Coheed & Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed are back! Huzzah! Is their new one any good though...?
The first part of a quick-fire double album for prog-pop overlords Coheed & Cambria focuses on a character called Sirius Amory, described as ‘the most celebrated astronomer’ in Coheed’s alternate universe of Heaven’s Fence. It’s another weighty concept for a band whose overall art has always been about way more than just their music. In lesser hands, though, this baggage could be at the detriment of the tunes but not for Coheed. This is the band’s most accomplished, well-realised, accessible and tuneful release to date. It sparkles with invention, creativity, crushing use of dynamics and, when all’s said and done, just really strong songs.