Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Coheed and Cambria

Last week I purchased the latest album, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol 1, from modern prog-rock gods Coheed and Cambria. Coheed and Cambria fuse together the best of metal, rock and the weirdness that truely defines them. In Coheed's last three albums they have been telling the story of a post-apocalyptical world. Here is the summary of the story from MTV.com

"The story revolves around a married couple — Coheed and Cambria — who must sacrifice their brood, sparing the rest of the known universe from the threat of collapse. One of the children, Claudio, manages to escape, and not long after, Coheed transforms into an evil being called the Monstar — thanks to a serum injected into his bloodstream years ago. Ultimately, the ball's in Monstar's court when it comes to whether the universe will be crushed or salvaged."

As you can see Coheed and Cambria are not your usual band that get lumped into the emo rock scene, they are more likely to resemble Led Zeppelin than any current emo band. With strong influence from past progressive artists like Bad Brains and Fugazi, and with comparisons to current artists like The Mars Volta, Coheed drives full steam ahead to create a new genre of music fueled by guitar and sci-fi. Check Coheed and Cambria out at their website. I am put a video from their last album on my blog so you can see what they sound like. Enjoy!!!

In other news:
I am going to see Sufjan Stevens tommorrow night at the TLA. Expect a concert review next week.

One of my favorite bands Sigur Ros released their new album Takk... last week. I am really excited to hear this album. Check the out Sigur Ros


Blogger bren said...

Wow I think that is killer that you like Coheed. They are so amazingly good. I have not heard the whole new cd yet, but I hear that it is really really good. I have to say that I am mainly a fan of their singles, but they are good either way. Do you know if they are playing in Philly anytime soon? I have never seen them live and I really really want to if they are on a good bill. The single from the new cd sounds pretty good, but there are definitely a couple of incredible tracks laced in on that cd. I like how you put up one of their old videos, too. This is a sick song, but it's no Favor House Atlantic. I have to say that will always be my number one Coheed song. Either way, they are an amazing band. I hope that you post more on bands of their caliber in the future.

September 27, 2005 3:59 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hey Mike, I'm not going to lie, but by looking at the picture, the guy with a lot of hair really looks like a man from the stoneage. Again, I have never heard of this band before. However, I am a huge Zeppelin fan and you say that they resemble them? Or are you just comparing them to the "oddness" that Zeppelin had compared to classic rock, implying that this band has that "oddness" to their music category. When i say "oddness" I don't mean it as a bad thing, just something that stands them apart from other bands. I guess that's what makes great bands.

September 28, 2005 2:31 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

I was listening to Coheed and Cambria while reading your post. They sounded alright to me, except the singer has a very high voice, and it does sound similar to punk rock lead vocalists', although you say prog-rock is definetly different than punk rock. When they tell this story of a post-apocalyptical world, are they saying it as a satire, or something that truly can happen? Personally I think it is kind of far out there and weird. Or at least the thought of an acutal apocalypse. So does each song tell a different part of the story in this third installment of the story? I wonder how much money you spend on albums each year. But it is good that you do, with the new age of downloading music and not acutally purchasing CD's anymore. It is a showing of a true fan to whomever goes to their local record/CD store and spends money on an artist they enjoy.

September 28, 2005 7:17 PM  
Blogger Yola said...

Hey...I just read your blog and I have to say I really like it. I too am really into music and I appreciate different types of music, so I wil enjoy checking in to hear the music and also your reviews. But question...What do you think of Adult Alternative Music...such as Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and other musicians alike? I was just curious of your thoughts about them. Also what places are around here that I could possibly hear really mellow music like that or even a good reggae club? I'll check in later to see your response.

September 29, 2005 11:45 PM  
Blogger kendro said...

Hey, not a bad band. Not necessarily the sound I am used to or tend to want to listen to. I find a lot of bands have great music but the singer can kill it for me sometimes. I would have gotten another singer personally for the band, but their sound is good. Its different to hear a band that has a story to it. Where each song adds to the whole story. But hey, how bad would the music world be if you had the same typical bands. Yeah it wouldn't be too much fun. It's good to see bands pushing the limits with music and doing what the like. I'm interested to see what band you'll post about next. This is an easy way to find out about new music! Keep it up!

October 01, 2005 6:42 PM  
Blogger AHipple said...

I have to I've listened to Coheed and Cambria for a while and have most of their earlier cds. HOwever it did take a while for me to begint o liek the singers voice at first I found it kind of harsh. Buti think that he is getting better and they are making better music now. Im curious how the new cd is though? You didnt really give your opinion of it and how it compares to their old ones.

October 03, 2005 4:37 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hey Mike! I really enjoy reading your blog because I'm such a huge music fan myself and so far I've only really heard and listen to one of the bands you've talked about (Death Cab). I'm always trying to discover new music and your blog is one of the best places to start. I have to admit that after seeing a picture of Coheed, I was pretty surprised at the lead singer's voice. The whole concept of their albums is really quite interesting and after reading a couple of reviews, it seems like Coheed has a pretty intense fan base. I listened to a couple of their songs from their Good Apollo album and I was really impressed. I'm definitely gonna buy the album!

October 11, 2005 8:50 PM  
Blogger Mike Savino said...

I love Coheed and Cambria. My favorite song is off their last album, "Three Evils." I'm not a huge fan of their hit song, "A Favor House Atlantic." I did like it then it got way too main stream for me. Coheed has an incredibly cool sound, especially with their lead singers voice being so high pitched. I play guitar, so I listen to their guitar a lot. It's really complicated and intricate and is really tough to play the right way. Regardless, they are a sick band and I am looking forward to seeing them live soon.

November 21, 2005 6:08 PM  

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