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Roadrunner Records is delighted to announce the licensing of ground-breaking artists Coheed and Cambria for the world excluding North America (where they remain with Columbia/Sony). Highly anticipated new album ‘Year of the Black Rainbow’ is set for an April 2010 release. Intended as the origin story, or the prequel, to the band’s previous four studio albums, it will likely ... Read more in Amazon's Coheed and Cambria Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B003634CZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Coheed and Cambria don’t just make albums. They’re part of a grand concept – musical counterparts to The Amory Wars, a comic book series written by the band’s singer and guitarist, Claudio Sanchez. Year of the Black Rainbow is the New York quartet’s fifth album and the prequel to the progressive metallers’ ongoing narrative. The first to be recorded with former Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie, the deluxe version of this album is being released with a novel of the same name penned by Sanchez (with a little help from science fiction/comic novelist Peter David).

Suffice to say, Coheed and Cambria aren’t shy of ambition, something reflected in this album’s shimmering, dramatic production. Of course, it’s not necessary to know the story for these songs to have an impact – they’re bombastic enough to do that all on their own – but it does mean that this is an album in the true sense of the word, rather than just a collection of songs. From the dramatic spacey introduction of opening track One – an atmospheric instrumental soundscape which could, hypothetically, soundtrack the opening scene to the movie of the book of the album of the comic book – through to the brooding seven-and-a-half minute finale of the semi-title-track, these 12 songs pulsate with an impressive fluidity.

At the same time, however, it is, by its very nature, very indulgent. In constructing such a conceit around the album, Coheed and Cambria have limited their means of expression. While that deliberate lack of variety invokes the sense of an adventure-filled intergalactic journey across time and space, it means these songs sound incredibly similar. World of Lines is an intense, fast and furious warp drive of a song, while the slowed-down Pearl of the Stars is a moving slice of wistful melancholy. But Guns of Summer and In the Flame of Error lose their way slightly, caught in the crossfire of relentless pounding drums and intense metal riffing.

It’s full of fascinating, stirring moments, but overall, Year of the Black Rainbow suffers just a little too much from its own grand, sprawling ambition.  --Mischa Pearlman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blitzwing85 on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to write this review from the perspective of a 'new' fan of this band. (hearing a song just recently and buying this album).
Everyone has mentioned how it needs to grow on you, and maybe this is true for all fans of Coheed & Cambria's earlier work...but 1st listen through i thought it was amazing, and my opinion has only got better after each listen.

Now, i've since heard their earlier albums...and although i like them i think this is certainly their best work. The song structure, production and lyrics are all first class.

The first song 'The Broken' is a solid opener. Interesting riff in the background with the verses and a catchy chorus. The tone follows with 'Guns of Summer' and 'Here we are Juggernaught'.
Things change slightly with 'Far' which is one of my favorite tracks from the album. Almost Distorted Industrial like sound on the drums and is much slower than the previous tracks. It flows brilliantly, and the vocals really shines too in my opinion.
'This Shattered Symphony' has a very nice prog riff, and excellent verses...and another catchy chorus.
'World of Lines' is one of the faster songs on the album and follows a more traditional metal path.
Things slow down again with 'Made out of Nothing', but it's another of the stand out tracks for me.
'Pearl of the Stars' is a brilliant acoustic song, very nicely done.
'In the flame of Error' is my favorite song. It's for very prog verses, a mix of light verses and a heavy chorus...i like the change of pace throughout the song.
It finishes nicely with 'When Skeletons Live' and another slower, but still heavy song 'Black Rainbow'.

Overall i think this album is a brilliant progressive metal album.
Others say it's best to start with their other work but i started here and i loved every second of it. The fact that it has a concept story behind it helps too as i really think a lot of effort has went into the song writing and the lyrics.
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As others have mentioned, on first listen this is a very weak and superficial sounding album. I was really looking forward to it, too. But... and I should have known as it's been the same for pretty much all of their other albums, after the 3rd go in the ipod, turntable, cd player etc, it starts to grow into something quite beautiful. In fact, after 'Keeping Secrets...' it is probably the finest album Coheed have done since.

The best tracks are, 'The Broken', 'Here we are Juggernaut', 'Made of Nothing' and 'Pearl of the Stars'. There are only 2 tracks really not that great and that is the opener, which is only a slight minute-or-so wash of noise and the title track. 'Black Rainbow' isn't bad, just quite long and dirgey. The other tracks are all very good, if not quite classic.

Long story short: give it a few spins before dismissing it, you won't be disappointed; and it is really, REALLY good.
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Easily a redeeming album for Coheed and Cambria, considering how disappointing the Good Apollo's were. Personally, my second favourite album, after In Keeping Secrets.

Although Claudio's voice seems to have changed very slightly, this has been a fantastic album that I've listened through a few times already, being a very avid fan. If you do like Coheed and Cambria, then this album is a must.

But for those of you who don't know Coheed and Cambria, or haven't liked their stuff, consider popping to their Myspace page and giving this album a listen, especially Guns of Summer. It's relatively different to old C&C, bringing in a couple of new aspects.

My only disappointment is the Black Card that was meant to come with the special edition, but didn't seem to be in my pack. Otherwise, flawless, the album art is fantastic and there is nothing to pick flaws in within the music.
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So here is Coheed and Cambria's first excursion outside of the original Amory Wars saga. A prequel if you like.
It starts of well. "One" leads well into "The Broken" and this is a well driven song which features the kind of sound that that I had come to expect from Coheed with a stonking chorus. Maybe not in the same league as In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth but still worthy in its own right.

And so the album continues, in my view in traditional Coheed style. "Here we are Juggernaut", "Far", "Made out of Nothing (All that I am)" are the real picks of this album and by the time your ears reach the end of "Pearl of the Stars" you think this album was well worth my money which is just as well because it slightly heads downhill from here.

In my opinion since IKSoSE and Good Apollo IV Part 1 Coheed has not quite figured out how to finish albums. Part 2 went on for a tad too long even with the killer song "The Road and the Damned" and this one just doesn't carry the intensity or hold your attention, at least not mine. "Where Skeletons Live" picks it up a little but not enough for my liking and the tracks either side of it don't do much for me either.

So in summary this is a good album don't let me get you wrong but I can't help but get to the end of "Pearl of the Stars" (a fantastic acoustic track by the way) and think I shall press stop there now.
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By P. Nicholls on 27 Mar. 2011
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I'm often disappointed by new albums from my favourite bands. Often they will produce something that sounds way too similar or deviate too far from that which I enjoyed about their previous work.

This is not one of those albums, it delivers exactly what I was hoping for whilst still surprising me along the way. While there are some definite highlights I do not think there is a single bad track on this album. Here We Are Juggernaut and Guns of Summer will rock you immediately, Pearl Of The Stars will touch you and the other tracks will slowly grow on you until you can't remember exactly which one was your favourite.

Coheed & Cambria are like no other band I have heard, so it is extremely fortunate that they are capable of creating albums to top their previous efforts.
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