- Record Label: Roadrunner Records
- Release Date: Oct 5, 2018
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Oct 4, 2018This return to the Amory Wars concept is welcome. Even the few seemingly out of place moments are deliberate diversions to reward longtime fans. That said, in an era of renewed appreciation for prog metal in general, this offering should draw legions of new listeners.
Oct 3, 2018If you're a listener here for the details, this stuff is red meat. Sanchez is giving glimpses of where things sit in his universe at the start of the story and hints that his previous set of heroes didn't actually bring down their galactic oppressors. But if you're a listener who's just here for the riffs, it's pretty easy to ignore the voiceover and just dig the synths as they push directly into the album's typically epic opener "The Dark Sentencer".
Kerrang!Oct 3, 2018It's diverting stuff, even for those who don't have even the vaguest idea of the plot. [29 Sep 2018, p.55]
Classic Rock MagazineOct 3, 2018Anyone who spends their weekends lurking in the more pungent corners of sci-fi/horror/comic-book shops will lap it up; for everyone else it's less Star Wars, more Space Balls. [Oct 2018, p.85]
Positive: 5 out of 5
Mixed: 0 out of 5
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Oct 5, 2018It's almost like the band released a "Greatest Hits" album, where each song is built on the foundation of a classic Coheed and Cambria track.It's almost like the band released a "Greatest Hits" album, where each song is built on the foundation of a classic Coheed and Cambria track. Yet, nostalgia never sounded so fresh. While there are highs and lows, the lows are among some of the more powerful weapons in the band's arsenal. For me, it's the strongest album they've made, and it's not close. 5/7 Perfect score.… Expand
Oct 10, 2018After repeated listens, I still have nothing but great things to say about the album. If I had to describe the sound, It's definitely a mix ofAfter repeated listens, I still have nothing but great things to say about the album. If I had to describe the sound, It's definitely a mix of the first Good Apollo record, In Keeping Secrets and Color Before The Sun. And honestly, Every track works, It really does. It starts off hard and it ends hard, I really enjoy it and feel it's definitely one of their best albums.… Expand
Oct 5, 2018If, in your mind, "Year of the Black Rainbow" felt too over-produced and forgettable, if "The Afterman" felt too scattershot, or if "The ColorIf, in your mind, "Year of the Black Rainbow" felt too over-produced and forgettable, if "The Afterman" felt too scattershot, or if "The Color Before the Sun" felt too terrestrial, "Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures" should feel like a return to form for Coheed and Cambria.
Long-time fans will find a lot of familiar smells, story-wise. Once again, we have a story that seems focused on the progeny of two doomed lovers, and once again the first album is more focused on the tale of the lovers than on the progeny himself (but with four more albums, I'm guessing we'll have plenty of time to get to know the titular Vaxis later on). However, unlike "Second Stage Turbine Blade", which attempted to weave a sprawling and still very much unrefined mythology, "Unheavenly Creatures" focuses more squarely on the relationships of the characters and the story (which I have yet to read the novelization of) seems focused on a straightforward space station prison break. That said, the change in perspective is interesting. Claudio is no longer the lost child trying to find himself. He is now a new father tasked with building a future for his child. In that way, not only does the "Vaxis" storyline seem to have a lot of fresh personal experience for Claudio to mine from, it makes "The Color Before the Sun" even more of a turning point in their discography and makes it feel like less of a diversion. One could even see it as the spark that inspired this new pentalogy.
As for the music itself, it's definitely some of their most ambitious work in years, but with great ambition comes great risk. Most of the risks pay off in spades. A lot of these songs are some of the best work they've ever done. However, I feel like the cost of all this productive experimentation is that the album feels a little bloated. Not every song feels like it's pulling its weight and earning its spot in the 1.3-hour run-time, and so the pacing of the album takes a pretty rough hit. That said, this doesn't come off as laziness. Not by a long shot. If anything, this comes off as almost too much unbridled ambition, and really, unbridled ambition has always been Coheed's defining feature. Maybe not every song was ready for prime time, but even the arguable failures are more interesting than most other bands' successes This album doesn't feel like it comes from a band that's tired or repeating itself. This is a band that refuses to rest on its laurels and continues to push itself in strange new directions.
I might not suggest this album as a jumping-on point for new listeners, but if you've already acquired a taste for Coheed, this album will almost certainly satisfy your craving and then some.… Expand
Oct 5, 2018Excellent album with a couple filler tracks.
I'd considering the Prologue unnecessary. Black Sunday was mundane overall (has a decent outroExcellent album with a couple filler tracks.
I'd considering the Prologue unnecessary. Black Sunday was mundane overall (has a decent outro within it).
My most loved tracks are:
The Dark Sentencer
Lucky Stars (very cool track!)
S/N: How is Classic Rock Magazine's review a review? That made no sense at all.... they need to fire their writers and reviewers if that's all they could come up with.… Expand
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