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This review is from: The Afterman: Descension (Audio CD)
Disappointment isn't quite the correct way to describe how I felt for the first half of the Afterman double album by Coheed and Cambria. A stellar effort with some fantastic moments; despite enjoying the album I couldn't quite quell the feeling that this was the bands first album since I'd discovered their music where they hadn't surpassed their previous efforts completely.
Listening to The Afterman: Descension I can only assume that they wanted to save the best for last. From the first listen the album manages to mirror itself with the first half whilst simultaneously transcending it at every turn.
Pretelethal, like the first track from the first half of the album, introduces the album softly. Unlike The Hollow however, it builds into more than just an opener and is fully memorable in its own right.
The album then launches into a plethora of unique and instrumentally, lyrically and vocally rich and distinctive tracks that still maintain a strong thematic synergy. Most of the album is comprised of stand out tracks. Sentry the Defiant, while sounding similar to the bands previous hits, is arguably the pinnacle of this style. Immediately following this is The Hard Sell, which with its smoother riffs, sounds completely fresh and like nothing the band has played before. Other emerging tracks are the Dark Side Of Me and the heaviest track on the album: Gravity's Union, which reverberates with an urgency that suddenly climaxes in the final minutes with possibly my favourite part of any Coheed and Cambria track, a sublime union of swirling guitar work and emotionally charged vocals repeating the final compelling, stirring verse.
In fact, I would describe more than half of the tracks on this album as the best that the band have ever delivered. Descension is a complete misnomer; Coheed and Cambria have ascended once again.