The instrumental opening to the CD doesn't exactly prepare
you for what you are about to partake in. I wouldn't exactly
call it misleading, but it does deliver an unexpected, but
With trickles of piano transitioning into a bluesy beat with
a guitar that sounds as if taken from the softer highlights
of a hard-core album, it isn't until about 70 seconds into
the second track "Time Consumer," that the unrivaled Coheed
And Cambria experience begins. Claudio Sanchez's
vocals invade your ears with Cyndi Lauper-esque appeal.
Well, actually it's a bit more of a testosterone driven version
While at times the male sex may run from a voice that derives
from a prepubescent boy, Sanchez whole-heartedly embraces
it. And for that, we thank you. It's the uniqueness of the
vocals on this album that makes Coheed And Cambria such a
commodity, or at least a commodity yet to be significantly
As for the rest of the band, instrumentally, they manage
a sound that is completely complimentary to Sanchez's words,
style and range. Categorizing Coheed And Cambria's mode of
expression isn't definable by just one genre per se. Despite
the fact Coheed And Cambria plays along side punk, indie and
hard-core bands, you can't justify lumping them into one type
or the other. It's a complete rock infusion of all three.
Travis Stever (guitar/vocals), Michael Todd
(bass) and Joshua Eppard have an undeniable understanding
of their instruments; an understanding which undoubtedly coincides
with the Sanchez's highly evolved voice. On "Hearshot Kid
Disaster", the song begins with hard-core elements with riveting
guitar, only to be reinforced with signature hard-core growls.
Yet if you skip to tracks such as "33" and "Junesong Provision,"
it's those sounds that allow Coheed And Cambria to play alongside
bands such as Good Charlotte and Face To Face.
Read the songs beginning to end and top to bottom, but until
you're in tune with the mind from which the words came, the
meaning may be meaningless. The thoughts, visions, dreams
or whatever original form they began in, have been reincarnated
as songs. The ten songs on the album encompass a beauty and
a frailness, yet can also be deemed courageous, all in the
In "God Send Conspirator", Sanchez sings of what we could
interpret to be the thought process he partook in to get his
words on paper. Don't change your mind when allís been
won. Your words in time with the loss that you'd let them
go. Don't let them fall if you're grips not strong. In time
decide...with the words you should let them go.
Advice: Embrace the album for it's lucid sound and pure meaning.
A sound that's compact and steers clear of being over manufactured.
A true diamond in the rough.
- Second Stage Turbine Blade
- Time Consumer
- Devil In Jersey City
- Everything Evil
- Delirium Trigger
- Hearshot Kid Disaster
- Junesong Provision
- God Send Conspirator
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