-Good quality production
-Good instrument tonality
-Interesting overarching concept
-Favorite songs: "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" and "The Light and the Glass"
Full ReviewBefore I begin my official review of Coheed and Cambria's album "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3", for those of you whom are blissfully unaware; all of Coheed and Cambria's musical work contribute to a greater musical "concept." The idea behind Coheed and Cambria is really this huge sci-fi intergalactic love story, which has been described as a "more graphic Star Wars." As such, some material on their albums contain an occasional profanity or depiction of violence through words; however when considered in the context of the story, they are very necessary and minimal in the least.
So here we are, "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3" is my favorite Coheed album to date. While the concept story is slowly released by front man Claudio Sanchez, the general idea of this album is that the main character is in a dream-like state. He is having visions of what could be and how he should go about altering what occurs. From this point on I will not get too deep into the story, as quite frankly I am not certain of what it is.
Musically, Coheed and Cambria is truly a mesh of different styles. Often they are related to Rush, however that is just touching the surface. There are songs that definitely appeal to the masses (namely: "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer"), songs that appeal to progressive music lovers (the title track, "Cuts Marked in the March of Men", and the 3-part "Velorium Camper" series), as well as to those who enjoy indie rock and similar genres. In truth, it is relatively difficult to really define Coheed and Cambria's music as one genre; as they constantly are pushing music forwards, beyond the realm of genres. They are personally one of the few "lighter" bands I listen too, in comparison to the black metal I tend to pleasure myself with.
The album opens with the intro song "The Ring in Return", which is my favorite Coheed introduction by far as it really gives the listener a peek into the story that is being told. By the end of the track you can even hear the rocket engine of Velorium Camper, which is just a nerds dream. After this point, the album is relentless in a beautiful sort of way. Every single song is listenable, each with their own unique flair. I have attended 2 Coheed concerts to date, and to say the least the entire crowd is able to sing along to the songs presented. With chanting sections in "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" to awsome choruses in the songs "The Velorium Camper III: Al the Killer" and "A Favor House Atlantic" (well, basically in all of the songs) to softer and more ballady moments in "The Light and the Glass" you can't go wrong.
For those of you who really pay attention to the instrument sounds and tonality (like myself, as a musician) you will be happily surprised to here a range of different tones in the guitars, as well as proper mixing on the other instruments. Occasional light synth usage really add to the dream atmosphere of this album as well.
It is rather difficult to really analyze this album when I would like to just tell people to go on youtube, check out the songs, then by the album if you enjoy. There are not many occasions where I can say, "Every song is worth a listen! Even the bonus song "2113" is amazing!"
The hardest part about getting into Coheed and Cambria is adjusting your ear to Claudio Sanchez's voice, as he sings quite the falsetto that has been compared to a female frequently. Its beautiful, but takes adjusting.
In ClosingCoheed and Cambria's music has changed me on many levels. A few years ago after listening to them non-stop I was inspired directly by them to pick up a guitar and begin playing. These days I am able to play along with their tracks, and work on my own music as well as music with my band. Coheed and Cambria have really changed my life directly through their musical prowess.