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

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  • Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness. One word sums it up: Wow. I didn’t think they could do any better than their last album, but they somehow did. This one is most definitely for the fans, though. Whereas the first two albums had songs that could be released as singles and appeal to the averge listener, the entire CD stands on its own as a single piece. Yes, it’s got some catchy tunes, but you need to listen to the whole thing straight through with headphones to really get the full effect. The first 11 songs tell the story of The Writer, the man who is writing the story of C&C. The interesting part is that Claudio Sanchez created The Writer, and The Writer created Claudio Kilgannon, the story’s protagonist. They all have similar characteristics, and are essentially the same person. All of their lives seem to intertwine, and it shows on Good Apollo. Similar lyrics and musical elements reappear on The Writer’s segment as well as on Claudio’s, and even the songs from In Keeping Secrets, to symbolize how events going on in The Writer’s life parallel and affect what happens in Claudio’s story. I usually don’t care much about song lyrics, but the depth of these is staggering. Now as for the music itself, as I mentioned earlier, this is for the fans. After an orchestrated verison of the usual Coheed intro, the first song is actually a light accoustic piece. Then you’re thrusted into the explosive guitar of “Welcome Home”, an epic metal song with guitars remeniscent of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. The next few songs are difficult to describe, as they are the usual Coheed fare, but much more carefully crafted than before. It might take a few listens to pick up on the intricacy of some of them. Two especially noteworthy tracks are “Apollo I: The Writing Writer” and “The Suffering”. Even if you’re not an avid Coheed fan, you’ve got to love these songs. Finally, we return to the story of Claudio and dive into the final four tracks, which make up the half hour long finale, “The Willing Well”. Each movement is… as corny as this sounds… a rollercoaster ride of emotions, shifting from one style to another. “III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth” is the second half of “The Writing Writer”, which revives the song with a heavier feel and angrier, more brutal lyrics. And just when you think you’ve reached the height of this rock opera (as some have called it), the song abruptly ends, and we enter the last part, “IV: The Final Cut”. This is one heavy song, in the original sense of the word. You’d swear you were listening to Pink Floyd. This goes beyond anything I could have ever imagined Coheed achieving. It’s simply amazing. And when that finally ends, you’re treated to a little hidden bluegrass song, a nice and unexpected finishing touch. As awesome as this all sounds, you’ll appreciate it more if you hear the band’s previous two albums The Second Stage Turbine Blade and In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 first. In fact, if you haven’t heard them, half of what I said about the storyline probably didn’t make sense to you anyway. But all in all, this is a magnificent album, and perfect for the next step of the journey. I can only imagine what the series’ conclusion will be…

    Posted on February 22, 2010