Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension

If you have ever heard Coheed and Cambria, you already have an opinion of them, and in fact, I would be surprised if you’re reading past the title of this after having seen that it was talking about their new record.

Either you buy into their sci-fi-prog-pop or you dismiss it as you do Dungeons and Dragons or, who knows, Star Wars. Whatever it is that’s one level more nerdy than you are. Anyway, I don’t. I’m a fan.

So, that being said, I approach each new record they put out with trepidation. Are they gonna push too far? Are they gonna miss a step? Will his voice get so high that only Geddy Lee can hear it?

This time I had a couple of comforts going in, and I was excited for it. First, I saw them a couple of months ago opening for Iron Maiden. If there was ever a band better suited to open for Iron Maiden, well, there wasn’t. Coheed is the missing link between Iron Maiden and Rush. Good playing, metally, proggy, strong songcraft. Your uncle with the kick ass stereo would approve and probably would buy the live DVD to show you how kick ass his set up is.

The other thing that reassured me was that their original drummer is back in the band. I know, they had the guy from Dillinger Escape Plan for a few records, and that guy plays like an eight-armed monster, but that’s not what this band needs. This band needs a dude that’s gonna reign them in and keep control of the ship. That’s what this drummer does, he plays what’s right for the song.

So with those assurances, I put myself in the right eighth grade state of mind and put this record on. I didn’t need to do that. It’s STRONG. Like, REALLY strong. I know for sure there were a couple of cases where I said out loud, “Wow.”

Now, there are a couple of missteps and overreaches. They’re small and brief, and maybe I’ll forgive and forget them, they’re some funny little things Claudio, the singer does for a few moments in a couple songs…but they might just be characters. Oh that’s another thing that you either love or hate about this band – intricate story lines and characters and story arcs.

You should probably love it. Appreciate this band for doing their own thing. I wish more bands would, these days. Well, that and the song craft. Really. Fucking badass.

The Afterman: Ascension Tracklist:
1. The Hollow
2. Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
3. The Afterman
4. Mothers of Men
5. Goodnight, Fair Lady
6. Key Entity Extraction II: Hollywood the Cracked
7. Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
8. Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful
9. Subtraction

Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension, reviewed by McHank on 2012-10-17T13:01:23-07:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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