Well if you don´t know the story by now, I´m not gonna tell you it. But what I will tell you is that Coheed and Cambria end this epic story with a bang. With the follow-up to 2005´s "Good Apollo I´m Burning Star IV: Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness", comes the final chapter of the saga from signer Claudio Sanchez and company, "Good Apollo I´m Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow".
Now no one really knew the future of Coheed and how they would pull off the final chapter after losing two key players. Well getting Taylor Hawkins form the Foo Fighters to fill in on drums is probably the best route any group can go. The band delivers the best album to date and shows their growth and maturity to the fullest. Expanding on Cladio´s vocal range on this album (not that his range was restricted before), is one of the biggest things that stand out to me along with the highly clear production and smooth sensual tones from the instruments. It seems every one wanted a piece of this masterpiece from Producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Velvet Revolver), Mixer Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback), and newfound Columbia honcho Rick Rubin also lent skills to the production of this landmark album.
The songs on this album are captivating, fresh and just plain genius. Now its everything you would and would not expect in a Coheed and Cambria album. From the acoustic beginning track like the previous (hence Vol. 2), kicking into the pure definition of Coheed with the hard guitars and catchy choruses. These songs lead those famous "Oh, Oh Oh´s" (you know what I´m talking about) from their classic sound. The clarity on the album takes it to a whole new level. By far the best sounding Coheed album to date. The vocals really flourish with resonance and radiance. My personal favorite is the Rush sounding pop rocker "Feathers." Starting off with the 80´s chugging guitar riff and kicking into the catchiest chorus to date. The vocals on the chorus of this song are almost Fall Out Boy reminiscent but in a good way, like if that band was really good.
You will hear all the regular sounds you would hear in a Coheed album but with added flavor and taking everything up to the next level. From acoustic ballads, nasty licks, guitar solos you can´t fathom, and just all around pure musicianship is divided equally thought the record. The thing I like about this band is they don´t really change much but they grow immensely with every record, as with the story.
This album is the farthest into the classic sound as they have gotten, but is taken beyond expectations. My favorites include "The Hound (Of Blood and Rank)", an 80´s pop rocker, "The Running Free," a catchy tune with driving power and "Mother Superior" starting off acoustic but kicking into a blend of superior soft modern sound with hooks that will keep you singing along for hours. "On The Brink" starts off almost Pink Floyd-ish and rocks like their previous progressive song "The Final Cut." Now, I can proudly say there are no bad tracks on this album. Each song has its own craft and very powerful vibe. I just wish I can give this album a 5.5 out of 5.
Now whats next for Coheed and Cambria? Well as any fan hopes (me included) that this will not be the last record from the group. I can only hope that the band decides to do a prequel album or something. Its just too damn good to be the last (ha, thats probably why its the finale). Its like watching the finale to the best fireworks display in town, it just beats all the rest. This album should boost the popularity of the band into the mainstream audience and if I can predict will be the most popular.
Time will only tell what is next for the Coheed and Cambria. But if they do end with this record we know that we got the best from the group and will go out with a bang. Go get this album because its an instant classic and an epic finale of the mystic journey.
I actually haven't heard the album yet, so I can't really give it a rating (though I pump it with a pre-emptive 5)
But this will NOT be their last album. They still have to release the beginning of the story. (Second Stage Turbine Blade is not the beginning).
Just clearing things up.