Is this the longest album title of the millenium? The complete title is Good Apollo, I?m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness Coheed and Cambria has grown from an independent act to a major label band on their 3rd full length release! After 2 albums on Equal Vision,this progressive emo band has taken a more symphonic approach on the new album and this time the music is heavier but with a progmetal twist. There?s a story behind this piece of work and according to the band?s biography it says:This is the first half of the third installment of the band?s daringly ambitious prog-rock/sci-fi tale of young Claudio Kilgannon - who is out to avenge the deaths of his parents (Coheed And Cambria) and his three siblings.
The Rush influences are there and not only because of singer Claudio Sanchez voice that reminds a whole lot of Geddy Lee?s. The music takes the listener back to the early years of Rush but with a modern touch a la Brazil and the sound is more compact in the 2005 version of CAC! They even use bombastic keyboards on the standout track "Welcome home" which probably is the best song of their career so far. This is an ambitious band that wants so much,they have so many ideas and also have the skills and talent to pull it off but what I miss about the new album in it?s entirety is a red line,a thread to keep it all together.......*too many apples to catch at the same time* so to speak. The Police sounding "Mother May I" is nice as well as the intro "Keeping the blade/Always and never" and the melodic "The suffering" warms my heart real nice.
The album consists of 15 tracks,totaling at 1 hour and 10 minutes which may be a little too long - if they had shortened it down to 50 minutes,I know for sure that it had been an even more enjoyable listening affair. The 30 minute long piece "The Willing Well" in 4 parts is not the problem here coz it is truly a musical journey of great musicianship and fine melodies. There are other quite forgettable tunes that I have no urge of hearing,still it?s a step forward for the band!