Coheed and Cambria
The Second Stage Turbine Blade


3.5
great

Review

by februarystars57 USER (5 Reviews)
April 27th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid debut from the prog metallers, who wear their post hardcore influences on their sleeves.

The band, Coheed and Cambria, are based around Claudio Sanchez’s (singer/guitarist) Amory Wars concept, and all their albums are a different part of the story. Although they have been relatively consistent with each album, each album has seen the listener getting more and more smothered with the concept from The Amory Wars, which is a fictional five part saga which tells the story of the 2 main characters, Coheed and Cambria, whose marriage is doomed, yet their children may have the power to unknowingly destroy our very existence.

The Second Stage Turbine is their debut album, and is arguably their most focused work. The idea of the concept is still present, however, as a listener, you do not have this rammed down your throat constantly, whilst musically and lyrical themes are revisited intelligently and sparingly, whetting the listeners appetite. Sanchez’s vocals soar on this album, however, as this is Coheed in their early days, his vocals aren't as refined as on the later albums, but you can certainly hear the passion in his voice. Again, the lyrics seem to be less obsessed with the concept, and more about simply contributing to the album as a full body of work.

Excellent musicianship is displayed here from the entire band, with the heavy guitar onslaught of songs such as Neverender, Junesong Provision and Devil in Jersey, the controlled melodic nature of Time Consumer and God Send Conspirator, and the catchy, almost pop-like Everything Evil. The riffs are heavy yet memorable, and melody and hooks are well executed throughout. Although the band do have prog tendencies, (you can compare Sanchez’s high range vocals with Rush's Geddy Lee, and the the distorted guitars to that of Queensryche) and wear these influences on their sleeve, they do tend to stay away from the over indulgent side of prog (ie. Dream Theater, Symphony X) keeping things easy to listen to, and not boring the listener with technical nonsense.

Comparisions to Post Hardcore heavyweights such as At-The Drive-in and Fugazi can clearly be identified, but this is not to say the band don't have their own identity, and although this album may tire a little towards the end (the guitars start to sound a bit samey towards the end of the album) and lacks the catchy-ness of the second album, In Keeping Secrets, this is an impressive debut, from a talented band burning at their most intense.


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maidenpmcc
April 27th 2010


1424 Comments


A couple of paragraph's would of helped.

fromtheinside
April 27th 2010


18363 Comments


review's tl;dr

Digging: Gehenna - Seen Through the Veils of Darkness

PanasonicYouth
April 27th 2010


7411 Comments


i stopped at summary
prog metallers
lol

TRMshadow
April 27th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lol, I'd definitely say that they're in the progressive genre, but prog METAL? I don't think so

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010


17215 Comments


holy giant block of text batman

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

PanasonicYouth
April 27th 2010


7411 Comments


exactly
this is more pop-punk than anything

PanasonicYouth
April 27th 2010


7411 Comments


no it isn't
it's a 5
don't be a homosexual

PanasonicYouth
April 27th 2010


7411 Comments


are you serious you gotta be kidding

Poet
April 27th 2010


5935 Comments


Coheed could release a album filled with ska and rap and you'd rate it a 5 Kris

PanasonicYouth
April 27th 2010


7411 Comments


dude
gregg
fucking awesome idea

NeutralThunder12
April 27th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bad review. No good bro.

hando
April 27th 2010


161 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the fuck is this

americanmusicmachine
April 27th 2010


3953 Comments


i'm comin' at cha like this

9 times outta 10 it was a bitch

Foxhound
April 27th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol

februarystars57
April 28th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although Coheed bring elements of pop and emo, they still essentially have the low frequency guitars, which predominantly makes them a metal band. And they incorporate elements of prog rock into this. Just because they arent a heavy / power metal outfit who toy with the idea of prog ie Dream Theater, Symphony X. I shall sort the paragraphs out. and your right this was a hard album to rate.

Gee
April 28th 2010


228 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The concept was alot more obvious in this and IKS than in the latter albums.

Phantom
April 28th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best

Piglet
April 28th 2010


4654 Comments


I used to think that the cover was a strange motorbike lol



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