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Don't go on your first impression, it REALLY grows on you
on 18 April 2010
As others have noted, its a bit different this one. There's only one proper guitar solo of note in the whole album, and given that I loved them for their solos, this should be a deal breaker - it isn't.
This album in some ways moves back to the more straightforward metal of their earlier albums, but with the maturity gained in the years between. There's a few ballads, but they're not remotely soppy, but instead break the album up nicely, as the rest is pretty relentless and powerful metal.
I personally was mostly a fan of their more prog inspired songs, the ones that are usually a series of four of five 10 minute or more songs at the end of their albums. I can't personally see that much prog in this one, but it still feels like a Coheed and Cambria album, so you wont be dissapointed.
The major thing to note here is that I HATED it on first listen, and now 5 or 6 listens down the line (on seperate days), I love it, and would probably put it down as their joint second best album, behind "Good Apollo...", joint with "In keeping secrets..".
Give it 5 or 6 listens before you judge it, i'm sure you'll love it. And hopefully by the next album they'll have fused the energy of this one with the incredible 5 minute long, twin guitar solos of "Good Apollo..".