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This review is from: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (Audio CD)
I could not wait for this highly anticipated album to come out so i went out of my way to get my hands on an advance copy.
For anyone who doesnt know who Coheed & Cambria are, they are a prog-rock outfit (also lumped in with the emo genre which i disagree with) from NY who create all their albums based on a sci-fi story created by Claudio Sanchez (singer/guitarist) himself.
"Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" is in fact the 3rd installment of the story where the 1st part of the story will be recorded last.
For those interested in the story should go check out some of their fan sites for more info but if you've never heard their music, you could say they sound like a mix between Glassjaw, The Mars Volta, Biffy Clyro, Dream Theatre, Alien Ant Farm and Rush.
A lot of people will have heard their big hit "A Favour House Atlantic" from their last album 'In Keeping Secrets Of A Silent Earth: 3' which is a pop punk classic of the highest order, but many people will be put off by Claudio's high pitched, almost child-like vocals, but if you bear with this for the meantime, you will fall in love with this band.
For returning Coheed fans wondering what to expect from the new album, then you will be delighted to know that they are up to their usual shindigs, this time with a lot more electronica mixed in to their songs, which may please or annoy other fans.
Most songs on this album are pretty straight up rockin if you dont include the two intros to the album (the first track being a classical version of the main themes from the previous two albums and the second track being an acoustic track about how Claudio wants to kill all the characters in the story...) with an added bonus of the beautiful masterpiece of "Wake Up", which is the ballad on the album.
The general sound of the album reminds me instantly of the tracks on The Velorium Camper trilogy on the last album, and should not disappoint most fans but i did find some songs whilst mostly incredible, also hit n' miss. This however will probably be changed after i get into the album as much as i did the other two (where most of the songs that i found not particularily great 'really' grow on you eventually and become your favourites).
Instant classics on the album are the internet single "Welcome Home", the first actual single "The Suffering" and "Ten Speed (of God's Blood & Burial)" and "Apollo I: The Writing Writer" (which if followed up later on with the even more stunning Apollo II: The Telling Truth"
Also this album makes a departure from the usual story and offers 11 songs showing an insight into Claudio's mind and how his personal life may or already has affected the outcome of the story. But don't worry! The last remaining 4 songs on the album carry on the story in the form of 'The Willing Well' suite, and the breath-taking 'The Final Cut'.
Oh, and of course theres the usual bonus track every one comes to expect but i wont go and spoil it for any harcore fans.
So what i'm tryin to say is, this album is epic in most proportions, peculiar and quirky in some areas, and just goddamn rockin! I dont see how any Coheed fan could be let down with this as is not a weak album in the slightest but most Coheed fans will probably prefer the older albums to this offering.