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Hailing from Kingston, New York, progressive rock quartet COHEED AND CAMBRIA are known for being the first and only "concept band." That is, all of their albums' lyrics and music are intertwined with a story written by frontman Claudio Sanchez known as "The Amory Wars." The first album released, "The Second Stage Turbine Blade," is the second part [although the first CD] of their five-part saga. It was released in 2002, and after extensive touring, Sanchez released a graphic novel describing in further detail the plot of the story.

Post-Second Stage, COHEED AND CAMBRIA began recording in Japan between tours. The result came out that fall, and was their next album "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3." This continued to garner this rising band's popularity with the singles "Blood Red Summer" and "A Favor House Atlantic," which at the time gained much airplay. Afterwards, COHEED AND CAMBRIA departed from Equal Vision records and signed to Columbia, putting out the newest studio disc "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness." The long pretentious title indefinitely rings prog, as does the music. The singles "Welcome Home" and "The Suffering," although far less progressively inclined than the rest of the album, strongly supported the album in it's sales, shifting it to #7 on the Billboard's Top 200 Albums. "Good Apollo" is the first of the two-part conclusion to The Amory Wars.

Most recently, Josh Eppard and Michael Todd, COHEED's drummer and bassist respectively, left the band for personal reasons. Although Todd returned to his bass just in time for the next release, drumming duties were then assigned to THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's impressive and skilled Chris Pennie, who added a pleasant new flavor to the band's repertoire. This upcoming release's recording process took place in early spring of 2007 and was finalized that May. The band then toured every date with Van's Warped Tour that summer. The album, titled "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow" is scheduled for October 28th 2007.





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3.30 | 102 ratings
The Second Stage Turbine Blade
2002
3.76 | 141 ratings
In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth - 3
2003
3.66 | 167 ratings
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
2005
3.73 | 153 ratings
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two - No World For Tomorrow
2007
3.27 | 98 ratings
Year Of The Black Rainbow
2010
3.84 | 86 ratings
The Afterman - Ascension
2012
3.75 | 86 ratings
The Afterman - Descension
2013
2.90 | 21 ratings
The Color Before The Sun
2015

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 6 ratings
The Afterman: Live
2013

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.90 | 10 ratings
Live at the Starland Ballroom
2005
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Last Supper
2006
4.64 | 19 ratings
Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition
2009

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.58 | 15 ratings
Neverender: Children Of The Fence Edition
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Coheed And Cambria
2015

COHEED AND CAMBRIA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 6 ratings
Live at La Zona Rosa
2004
3.17 | 5 ratings
Neverender 12%
2009

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 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 167 ratings

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Review by mlkpad14

5 stars Looking back at many reviews, it seems like this album is mostly getting an ok rep, but I think this album deserves 5 stars. I don't say that often at all, and I will explain just what led me to my decision.

Initially, actually, I didn't think much of the album. With each listen though, the album grew on me. While I'm sure that this album will disappear among my music list in the next month or so, every listen since I tried it 2 weeks ago has bounced this album to its essential ranking.

After my first listen, I was happy to give the album 3 stars as it really didn't do anything for me. However, by the 2nd listen and the 3rd listen, I was noticing epics such as the 4-part "The Willing Well" and the energy-filled "Welcome Home."

Then, by my 4th and 5th listen I was really digging more and more songs from the album. Particularly, "Always and Never" held high replay value for me. It reminded me of a short preview to Steven Wilson's song "Pariah." They both just felt like they should've been longer, but they weren't so I found myself replaying them over and over!

My 5th listen was mostly for the lyrics. The story seems exaggerated but valuable, though I'm broken as to whether I should buy the parallel graphic novels.

Finally, my next few 6th, 7th, and 8th listens were just innocent attempts to have fun. The album isn't all that technical and very poppy. They move through concepts quickly, and all-in-all it makes the album very fun to listen to when looking for something to bounce around to. Very worth trying trying out!

 In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth - 3 by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.76 | 141 ratings

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Review by SteveG

3 stars I've tried to veer away from C&C until some consensus came about in regards to labeling their sound. The last I heard was punk meets prog. In Keeping Secrets from Silent Earth: 3, the group's second album, finds them, IMO, to be post metal core meets emo, with some pop and punk thrown in at times. There's still not much here that I would classify as progressive metal, save the band's penchant to keep producing themes based on singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez's "Armory Wars" graphic novels.

The group does up their game on this album with more complex and, at times, technical playing, as well as improving their already stellar sense of melodicism. This helps to break up the monochromatic stance found of the group's debut album Second Stage. Sanchez is more assured as a vocalist, and like his sound alike "mentor" Geddy Lee, sounds better in the lower registers found on this album, and on this album's quieter higher registers, especially during the backing and response vocals.

The group plays fantastically, but still never takes those fantastic flights of musical fancy and soloing that makes prog metal so adventurous. Perhaps their next effort will see them shoot for the moon, musically as well as conceptually. Now, that would be something.

 The Second Stage Turbine Blade by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.30 | 102 ratings

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Coheed And Cambria Crossover Prog

Review by SteveG

2 stars Big intentions, small delivery.

The first album by experimental/post rock/conceptualist/emocore band (!) Coheed and Cambria is quite pleasant and interesting at moments but it's lack of musical variety is it's downfall. Spacy intros and outros break up the monotony before the group falls back into a static, but always melodic guitar, bass and drums groove that is devoid of much technical playing. It is post rock after all, and like Tool's music, it has a repetitiveness that grates after 10 minutes of listening.

Claudio Sanchez's vocals are similar to Geddy Lee's, but a lot sweeter and easier to take. And that seems to be the trouble with this album. The music's too friendly and accessible. If the band had taken some chances, C&C's debut could have been a bomb, with it's concept to run the album's storyline through consistent albums. However, the result is just pleasant. And prog should always be more than just pleasant.

 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 167 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars OK, to give Coheed and Cambria full credit, repackaging what is fairly standard progressive metal fare and selling it to the alternative rock crowd quite as effectively as they did with this album is no mean feat. The post-hardcore and emo influences that informed the band's early works are now dialled way down, to the point where they are discernible less as fully expressed musical approaches and more as a certain touch to the production aesthetic; scratch the surface of the packaging, though, and what you have here is essentially a rather boisterous performance of material which wouldn't be entirely out of place on one of the edgier, heavier Dream Theater albums.
 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 167 ratings

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Review by Tempel

4 stars A fantastic album! I always think of Rush when I hear Claudios voice. It comforts me to think that this is what Rush would have sounded like if they came of age in the 2000s. That being said I don't think they are Rush fans so they aren't derivative of them. They have their own sound so to speak. This album along with In Keeping Secrets are wonderful additions to any Prog collection. When I first discovered this album I would have given it 5 stars but one has to eventually take an objective look at things and come back down to earth. That being said I am very comfortable giving this album 4 stars.
 The Color Before The Sun by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.90 | 21 ratings

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Review by crashandridemusic

2 stars It pains me to write this review, since Coheed and Cambria are so near and dear to my heart. First listening to them on their heavy, jammy, and very proggy album 'Good Apollo, Volume I' over ten years ago, my life changed. Over the years, though, I could hear subtle and gradual changes in their sound, something I've always waved off as a band evolving and gaining new perspective. But their latest album 'The Color Before The Sun,' which will be released Friday, is the furthest step away from the band I've grown to love.

A tear is figuratively running down my cheek as I say these words: Coheed has released an ok-at- best album in 'The Color Before The Sun.' Something I've loved about Coheed and Cambria is their way to blend different musical genres into one whole. 'A little poppy, a little jazzy, a little metal, a little punk, and a little proggy' is how I'd describe their previous albums, since it was so hard to nail down one word to define them. Their newest album, though, is simply pop and punk. There are little to no moments of that emotional headbanging and soloing, or that technical and jazzy arrangements in this album. Having listened to so many harder and more thought-provoking albums over the last couple months, I was let down by the simplistic, mind-numbing approach of this album. Where are those moments that when recreated live the crowd goes absolutely nuts? They've been buried six feet under, with pop and punk shifting their eyes in panic. That competition over sound is over, and what's won is a product I'm not too impressed with.

Take opener 'Island,' a song with ridiculously lighthearted lead guitar, simplistic Blink 182- sounding drumbeats, and overdriven punk guitar rhythms. I was teased with an intro containing train station soundscapes (something ordinarily proggy), but was immediately let down by the lack of heaviness on the track. Coheed is known for making some amazing opening tracks, but they completely missed the mark with this song. Another song is 'Young Love,' written about their notorious (to fans) home/recording studio that was nearly destroyed by tenants trusted by the band. Although the song itself isn't awful, the main guitar lead that carries the melody sounds out of tune, which isn't pleasing to my ears. Later in the album is 'Ghost,' an acoustic track about mornings in New York City. The track is softer than anything Coheed has ever released, but not of what Claudio himself has released. Having a softer side project in the Prize Fighter Inferno, this track (along with others on this album) feels like Claudio was sidetracked with his intentions, deciding on releasing it through the bigger brand that is Coheed and Cambria. The album closes with yet another soft song 'Peace to the Mountain,' which although is one of the winners on this album, suffers another identity crisis with acoustic guitars, tambourines, and trumpets. Much of the album contains these songs that simply don't sound like the band, tricking me into believing I'm listening to something else.

As much as I disliked 'The Color Before The Sun,' there are a few tracks that I actually did enjoy. The third released single 'Eraser' is one of the hardest tracks on the album. It reminds me of songs from their albums 'Year of the Black Rainbow' and 'The Afterman,' which under normal circumstances isn't necessarily a compliment, but in an album devoid of 'that classic Coheed sound' is better than nothing. The ooh-ooh's and ha-ha's that is undefinably Claudio Sanchez always gives me a smile, while the catchy chorus and guitar solo in the bridge section have enough power to make my body move to the music. Another great song is 'Atlas,' a song originally written on an acoustic guitar for Claudio's yet-to-be-born son. I especially enjoyed the heavy bass guitar presence in the song, along with the intricate dual guitar patterns played by both guitarists Sanchez and Stever. Finally, the second to last track 'The Audience' is easily my favorite song because it actually sounds like Coheed and Cambria! Reminiscent of the song 'Vic the Butcher' from 'The Afterman' (see above), I enjoyed the dark, eerie vocals, heavily overdriven rhythm guitar, and frantic, deep drum beats. It is the most repeatable song off the entire album, a song I wish was the standard for the entire album.

When asked how I felt about 'The Color Before The Sun' from a friend of mine, I could only respond that 'at least 'Year of the Black Rainbow' isn't my least favorite Coheed album anymore.' If this album had just been released as the Prize Fighter Inferno, Claudio Sanchez's electronic- acoustic-lighter side project, I would've had a completely different perspective coming into the album, and perhaps a differing opinion. Unfortunately, labeling this album as 'Coheed and Cambria' did the band injustice, merely appealing to new listeners and leaving longtime fans in the dust. But I forgive you Claudio and company; I understood what you were trying to do. I'm just not a fan.

Taken from crashandridemusic.com

 In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth - 3 by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.76 | 141 ratings

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In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth - 3
Coheed And Cambria Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After enjoying "Good Apollo", which is the album that followed this one in the order of albums released by the band, I decided to explore the music further. I took a chance and took a step backwards in time to this album. Again, this album is still based on the same story as "Good Apollo" which is a huge concept story. One advantage of going backwards in their discography, is that I can clearly see how they have progressed. This album has a lot more leaning to the punk and emo sounds that the band evolved from, and it is also not very progressive when compared to "Good Apollo". The tracks are pleasant enough I suppose, but it definately is not as interesting. But you have to at least give some props to the band for the amount of progression from this album compared to the next album, which is something I sort of understood by reading other reviews.

Because the music is more mainstream and poppier on this album, the vocals are probably more annoying, almost sounding boy band-ish in some places. But you can hear some intellect in the music too, especially in the album centerpiece "The Velourium Camper" which is a 3 part suite, and this is the redeeming suite of the album, the remainder of the tracks being just too straightforward and pop sounding. The band, however, is very talented and would continue to strengthen their songwriting skills and so I don't judge the band so much off of this album than I do off of "Good Apollo", which is a very strong 4 star album. This one, unfortunately does not reach that status as it is simply a good mainstream album with some great hooks and interesting passages. So, I would have to say this one is not bad, it's just not really great either. But it is a great example of progression when you compare this album and the next one. 3 stars.

 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 167 ratings

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Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
Coheed And Cambria Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars So, this is a band I'm not as familiar with as I should be. This is so far, the only Coheed and Cambria album that I own, and I must say that I enjoy it to a certain extent. I know that their roots were in some kind of emo and punk combination, but I hear very little of that in this album. Instead, what you get is a very nice combination of progressiveness and some leanings towards a poppy sound at times. The most progressive parts are the best, but the poppier songs aren't really that bad either. When the band is good, they are really good. Tight playing, a complex concept based on a sci-fi story and some heavy passages that never get overbearing plus some very inventive songs mixed with a few lighter ones gives a good feeling of variety so that one doesn't get too tired of the sound. The concept is complex like I said before and actually spans several albums. I have no idea what the story is, but I plan on understanding it better because the music is good enough to merit several listens, and as I become more accustomed to the vocals, I think I might even decide that it deserves a better rating than what I give it here. The vocals....I do have a problem with them, but that problem has become a smaller and smaller problem the more I listen to this. They seem like they are not so believable because the vocalist does have a slightly immature sounding voice, but I know that when the music and the composition is as good as what this is, I have been able to adjust to vocals in the past with other bands, and I really think that will happen here. Ask me again in a year or so and I bet that they won't even bother me anymore.

Rhythms are complex and challenging at times, and simple and almost radio oriented at others. The band reaches a perfect balance here in my opinion. The album opens with a beautiful orchestrated instrumental which is followed by an impressive track "Always and Never" and then followed by a full on prog track called "Welcome Home". This is followed by a harder track with again a good amount of prog elements to is called "Ten Speed". After this, the middle of the album does tend to sag a little bit, especially in the first listenings because the songs tend to get a little more radio friendly for a while, and as a result, start to sound a little too much the same. The more you listen to this album though, the more you hear, and the songs to start to grow on you and you do notice each one has it's own personality. The beautiful slower track "Wake Up" breaks this sameness up a little bit, and is to me the best of the middle tracks, but the immaturity of the vocals really shows through here, even though the song is beautiful. After that, the songs build in progressiveness again until the more complex "Mother May I" and the excellent 4 part suite "The Willing Well" which is full blown progressive rock again. The songs are typically (but not always) vocally driven, the rhythms complex and changing. The only slight complaint here is I wish there were more instrumental passages here, but that complaint will fade as I get more familiar with the suite. There really is a great instrumental section that finally ends off the suite about half way through the last movement that is simply amazing and shows off the talent of the band. Then there is this very surprising coda that just comes out of nowhere....

Very good album, impressive compositions and instrumentation, I am more than willing to familiarize myself with the band better now that I have gotten to the point that I do enjoy this album. As of now, I have to give the album 4 stars because of the few complaints that I have, but as I get used to the sound, my feelings about this could very well change. My son loves this band, and so, with his encouragement, I will familiarize myself with the band better. For now, this is definitely an excellent album and a great addition to your prog collection.

 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 167 ratings

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Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
Coheed And Cambria Crossover Prog

Review by Obsidian Pigeon

2 stars I've tried numerous times to get into Coheed and Cambria's music, but to no real avail. While Welcome Home is an all right track, I've simply just grown to dislike it the more that I've heard it. Many of the songs on this album are just straight up unimpressive and seem pretty uninspired, and Claudio Sanchez's voice does not help at all.

This album contains a few highlights, namely the Willing Well II: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, which I feel could have been shortened by at least a minute because the ending is relatively repetitive, and perhaps Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth. I don't think I can ever bring myself to listen to this entire album again, as I really don't like their punkish influence (not that I dislike all punk; I simply don't like the way Coheed and Cambria incorporate it) and at times grating vocals.

 The Second Stage Turbine Blade by COHEED AND CAMBRIA album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.30 | 102 ratings

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The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed And Cambria Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

1 stars Ugh. I can't say much that I like about this album. To me it simply sounds like a garage band version of the Mars Volta. I know this came before their debut album but I actually prefer their version of screamo emo. Every song on this album sounds the same. It's the same mono-drumming, the same riffing, the same awful vocals. There is some stuff from this band that is absolutely brilliant so when I saw this first album at a very discounted price I thought i'd pick it up and give it a spin. What can I say? I love so much music and there's really not much out there that I just can't stand but I hate to say it fans of this album that this is one of those albums that makes me cringe. The only thing I like about this album is some of the really cool spacey intros to the songs. Throughout the whole album I keep wishing that they would just explore that territory and make an awesome ambient album instead but then it turns into.... well, something that displeases me immensely :(
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