ALBUM: Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension

Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil


Not content with just sitting back and playing music that everyone can understand, Coheed & Cambria are back with another concept album. Following the storyline of their coffee table book ‘The Amory Wars’, ‘The Afterman: Ascension’ is part one of a two part album that will more than make up for the highly disappointing ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’.

Let’s not for one second forget C&C‘s brilliant 2005 album, ‘From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness’. It’s a modern classic and its success has arguably put the band where they are today. That was in 2005, and despite two albums and an EP it has not been matched quality wise. ‘The Afterman’ could well hold a considerable flame to ‘From Fear…’ once its second part is completed – and that’s no understatement.

Coheed have clearly got their shit back together with songs like ‘Mothers Of Men’ and ‘The Afterman’, and that’s even before you consider the four tracks that outline characters.

‘Domino The Destitute’ will be the first that you encounter, containing all the classic Coheed traits, Claudio Sanchez woahs, Travis Stever guitar canoodling, plus notable contributions from new bassist Zach Cooper and returning drummer, Josh Eppard.

‘Holly Wood The Cracked’ is nearly a System Of A Down song, with its heavy opening riff and unnerving bizarreness. ‘Vic The Butcher’ also takes influence from other bands, notably Panic! At The Disco. ‘Evagria The Faithful’ may be the most forgettable character, but she’ll still leave her shanty tune stuck in your head for days to follow.

You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy Coheed & Cambria. Sure, it definitely helps, but you can also just appreciate the musicianship on show and enjoy some excellently composed progressive rock. Even if you don’t want to listen to the music, you can just sit and watch Claudio Sanchez‘ hair bob up and down like a furry planet.

Written by MG Savage