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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..".
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`Year of the Black Rainbow,' is a fine album indeed, maybe a little different than some may have been expecting but of undeniably high quality, in terms of superb songwriting, outstanding musicianship and a production job that feels almost like an instrument unto itself.
I can imagine that the band may lose a few fair weather fans with this album, but those who remain will find a wholly enjoyable album that gets better with each listen.
Coheed and Cambria are not a band you could ever accuse of stagnation. Perhaps 'Departure,' is too strong, but this album is certainly different, the album seems to make a conscious effort not to sound too much like 2007's 'No World For Tomorrow,' album, eschewing the slick almost overproduced sound and bright tones for an almost industrial sound, with more electronics, flatter tones and an abundance of samples, electro drums, odd guitar tones and vocal effects.
Drummer Chris Pennie is a perfect fit for this band, and fits perfectly with the band's established drum style on songs like `World of Lines,' and `The Broken,' but adds a whole new flavor to the excellent almost drum solo quality `Guns of Summer,' and `In The Flame of Error,' which are at times unlike anything you've ever heard on a Coheed album before.
The songwriting also seems to be more in line with the band's work before Good Apollo than after, but all the new tones, sounds and Claudio's vocals stop this from sounding like a rehash of new ideas, but rather a new era of Coheed all together.
Lyrically, the album seems to be a lot more personal than the previous two albums and features barely any reference to place names, character names, or words like `Prise,' `Mon-Star,' or `Key Frame,' this may please some sections of the fans and upset others, but given the quality of the lyrics and vocal performance few will be disappointed in any serious way.
Highlights include the fast potential single `World Of Lines,' the drumming masterpiece `In The Flame of Error,' and the superb semi-ballad `Pearl of the Stars,' which features some brilliant unusual percussion, beautiful guitar work and possibly Claudio's finest vocal performance to date, switching between new low pitched vocals and his traditional style to great effect.
Overall this is a superb Coheed and Cambria album and rewards repeat listening; the new drummer, the very noticeable production and the new lyrical approach keep the album very fresh.
This edition comes with a bonus DVD, featuring interviews with the producers and all of the band, discussing the album, where the band are at in their Career and the book written to accompany the book. The documentary is pretty interesting and while not particularly weighty its a little more in depth than the Documentary for No World For Tomorrow.
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on 7 February 2011
As others have commented this release does mark a bit of a departure for the band.
And yet, after listening to the first album again I'm reminded how broad their range is so, I guess we shouldn't be too surprised
Whilst most of the elements are still in place, and it's a strong album as a whole, this somehow still feels a little less Coheedsive(?)
I have to admit, I was one of those who hated it on first and second listens, but as time has moved on I've come to appreciate it more.
C&C are still wonderfully innovative, gloriously over the top, and write some great melodies, so it's good to see they're not content to simply rehash what they've done before.
Stand out tracks for me are the punishing 'Here we are Juggernaut' the quirky 'Far', and the sublime 'Made Out of Nothing'
Can't quite give it five stars, but lets be honest one star worth of these guys is worth four of most people, and I'm fascinated to see where they go next.
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on 14 August 2010
This album is one of the best ive ever heard. Released with a Novel in a certain set to detail the story behind it, Year Of The Black Rainbow is the latest progression from the ever-touring Coheed and Cambria. Songs like 'Guns of Summer' are fast paced and catchy, and songs like 'Here We Are Juggernaut' are epic and perfect for the excellent show they perform to their fans. Also on the album, is the excellent single, 'The Broken'. Coheed have certainly progressed from the classic rock sounds of No World For Tomorrow, and the Metal-ish sounds of Good Apollo Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, but by far for the better. I thoroughly reccomment you buy it!
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on 13 November 2012
C&C had better albums, but you have not lived untill you've listened to Here We Are Juggernaut at volume 11
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on 2 February 2016
Pretty good
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on 12 September 2010
Good product but not the best of the Coheed albums in my opinion! Still worth buying though as still has some great songs on it!
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on 14 March 2013
Still not receieved my product after nearly 3 weeks but they did reply to my email and are sending me a new one out .
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