quote wikipediaDiscographyCoheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York. Formed in 1995, the group incorporates aspects of progressive rock, punk rock, metal and post-hardcore.
All of Coheed and Cambria's albums are concept albums that reveal a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, which has been transcribed into a series of comic books, as well as a full length novel. The band has released five studio albums, three live albums, and several special-edition releases. In 2008, the band held a four-day concert series, Neverender, during which they played their first four studio albums in succession. Their fifth studio album, Year of the Black Rainbow, which is a prequel to the series, was released on April 13, 2010.
Sanchez has several times stated he is envious of his father's era of music, and that the band is influenced by groups of that era, such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Police, Misfits, Queen, and Thin Lizzy. Apart from these roots in classic rock, Sanchez also acknowledges an eclectic array of influences, including post-hardcore group At the Drive-In, and heavy metal pioneers Iron Maiden. Contrary to rumors, bassist Michael Todd said the band was not influenced by Saga and that he had never heard of that group. Many draw similarities between Rush and Coheed and Cambria, but Josh Eppard stated in an interview that neither he nor the other band members were Rush fans or influenced by Rush. They began listening to Rush after their second album. Influences of punk rock have been cited as well, especially the Misfits and Bad Brains. Dr. Know of Bad Brains plays a guitar solo on the track "Time Consumer" from Second Stage Turbine Blade. Sanchez and Stever's early band Toxic Parents drew many similarities from Jane's Addiction and Misfits. Sanchez has stated that The Amory Wars, the story on which Coheed and Cambria base its lyrics, has similarities to other stories, especially to the Star Wars trilogy. For example, when the character Coheed returns home to his wife Cambria, she says, "Somehow I’ve always known," a line that Princess Leia said to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The band's style is described as progressive rock by Equal Vision, Spin, and Allmusic. Songs such as "Blood Red Summer" and "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)" have been noted in many reviews of the band to also contain several elements of pop, as exemplified by one review by Sputnikmusic, which says "Coheed and Cambria manage to bring new life to a dying genre, and mix up the standard pop-punk scheme with creative and original riffs." The band has also been described as new prog.
quote KokoroDefinitely. To be fair though, they didn't even know they were making an album when they recorded those. They were essentially demos of the songs they had which were then considered good enough to be cleaned up and released as a record, with the songs already obviously linking together in the narrative. It wasn't until they went into the studio to record In Keeping that they had their first chance to really shape the sound of the album as they were making it.quote SaeglopurOh, I've heard all their albums to an extent. It's just that I don't really own them all. The Second Stage Turbine Blade, though, is a rather unique album by Coheed and Cambria, I think. It has that raw sound not really found in any of their other albums.Kokoro - You don't have The Second Stage Turbine Blade? You definitely need to listen through that, particularly if you like In Keeping Secrets. It's where it all began and there's some fantastic songs. In fact, I think I'm going to listen to it right now. In terms of more recent work, as I've already mentioned, The Afterman is brilliant all round.
quote SaeglopurOh, I've heard all their albums to an extent. It's just that I don't really own them all. The Second Stage Turbine Blade, though, is a rather unique album by Coheed and Cambria, I think. It has that raw sound not really found in any of their other albums.Kokoro - You don't have The Second Stage Turbine Blade? You definitely need to listen through that, particularly if you like In Keeping Secrets. It's where it all began and there's some fantastic songs. In fact, I think I'm going to listen to it right now. In terms of more recent work, as I've already mentioned, The Afterman is brilliant all round.
quote BlackLabelIt's worth listening to. I was a bit indifferent to it at first, but it has grown on me, though I haven't played through it that much in all. I was helped by first listening to it properly a few times on a long car journey a few months back and came to know a few of the songs from that. I did also finally get round to listening to Circa Survive's Descensus album on the same journey though, and I'd say that's probably the better of the two, haha!Really need to listen to the latest album but just can't bring myself to do it just yet, I really didn't like the singles from it at all.
quote Mister MacPhistoIn Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 is always a cracker - I'm on the Neverender DVD somewhere for the "Man Your Own Jackhammer!!!" bit, which kind of sums that song up live, haha! Welcome Home's obviously a staple but in my experience is infinitely better opening the set than closing, though still good of course. Songs like Everything Evil, Delirium Trigger, The Crowing, The Light And The Glass, and The Willing Well II were all awesome at Neverender as I recall, and from The Afterman, I remember Domino and Sentry both being fantastic live. Really though, pretty much everything they play is great live. The last time I saw them, they opened a pre-show acoustic set with Pearl Of The Stars, and it was one of the best concert openings I've ever witnessed, haha!Saeglopur what are the standouts on live material for you?
quote KokoroYeah, I've always considered Good Apollo to be their masterpiece really, while In Keeping Secrets isn't too far behind in terms of the quality of most of the songs. The Afterman definitely surprised me by forcing its way among them as I didn't think they'd reach that level again. All the other albums have some nice moments as well though, but I probably don't listen to them as frequently.Oh, I see. Well, as for my favorite Coheed and Cambria album, that would probably be the first Good Apollo album (but No World for Tomorrow is a close second). My favorite has shifted between those two albums more than once in the past. It looks like the first Good Apollo album is one of your favorites too, right, Saeglopur?
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