I was first introduced to Coheed and Cambria when I heard “A Favorhouse Atlantic” on the radio. However, it wasn’t until Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 1 that I gave into the temptation and gave them an honest listen. Since then, I haven’t looked back. Co&Ca has been an almost permanent fixture in my car and on my computer ever since that CD. Then, I started digging deeper and realized that the members of Co&Ca were telling a story; a crazy, sci-fi rock opera that would ultimately span five CDs and contained more violence, melodrama, backstabbing and pain than any soap opera out there.
But, instead of turning me away, it drew me in and made me actively listen, trying to piece the puzzle together. Volume 1 also marked a huge change for the story as it introduced The Writer and brought the earlier themes of sci-fi to life. It made what was being told more human and introduced the Writer’s own failings and insecurities. It was a defining moment for the band. Now, we have Volume 2: No World for Tomorrow and it promises to close shut the story of Coheed, Cambria, Claudio and the whole Kilganon family before the first chapter in the story is released.
Volume 2 is Co&Ca’s masterpiece. It draws inspiration from all three of the previous albums, warps them and presents a unified front that is the culmination of everything that came before it. The songs effortlessly move from unabashed rock to power ballads to pop, all cemented with Claudio’s soaring, albeit polarizing, voice. Some of the songs here standout as the absolute best of Co&Ca. In particular, “Mother Superior,” “The End Complete” and “The Road and the Damned” are probably my favorite songs created by Co&Ca. What surprised me was how I could hear some of their earlier work pop out in the songs. A scream here, or a refrain, a lyric or the ending of the CD. It did what a good multi-part story should do and come full circle.
I could go through and list my feelings toward each track, but I won’t. If you are new to Coheed and Cambria, this is easily their most accessible. But it’s also one of their best. I know some fans haven’t been really into Co&Ca since their last album. Their sound has changed. For me, it’s changed for the better and Volume 2 equally takes from their previous album and their roots to create what is arguably their best album yet. Give them a try, if you’re new. It’s a wild journey.