THE BAND: Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synth), Travis Stever (guitars, background vocals), Michael Todd (bass), Chris Pennie* (drums & percussion). *It is noted in the album liner notes that “Taylor Hawkins played all drums on this album”.
THE DISC: (2007) 13 tracks clocking in at approximately 60 minutes. There are 2 versions of the release – the single disc in a slim cardboard sleeve (only); and the 2-disc 4-section foldout set containing the album on disc-1, and disc-2 being the DVD containing the making of the album with in-studio footage – including inspiration, turmoil, artwork concepts, etc (21+ minutes); original acoustic demos – 5 songs (27 minutes); “Mother Superior” performed live and acoustic (5+ minutes); and a tour photo album set to music (8 minutes). Included in the 2-disc set is a 14-page booklet containing song titles/credits, song lyrics, artwork pertaining to the story (by famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly), and thank you’s. Recorded at The Pass Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Label – Columbia Records / Sony.
COMMENTS: After listening to Coheed & Cambria’s 1st three albums… and then hearing this “Part IV – Vol. 2 – No World For Tomorrow”… it somehow just all fell together for me. Coheed & Cambria’s 1st album – “The Second Stage Turbine Blade ” (2002) was an odd listen. The music was incredibly intriguing for a debut. However, the vocals were the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. Five years and three complete albums later, I couldn’t picture their music without the high-pitched creator and band leader Sanchez. The DVD lets you in on the mind of Sanchez – for the most part he’s introverted and keeps to himself and his close-knit group of friends. And, that his music is a way for him to branch out and bring his innermost thoughts and fantasies to life. “No World For Tomorrow” is the 4th installment of Sanchez’s sci-fi dream about the Amory Wars (want the full story – check out the series of comic books written by Sanchez and published by Evil Ink Comics). I’ve read that “The Running Free” is the first single to be released (a cool song with some great guitar work, minus the chipmunks gleeful background vocals with all the “ohs”). To date though, I am yet to hear any of this album on the radio. “No World For Tomorrow” starts off in mellow fashion. The gentle acoustic 1+ minute “The Reaping” sets the tone nicely for the title track (listen for the thunder in the background). Track 2 – the song “No World For Tomorrow” is my favorite on the disc (describing how the world is falling apart and there is great change coming). The melody is heavy – in my opinion, the heaviest and darkest thematically on the album. Other highlights include “Feathers” (an upbeat happier tune with some great rhythm guitars and a ripping solo); my 2nd favorite song on the disc – the intricate “Mother Superior” – with it’s acoustic opening, rocking middle, and big ending (complete with orchestra strings); the rocking “Gravemakers & Gunslingers” with its fast pace and heavy guitars (“Go on and pull that trigger!”); as well as the entire 5-part “The End Complete” (tracks 8-13… the highlight being the album closer “On The Brink” – glorious guitars and bluesy undertone with an ending reminiscent of the prior album’s last track, “The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut”). There is absolutely no filler on this album. I love the disc in its entirety. Out of the four Coheed albums to date, this “No World For Tomorrow” is my new favorite. In my opinion, it’s more rock than progressive in tone. The band is extremely tight (showing maturity on their respective instruments) and the guitars are once again the show-piece of the band. Beware of the single disc purchase and the lack-there-of case and liner notes… go for the 2-disc set – it’s worth it (5 stars).