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Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness

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  • A few months ago, one of my friends recommended Coheed and Cambria to me and I took him up on the offer and downloaded one of their songs to listen to. I didn’t like it all, mostly because of Claudio Sanchez’s, the lead singer, very high voice. Then, I gave them a try again about a month ago and I absolutely loved it.

    Coheed and Cambria is now my favorite band, and I sometimes can’t believe that I didn’t like them. Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV was the first Coheed CD I bought because most of the songs I liked from them were on that album. I can’t begin to describe how awesome the music on this CD is.

    The album starts off with a quaint instrumental theme, Keeping the Blade, progresses to Always and Never which at first appears to be a love song before the twist ending. Afterwards, we go to one of the most amazing songs on Good Apollo, Welcome Home. The whole CD can be attested to being a prog rock opera, but Welcome Home definitely can be called this. The guitar playing in this song is only surpassed, in my opinion, by one other song on the CD and it ends with an awesome guitar solo by Claudio Sanchez.

    From there on out, the song quality does not decrease but only at some times gets better. Ten Speed (of God’s Blood and Burial) is the most metal the band has ever gotten and is also one of my favorite songs they’re ever made. After that, we go to Crossing the Frame, which is has the same musical melody as Ten Speed except it’s toned down a bit. Apollo I: The Writing Writer is a great song, but what I really like about it are the amazing lyrics in this song.

    Once Upon Your Dead Body also has some great lyrics, though not as much as Apollo to me. Wake Up is probably my least favorite song on the album, mostly because it has a soft tone and I was really in a rock tone by the time I got to this song. The Suffering has more of a pop tone and is the closest to a G-rated song we get to on this CD, besides Wake Up. Lying Lies and Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court, is one of the least memorable songs on the album, although it has a gigantically long title. In no way is it a bad song, I just liked most of the songs better. Then we go to Mother May I, which holds the prize for best lyrics on the CD for me.

    The finale of the album is the four part series of the Willing Well. Each song is over seven minutes in length, and Fuel for the Feeding End is a great start to the quadrilogy. It has good, thoughtful lyrics with a catchy musical tone. Fear Through the Eyes of Madness is probably my least favorite of the four, though it has an exceptional ending. Apollo 2: The Telling Truth is essentially the same as Apollo 1 with slightly different lyrics and a remix of the musical tone. Still an awesome song even if it is part of a rehash.

    Finally we have the grand finale of Good Apollo, and oh what a finale it is. With some of the best guitar playing I’ve ever heard in a song before, The Final Cut tops all the competition on this album as the best played. There aren’t many lyrics, though the infamous “I’d shut your face in the door” is in this song. The lack of lyrics is doubly made up for with the amazing guitar solo between Travis and Claudio at the end of the song and the “nature” ending is quite a surprise.

    If that’s not enough to convince you to buy this wonderful CD, then Good Apollo just isn’t for you. Even if you don’t like this album somehow, you should try the other two, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 and the Second Stage Turbine Blade, as they are very different from Good Apollo, musically.

    Posted on February 22, 2010