Coheed and Cambria
The Second Stage Turbine Blade


5.0
classic

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Coheed and Cambria set the benchmark with their debut album. They may never surpass it and they can carry on trying, but this album simply proves that they had it right first time round. Catchy, dark, epic and magnificent - a true alt. rock classic.

Perfect albums seldom cross my path. Sure, there are many classic albums out there but for the most part, even the very best albums have nuances or minor flaws that bring them down, even if it is just a tad. Not long ago, I really disliked Coheed and Cambria. Claudio Sanchez's voice pierced my eardrums with the kind of unwanted intensity that isn't dissimilar to getting beaten up on the street - yes, I really did dislike it that much. But after much persuasion, I decided to give them another chance.

The band's debut album may have taken a little while for me to get to grips with but I can safely say it is an alternative rock gem. Upon first listen, I found it to be a little overblown and it certainly did come across as pretentious. In all fairness, whilst I admit I have developed a strong childlike love of the band, I still think the concept surrounding their albums is the height of pretentiousness. But when the music is this good, quite frankly, I don't care. After the introductory instrumental of the title track, one of the albums early highlights kicks in. Time Consumer is magical; a perfect combination of interesting song arrangement, unique and emotional vocals and solid musicianship. After a mid-tempo instrumental section, Claudio comes in. This guy can sure as hell sing - his alto register vocals suit the music perfectly and whilst he may be the main thing that divides people's opinions about the band, to be truthful he IS the band. By the time the epic chorus has come around, you're starting to dig the band more and more.

"Maria, my star, Matthew good night, you know, my law, when you'll be forgiven!"

Catchy as hell, that's for sure. The song even boasts a totally unexpected and brilliantly executed guitar solo - tasteful and most definitely orgasmic. The single from the album and undoubtedly one of the band's most well-known tunes, Devil in Jersey City, is a superb poppy-influenced track with driving guitars and obnoxiously catchy vocal hooks. But what differentiates the band from others who have perfected the tried and tested pop-punk influenced hit single formula is undoubtedly the content and themes portrayed by Claudio's lyrics.

"When you're down, on the floor, bleeding bastard..."

Cut short, the song is about one of the more prominent characters, Coheed, dreaming of his daughter Josephine and her boyfriend Patrick being brutally beaten by a gang called the Jersey City Devils. Oh and they rape Josephine. Pretty dark I'd say...Time Consumer is about Coheed poisoning his twin offspring, Maria and Matthew. Again, Claudio may have some issues and all, but it works wonderfully well seeing as the music gives off this happy upbeat feel.

I've heard a lot of people say that the rhythm section of the band is weak and some even go as far as to say it's boring and almost ruins the music. Well, in my opinion, bullshit. Whilst the drumming is far from complex, it's simple and effective. The bass actually does some awesome lines and fills, most notably in Time Consumer and the undeniably brilliant Delirium Trigger. Suffice to say, I'm quite happy that the drums are simple and the bass not too crazy. If you want crazy rhythm sections, go and listen to Death...

Second Stage Turbine Blade is an album that can take a while to digest. This is largely due to the huge, confusing and intricate background story to all of the lyrics. I won't go into any depth (for those who want to find out more, read some of the other Coheed and Cambria reviews or get on wikipedia) but the story is definitely an interesting one. For those who decide to get into the story as well as the music, I salute you - because it really does add to the overall enjoyment. Claudio's lyrics are far from simple or cliche either; he draws you in and coupled with the incredibly emotional delivery of some of the lines, it's no wonder that everyone seems to have a good wank over this band on sputnik.

One of the biggest draws for me on this album was the guitar work. It might not be as technically proficient as the playing found on their recent album, nor as epic as some of the material found on this albums successor. But hell, it works and works really well. The simple chords that carry the verses of Time Consumer; the opening and somewhat complex clean riff of Everything Evil or the sleazy rock blues-inspired intro of Hearshot Kid Disaster. Whatever Travis or Claudio come up with, it slays. End of. Whilst we're on the subject of Hearshot Kid Disaster, the song boasts one of the craziest screams in all musical existence. Further proves that while he might sound as if he doesn't have any, Claudio has cojones when it comes to vocals.

It is difficult to review an album that is as deep and as complex as Second Stage Turbine Blade. As far as songwriting goes, this is definitely Coheed and Cambria's best album. That goes for emotion too - Claudio sounds particularly manic on Delirium Trigger (the chorus has some of the best voice-breaks I've ever heard). Each of the ten tracks (if you discount IRO-Bot, the secret ditty at the end of God Send Conspirator) offers something and brings everything to the table in terms of talent, creativity and all round excellence. If you heard Good Apollo and thought it was good but not great, I'd recommend this. A truly magnificent album at best and undoubtedly a classic in the alternative/progressive genres.

Recommended Tracks
Time Consumer
Devil in Jersey City
Everything Evil
Delirium Trigger



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Fort23
August 10th 2007


2480 Comments


Great review, i think this a tad overrated but it's still a lot of what you described.

Geedrummer
August 10th 2007


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love the album but slightly agree with fort23, great review tho


chimera908
August 10th 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good review. This album has been growing on me since I bought it but I can't see this as a classic. Maybe it will keep growing on me but I don't know. None the less it's an amazing album.

tribestros
August 10th 2007


918 Comments


Thank you, I love the album as well. Its the most easily accessible, while retaining an addicting dark and creepy vibe to it. My favorite Coheed album easily.

kalkal50
August 10th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, but when are you gonna do a negative review you give 5's all the time,

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't own many albums that I don't like.

But I was thinking of doing a Bring Me the Horizon review, if I can stomach listening to their album enough. Watch this space!

NOTINTHEFACE
August 10th 2007


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow I just bought this yesterday, go figure.

Upon first listen, I found it to be a tad disappointing. But I trust the reviewer when he says that it grows on you. The only tracks that stuck out to me were Time Consumer (magnificent) and Delirium Trigger. But I'll give it another chance.

Geedrummer
August 10th 2007


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its the production of the album that put me off at the start. but it does grow on you

Cravinov13
August 10th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't care for this album at all.

NOTINTHEFACE
August 10th 2007


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I noticed that. But it didn't turn me off too much, since I'm used to listening to poorly produced albums. Too much Indie, I guess.

Patrick
August 10th 2007


1891 Comments


delirium trigger is epic

Otisbum
August 10th 2007


1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review for an awesome album.

Still not sure whether I'll give this a 4 or 4.5 yet.

Hearshot Kid Disaster, the song boasts one of the craziest screams in all musical existence
While this is a large exaggeration, the scream is pretty sick. Listening to this at the moment.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

chimera908
August 10th 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I've gotten to the point where I think the first 4 songs are classics, the first two I felt that way about my first listen, the second two took a while to grow on me. But from then on out the songs are like 3-4s so I dunno, I hope they grow on me as well.

My favorite track from this album as of now is Delerium Trigger.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've also been having quite a love affair with the latter half of the album recently; particularly Neverender and God Send Conspirator.

It has to be said, the middle part of the album is weaker than beginning and end but nonetheless, I wouldn't say any of the tracks are bad at all.

La Revolucion
August 10th 2007


1060 Comments


I'm not sure what everyone sees in this album. Hmm.

Confessed2005
August 30th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This needs more comments.

BUMP!

BattleOfSerenity
January 9th 2008


186 Comments


COMMENT
Hey lil Ginge.
I agree with 'Patrick'.
(not sure if that's his actual name or he's just a massive coheed fan)
But my name is Patrick, so yeah, big it up.
Delirium Trigger is massively overlooked on this album.
Was my 2nd favourite the first time I heard it, after Everything Evil.
Ofc.

BattleOfSerenity
January 9th 2008


186 Comments


I remember when I first tried to convince you to get into Coheed, and you said they weren't your thing and completely ignored me.

As you also did with Porcupine Tree, and now Mr. Bungle.

You gay.

Confessed2005
January 12th 2008


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm sorry Pat. In future I'll take heed of your gospel.

Confessed2005
January 30th 2008


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is deservedly the Co&Ca album with the highest average rating.

Yay for me and my personal preferences.



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