio’s unique singing style, powerful Coheed instrumentals, and impressive lyrical content make Coheed and Cambria one of the better bands available today. I give the album a 4 out of 5, I recommend anybody interested to listen to the album as a whole in one sitting, and I’m looking very forward to the release of The Afterman: Descension in February.
Coheed and Cambria – “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute”: