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Coheed and Cambria, Between The Buried and Me, and Russian Circles Take Over House of Blues Boston for First Night of a Two Night Stand

Around 7pm on Thursday night Lansdowne st.  was packed with people excited to see Coheed and Cambria play the First night of their sold out two night tenure at the House of Blues, Boston. You could feel the excitement in the air as the venue filled up quickly, as they waited for the band Russian Circles to hit the stage.

Russian Circles hit the stage at about 8pm with a loud droning sound that echoed around the venue. They then played through their set that consisted of their songs, “Harper Lewis,” “Geneva,” and “Death Rides a Horse.” Their set was very minimalistic in terms of the lights, but the music is far from minimalistic and very intriguing.

IMG_0728Between The Burried and me Came on next, and this is when the venue started to liven up. They started out with their song “Astral Body” from the bands sixth and latest studio album,  The Parallax II: Future Sequence. The band then launched into “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” one of their heavier songs from their latest album.  They then played “Ants of the Sky” a track form one of my favorite albums, Colors. They followed that up by playing another song from Colors entitled,  “Prequel to the Sequel” which is just an amazing song compositionally. They finished up their set with the songs “Extremophile Elite” and “Selkies: The Endless Obsession.”

Next up was the headliner, Coheed and Cambria. The band took the stage and proceeded to deliver a great set starting with the song “Prelethal” which featured the bands mastermind, Claudio Sanchez on Ukulele. The band then launched into my favorite song off their latest “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant.” The band really seemed tight on this song, and that tight pocket would continue through the rest of the evening.

“Favor House Atlantic” from the bands 2003 album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. This has been one of my favorite songs since the beginning of my pilgrimage into Coheed fandom. The band performed the song very well, and it was very nice to hear this song from the bands earlier days.  This was quickly followed by the bands song, “Goodnight, Fair Lady,” which was performed with great energy. Next up was the apocalyptic “No World for Tomorrow” from the album of the same name. This song is one of my favorites by the band and let me just say that they did not disappoint a loyal fan. The band then played another song from the In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 called “The Crowing” which for a long time fan was also great.

The band then played three songs from their latest albums first was “Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher,” which was followed by “Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful.“ These two songs were received well by the crowd, especially for two new songs. The last was the song “The Afterman,” which was followed nicely by “Here We Are Juggernaut” from the bands 2010 album, Year of The Black Rainbow. This was followed by another one of the bands newer tracks, “Dark Side of Me.”

Coheed then played the epic, “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” which was probably one of the best songs of the night. The band left the stage and the room darkened, Fans started to chant part of “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,” in hopes that the band would return, which they did. Sanchez came out with an acoustic guitar and played the great song “Wake up” wone of the most balled like songs out of the bands discography. This was followed by the sounds of “The Hollow” and then the band played the song “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute” which was received by fans.

As fans cheers got louder fans knew what time it is, and that is time for the bands best crowd pleaser, “Welcome Home” from the album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness to close their set. Which was a little off due to technical issue, but these were quickly fixed, and the show ended on a good note.

-B. Harlow

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Coheed and Cambria Release Latest installment in their Amory Wars saga with ‘The Afterman: Descension (Vol. 2.)’

Today Coheed and Cambria released the latest installment of their Amory Wars saga with The Afterman: Descension (Vol. 2) the second part of their double album The Afterman. The first half of the album which was released in October and in one week, Coheed sold nearly 50,000 copies, scoring the album the #5 spot on Billboard. Now as I mentioned this album is part of the Amory Wars saga, but in this review I will not be covering how this album fits into the story line. Instead I will be looking into the spectacular tracks that are featured on this volume.

Hello Apollo, Where should I begin? The Afterman: Descension starts off with the track “Pre-Lethal” which starts off with a nice intro that has a very mystical feel that almost felt like Rush. Then at the 1:15 the song picks up and goes in a heavier direction that sounds a lot like the bastard love child of Genesis and Iron Maiden. The next track, “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant” is my favorite track on the album. It also was the first song I heard when the band released an acoustic demo of the song on YouTube last year. The song which starts out with an acoustic guitar then the whole band kicks in, and you get taken away into the marvelous track. I also love the production on this song as it is very clear, but you can also hear the human imperfections throughout. I also particularly liked the punchy bass tone that is often not found in modern progressive music.

The next song was called “The Hard Sell,” and honestly I can tell you this track was a hard sell. It couldn’t decide what genre it was. Was it Funk? Was it rock? Was it Metal? I honestly could not tell you. But all the wrong doings of “The Hard Sell” were taken away when I heard the next track, “Number City.” It had a really poppy feel to it, but at the same time it wasn’t empty calories like most pop songs. I particularly liked the way the band used programing throughout the track to texture it.

“Gravity’s Union” is the fifth track on the album. At first I thought the song was a demo from a really bad garage band, but then Claudio Sanchez’s voice came in and I knew it was Coheed, and by the chorus I could tell the song was back to traditional production value. “Away We Go” is the next track that I really enjoyed, and let me tell you this reminded me a lot of Asia and 80’s Genisis in the intro and the instrumental breaks. I liked this song a lot and would put it as one of the top songs on the album.

“Iron Fist” kicks off the last third of the record, and let me tell you the title of the song was very deceiving as it was not a heavy song at all, but a folk guitar piece with the band layered on top.  Next up came “Dark Side of Me” and this was the track that really sold the album for me, as it is just a pure slice of Coheed and Cambria, and to the fans of the band I think you’ll enhoy this track due to the familiarity of the formatting.  This track is followed by the closer, “2’s My Favorite 1” which sounds like it belongs on a Fall Out Boy album at first, but again Claudio’s voice brings it back to Coheed and Cambria territory, but this is not a big grandiose ending I was expecting. I was expecting something like “The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut,” but to this wish there was no answer.

Be sure to check out Coheed and Cambria’s latest installment in their Amory Wars saga with The Afterman: Descension (Vol. 2.) I promise that you will not be disappointed especially with tracks like, “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant” and “Dark Side of Me.” This is the final cut.

-B. Harlow

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The Afterman: Descension (Vol. 2)

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Coheed & Cambria’s new Track, “Dark Side of Me”

Yesterday via Conan O’Briens official website Coheed and Cambria released their latest song, “Dark Side of Me.”  The song is part of The Afterman and will be released on The second volume, The Afterman: Descension  which will be released in February. The first volume, The Afterman: Ascension, was released October 9, 2012. These two volumes are both part of the Amory Wars saga that comprises all of Coheed and Cambria’s discography.

When I first heard “Dark Side of Me” I enjoyed the intricate and delicate finger picked intro. Claudio Sanchez’s vocals come in next and his falsetto is so unique that it is instantly recognizable.  The song builds to a chorus, and this is when the band shines with their skill when it comes to arrangements as the instrumental accompaniment is very intricate with multiple parts that fit the mood well. The only thing I could think of adding would be a guitar solo, but that his neither here nor there.

Overall I’m okay with the track, but I hope that their album packs a certain punch that this was missing.

-B. Harlow

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Coheed & Cambria Release Latest Installment to The Amory Wars Saga, ‘ The Afterman: Ascension’

Coheed and Cambria released the latest installment to their career-long Amory Wars story arc with their new album, The Afterman: Ascension, which is being released today. Let me just say that I’m a huge Coheed and Cambria fan, and with that being said I’m sure you can tell how excited I was for this album to drop. Let me also point out that as a Coheed and Cambria fan I also know the Amory Wars storyline, but will not touch on that or how this new addition to the story affects the major plot lines.

The album starts off with the intro track, “Hollow.” This is a very melancholy opening track that consists of a piano, keys, and a spoken track. The album really starts off however with the track “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino The Destitute” this track happens to also be the first song I heard about a month ago when a music video was released. I have to say musically I enjoy the track especially the odd intro and the Iron Maiden influenced guitar part. Claudio Sanchez’s vocals however are what makes this track spectacular as he sores above the band.

The title track is up next, and I have to say that “The Afterman” is an odd song. Musically it feels as if it could be found on a U2 album, but vocally it sounds like Sanchez’s lower register voice. Eventually the song builds up to a less than grandiose conclusion. This however is corrected by the next track, “Mothers of Men” which starts off with a very Rush influenced riff, which I enjoyed. I enjoyed Sanchez’s vocals on the tracks especially when he gets harmonized by a female vocalist. I also enjoyed the riffs that went on throughout the song, as they were technical, but did not overdo it.

“Goodnight Fairlady” is the next track, and I enjoyed this track a lot. I found it to fall somewhere between their songs, “Feathers” and “Ten Speed.” Lyrically Sanchez does something interesting when he addresses the listener. The guitar tones on this track are spectacular, at times it sounds as if Brian May were on the record. Next up is the song “Key Entity Extraction II: Hollywood The Cracked” this song is very interesting, and brings in many new thing especially this new heavy bass sound that I enjoyed. The song slithers along and has a very lucid feel. The track ends with some odd soundtrack like samples, but hey it’s Coheed and Cambria.

Next up is the “Key Entity Extraction III: Vic The Butcher.” This song is great, and consists of an opening riff that is accompanied by what sounds like an army marching down a street. This then gets followed by the drums of Josh Eppard. The song then intensifies with Stever and Sanchez showing their rhythm chops. The song the song ends in an odd sci-fi part. The next track is entitled “Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria” this starts with an odd reverb driven guitar part, but then Sanchez’s vocals come in and draws the listener’s attention. I have to say the arrangement of the song is very experimental, but I enjoyed it.

The final track on the album is entitled “Subtraction” and this is a nice track that starts off with a nice sample, but a nice acoustic guitar comes in, and makes the listener go to a very serene place that is only penetrated by Sanchez’s vocals.

This album is not for the casual listener of progressive music, but would simply delight the pallet of someone who is very much in to progressive rock.  The Afterman: Ascension is a good album, but will not delight everyone, but I encourage people to take a listen.

-B. Harlow

Check out the music video for “Domino The Destitute” below:

 

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What I’ve Been Listening to:

Gotye- ‘Somebody I Use To Know’(Geffen) : Taking musical and visual cues from Sting and Peter Gabriel, Gotye released a great song that is very vocally driven and soft. The song also has a great music video that you should check out.

Jonathan Wilson- ‘Gentle Spirit’(Bella Union): This song is the title track from Wilson’s 2011 album. The song is a beautifully composed track that sounds like a mix of Elliot Smith, CSNY, and John Lennon’s solo work. Check out the live version of this song below.

Coheed & Cambria- ‘April Come She Will’(Columbia): This is a great cover of the Simon & Garfunkel tune. Coheed’s lead singer Claudio Sanchez has a great vocal performance on this track. Hopefully we will hear a new Coheed record soon.

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New Material from Coheed & Cambria

One of my favorite bands since I was in eighth grade has been Coheed & Cambria a four piece from Nyack, New York. Now Coheed is a little different from most bands. Most bands when they decide to do a concept, they only do about one album. Coheed took the conceptual way of thinking a step further and has released five albums that align with singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez’s concept of the Amory Wars. The Amory Wars saga consists of five albums and a comic book that is released by Evil Ink Comics.

The reason I bring this up is because on Valentine’s Day the band released a video for a new song entitled ‘Sentry the Defiant’.  The song is a solo performance from singer/Guitarist Claudio Sanchez and just this version of the song to me is better than anything off of their previous release ‘Year of The Black Rainbow’ (Columbia).

I am looking forward to a new Coheed release in 2012. Until then this track should tide me over!

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