Out of Kilter
Coheed and Cambria’s debut album on Equal Vision Records was one of the biggest indie successes in recent memory. ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’ was a truly diverse work of art, which combined elements of everything from progressive rock to contemporary pop-rock seamlessly, and it was the bands amazing originality, skill, and musicianship that won them a loyal fanbase and a whole lot of acclaim from critics the world over.
And now, finally, they’re back – this time with their sophomore release ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’, once again on the fabulous Equal Vision label.
The record starts off right where the last one left off, with the first proper song (which also happens to be the title track) meshing huge epic riffs with lush basslines and pounding drums into an 8 minute opus.
One of the bands skills is being able to combine their ambitious, pompous prog leanings with poppy angularity without dumbing down there style, and tracks like ‘Cuts Marked Deep in the March of Men’ and ‘The Velourium Camper II: The Backend of Forever’ are great examples of this, being both catchy and memorable without losing their raw and aggressive edge.
One of the things that polarized critics opinion’s when it came to Coheed and Cambria’s first album was the vocals. Claudio Sanchez is quite similar to Geddy Lee of Rush in that his voice is in the upper echelons of pitch, and this has always been an obstacle for some prospective listeners. However in my opinion not only does it add to the fantastic musicianship, but it truly makes Coheed what they are. A completely original band, which isn’t afraid to break out of the mould or to show some growth.
Invariably some of the bands’ original fans will find this album too different from what they’re used too, as it shows a huge expansion in the sound of the band. However, after the initial first shock at the amount of growth and evolution the band has undertaken, one can’t help but fall in love with this album, especially when it comes to stand out songs like ‘The Crowing’ (which has a distinct metal feel to it) and ‘The Light and The Glass’ (a song with a very evident prog-rock bent).
I can not recommend this album enough.
‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’ is the one and only essential record of 2003.