The best of the Amory Wars without a shadow of a doubt,
This review is from: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (Audio CD)
Coheed and Cambria are my favourite band and I have fully explored all work that Claudio Sanchez has put out there from Coheed and Cambria, to his side project of Prizefighter Inferno, to all comic book releases and of all his work this is by far my favourite.
This is my favourite album, probably of all time and here is why-
On my first listen this album plain confused me. I wasn't sure what the band were getting at, the other songs did not sound like the singles (welcome home and the suffering are what orginaly caught my attention to the band) and I'd heard of the underlying story but couldn't really grasp it. However after a few more listens I realised that this band were made up of four genius songwriters.
This is Coheed at there musical best, sure, you've got the amazing singles The Suffering and Ten Speed as well as the earth shattering Welcome Home, but probably the best peices of work on this album are the four tracks closing the album (The Willing Well I-IV) which is just section after thrilling section, complex changes, insane amounts of dynamics, catchy vocal and guitar hooks, expert musicainship and an earth shattering climax of The Final Cut.
If you like music that is interesting, exhirlating and just so musically impressive- this really is the Coheed album for you.
Aside from the expert song writing- lyrically, melodically and just generally- this album is very dark, which is confirmed by the internal events of the members themselves during the writing and creation of this record.
If you are interested in the underlying concept of this record- this album is probably the coolest in that sense too. Taking a look at how the life of the writer of the story will affect the outcome of the characters and how the writer creates his subconoius in the form of Tenspeed bike to help him finish the story! Weird, but wonderfully captivating and brilliant.
As an introduction to the band this album may not be the way in for some listeners, however, if you are after a true musical journey that even five or so years later inspires just as much if not more than it did back then, a masterclass in songwriting and something that is just all round brilliant, this is for you.
The most underated and the king of Coheed and Cambria albums without a shadow of a doubt.
Coheed and Cambria at their very very best.
Buy this album- you need to.