In following with the epic feel of “Fear Through The Eyes of Madness”, Coheed & Cambria have delivered a hard-hitting, rip-roaring, ear-bleeding gem of an album. This album outdoes even the most epic of metal bands from the ’80’s to present day. I would break down the songs one by one for you, telling you their pros and cons, but, honestly, there are no cons, and I don’t think I have enough space here for the pros alone anyway. My favorite song on this album is definitely “Gravemakers and Gunslingers” because it really shows both Claudio Sanchez’s (lead singer, guitarist) and Travis Stever’s (lead guitarist) talents as guitarists. An easy five stars out of five. If there were more stars, I would give them. Five out of five does not even come close to doing this album justice.
A quick note on the band in general: I have told many of my friends about Coheed & Cambria over the years since the release of “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” and have had only a few converts. This has led me to believe C&C are definitely an acquired taste, much like good wine. You have to savor them, taking in every nuance. It’s definitely a good idea to listen to an entire album if it’s your first time hearing them. Their albums are not meant to have one song taken from them because their albums are a continuing story, meant to be taken/absorbed as a whole. For those of you who haven’t heard much of C&C yet, give them a chance and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.