COHEED AND CAM­BRIA

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Thirty Sec­onds To Mars, A Per­fect Cir­cle, Rush ■ Imag­ine watch­ing the Star Wars movies out of se­quence, with no clue about the plot. This type of con­fu­sion is even worse for new­com­ers try­ing to get a han­dle on Coheed And Cam­bria. Nearly all their al­bums are linked by a hard-to­fol­low story, with char­ac­ters trac­tor-beamed away into ever more com­plex prog-pro­pelled epics. You have to won­der if even main-man Clau­dio Sanchez re­ally knows what’s go­ing on now. On this sev­enth con­cept al­bum, lengthy opener The Dark Sen­tencer sets the scene in stan­dard fash­ion – by go­ing dra­mat­i­cally over the top. It rarely breathes fire, but it’s delectably nu­anced, and in that sense, clas­sic Coheed. The ti­tle-track is an emo­tional wrench, fea­tur­ing some of Clau­dio’s most heart­felt singing, but in con­trast Queen Of The Dark just qui­etly plods, free of mo­men­tum. For­tu­nately, Black Sun­day gets things back on track, weav­ing darkly in­ter­est­ing hooks from un­likely, jagged riffs. Still, it’s di­vert­ing stuff, even for those who don’t have even the vaguest idea of the plot. STEVE BEEBEE

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