Coheed And Cambria are always at their finest when they’re being dramatic, and as such ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ is possibly their best record to date. Most notably, though, it’s definitely a prog-rock record, and it’s important to underline this as they’ve arguably only flirted with the genre so far. ‘Here We Are Juggernaut’ is one of the finest songs they’ve recorded. It’s so hugely anthemic and contains a whispered conversation between frontman Claudio Sanchez and one of the fictional characters invented for the script that inspires the band’s music. All of which sounds a bit pompous, as does the fact that the special edition of this album features a 352-page novel, but it’s highly impressive that the ambitious, vivid nature of this record makes that seem entirely justified. Songs such as ‘In The Flame Of Error’ are so immersive, so expertly emotional and darkly affecting, it feels easy to join Sanchez in the fantasy he has created. Rock Sound looks forward to reading said novel, and will never tire of listening to this excellent fifth album from Coheed And Cambria.