15 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coheed and Cambria’s ninth studio album returns to the narrative confines of the emo-prog titans’ Amory Wars saga, a dense sci-fi conceit involving viruses and anti-terrorist agencies that they took a brief break from on 2015’s The Color Before the Sun. But you don’t need a decoder ring to enjoy the group’s latest, which finds frontman Claudio Sanchez and his virtuosic bandmates applying post-hardcore’s burn and progressive rock’s intricate song structures to epic-sounding melodies and passionate grandeur. “Toys” and “The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)” are as catchy as they are technologically flashy, and the album’s sighing final suite—especially the lush piano skyscapes of “Old Flames” and the plaintive balladry of “Lucky Stars”—serves as a tender and hopeful coda to C&C’s latest opus.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coheed and Cambria’s ninth studio album returns to the narrative confines of the emo-prog titans’ Amory Wars saga, a dense sci-fi conceit involving viruses and anti-terrorist agencies that they took a brief break from on 2015’s The Color Before the Sun. But you don’t need a decoder ring to enjoy the group’s latest, which finds frontman Claudio Sanchez and his virtuosic bandmates applying post-hardcore’s burn and progressive rock’s intricate song structures to epic-sounding melodies and passionate grandeur. “Toys” and “The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)” are as catchy as they are technologically flashy, and the album’s sighing final suite—especially the lush piano skyscapes of “Old Flames” and the plaintive balladry of “Lucky Stars”—serves as a tender and hopeful coda to C&C’s latest opus.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

Timinatron ,

Album of the year

Keep your Drake, your Cardi B, your Halsey.
This is music.

HeadhunterA7X.1 ,

Great return to form

This album is, simply put, amazing. Not that I won't listen to something of Coheed's not focused on the lore of the Amory Wars (I loved their last album as well), but I find the lyrics and music that much more inspired when focused on this epic saga. So many good tunes on this album. I cannot get Unheavenly Creatures (the song) out of my head! This album has great epic moments, such as the opening to The Dark Sentencer, and moments of juicy nostalgia, as found in Love Protocol. Do yourself a favor and buy this album!

Quidopher ,

Not What They Used to Be

The Dark Sentencer is your spot on, epic Coheed song with really cool, complimentary guitars. The rest is so poppy! Ever since I discovered Coheed back when IKSoSE3 was released their sound has changed little by little. They peaked with Good Apollo I and slowly digressed. Now they tease you with their signature sound and give you a bunch of pop songs. The music is definitely skilled and well done, but I miss more of that original signature sound.

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