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Coheed and Cambria have returned with possibly their best album to date and certainly their best output since In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003).

While I wasn’t completely  ready to jump ship completely after 2010’s Year of the Black Rainbow, I seriously debated whether or not Coheed were still in the game with as much skin as was exhibited on their first three albums between 2002 and 2005.

The new sci-fi comic-book mythology of this  ‘double album’ proves Sanchez, who has reunited with original Coheed drummer Josh Eppard, has a  renewed youthful vigor and muscled approach to this latest batch of songs.

The band just hits its mark on every song of this record.  It’s rare these days, but this really is one of those ‘perfect albums.’  The riffs are the kind you play air guitar to.  Each tune with a rhythm section clearly defined.  Sanchez takes on multiple characters throughout the  nine tracks featured with his unique voice.  Their love note to Thin Lizzy exhibited on ‘Goodnight, Fair Lady’ midway through the record, before launching into the metal machine music of ‘Holly Wood the Cracked.’

The band cannot be characterized by one specific genre.  There’s hard rock, arena rock, progressive rock, alternative, emo and classic rock in their veins and course through the strings and snares and cymbals into your ears.  If you’re looking for something to really sync your iPod too – then pick up Coheed’s new album today and turn it up to 11 on your home or car stereo.  You can thank me at the end of the year when you’re still playing it…

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