Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews - SO­PHIE MAUGHAN

Co­heed’s lat­est full-length, Vaxis – Act I:

The Un­heav­enly Crea­tures, of­fered a new in­stal­ment of the Amory Wars – the be­wil­der­ing sci-fi ad­ven­tures penned by the band’s front­man. And tonight,

Clau­dio Sanchez’s prog-rock crew are back in Birm­ing­ham af­ter what seems like light years away. It takes but one note from sprawl­ing, seven-minute opener

The Dark Sen­tencer to en­trance the au­di­ence, and the fist-pump­ing ar­dour of Here We Are Jug­ger­naut to keep them gripped. Ban­ter be­tween songs is min­i­mal, with a pref­er­ence to just let the om­nipresent en­ergy of the four-piece’s an­themic arse­nal do the talk­ing dur­ing the set. The Acad­emy pos­i­tively vi­brates with the au­di­ence’s vol­u­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion through­out A Fa­vor House At­lantic and Ten

Speed (Of God’s Blood And Burial). Ex­pan­sive swathes of un­du­lat­ing melodies sit along­side flaw­less vo­cals, gleam­ing pop-rock sen­si­bil­i­ties and equally thrilling cho­ruses; Clau­dio and Travis Stever trade so­los be­neath neon strobes dur­ing the sig­na­ture jam Wel­come Home, as its un­mis­tak­able in­tro riff is greeted by deaf­en­ing roars that linger long af­ter those fi­nal ‘Whoaah’ re­frains are bel­lowed tri­umphantly into the night. Long may the saga con­tinue.

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