Coheed and Cambria
The Second Stage Turbine Blade


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Amanse USER (12 Reviews)
March 10th, 2011 | 14 replies | 4,376 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God dammit, we'll make it if you believe.

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Passion. A word used to describe an undying love, and an innocent pursuit of something that you feel is bigger than yourself. It gives us hope and happiness, and the will to push forward even under the toughest of circumstances. A passionate album will give off a vibe like that, and when listened to, it will really impact the listener in a way that will inspire them. It tells a story, whether in the literal sense such as a concept, or within the instruments themselves, speaking of hardships and triumphs.

One of these albums is Second Stage Turbine Blade, the first release by New York Alternative Progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria. From beginning to end, this album is a flawless, emotionally charged debut, that grabs you from the get-go and doesn't let you breathe until it is over. The song writing screams originality, and leaves the listener entrapped in a sound-saturated state. Whether it is frontman Claudio Sanchez' beautiful vocal melodies, or the sometimes crunching, sometimes soothing guitar tones, the musicianship on this album shows maturity at a bands earliest stage. The way the two guitar parts are executed throughout the album allows for diversity and creativity to shine like a light in the ever-so-darkened tunnel of modern song writing formulas. They weave in and out of each other creating a seamless, always beautiful, sense of melody that at the same time will give off a lot of raw energy. Whether it be the the floating intro in "Time Consumer" or the foreboding riff to "Everything Evil," the dual guitars never let up.

Both the bass and the drums provide a solid backbone for the guitars and vocals to work upon, and at points in the album, even stand out above the guitars and vocals. Simplicity isn't a bad thing, and in this case, is actually the best thing for the album. Both instruments really compliment everything that is building upon them, and helps add to the overall dynamic of the record.

Now the strongest point of the album, in my opinion, is Claudio Sanchez. His relatable concept-driven lyrics, and the delivery of those lyrics, is what really takes this album to the next level, and making it the classic that it is. The concept behind the album, called The Amory Wars, is a story of betrayal and chaos that we all can relate to. But amidst the chaos, there is a love to be found that, as humans, we are just drawn to. Claudio uses these themes to create very memorable moments in the albums, where the words combine with the emotion in his voice to express his thoughts on the matter.

One of the most memorable lines is near the end of "Everything Evil" when he yells:

God damn it, we'll make it if you believe!

Combined with all of the elements of the album, the vocals and lyrics solidify the classic nature of this album. Second Stage Turbine Blade is an album overflowing with passion and intensity, innocence and diversity, and above anything else, emotion. Overall, this is a flawless record from a band that had nothing to lose, yet everything to gain.



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james420
March 10th 2011



200 Comments


5s a coheed album instead of a rush album

i hate you so hard

heyadam
March 10th 2011



1703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know there are a bunch of 5's for this, but idc, I wanted to write this for a while.


Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

HenchmanOfSanta
March 10th 2011



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No.

ShinXetsu
March 10th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"the duel guitars never let up."

Should be dual instead of duel.

There are a couple little grammatical mistakes here and there like that one, but you get the point across pretty well.


EverythingEvil2113
March 10th 2011



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The one band I will forever carry the title of "fanboy" for. This is my favorite album ever so a gold star for you.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2011



7019 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude i havent listened to CoCa in forever and this album is my fav i need to pop this bad boy in soon

Phideaux
March 11th 2011



1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album.

LegendofPittman
March 11th 2011



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album changed my life.

heyadam
March 14th 2011



1703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mine too. It's so good

Kris.
March 14th 2011



12145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

only a few more weeks til i get to see this played live EXCITED

heyadam
March 14th 2011



1703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

April 22nd for me! I really hope I can get a ride to Detroit!

Erratic
March 14th 2011



1120 Comments


I wish they were coming here

Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2011



7136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

APRIL 27TH FUCK YEAH.

heyadam
December 9th 2011



1703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ I wish I would have been able to make N:SSTB : / I really hope they drop their new album next year so that they can do a headlining tour in support of it



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