Coheed and Cambria
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3


3.5
great

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
February 5th, 2006 | 34 replies | 4,320 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

A bands first album is very important. The success of it will either make, or break a band. So what would I suggest for a band to do? Well, I would try to create something unique, but at the same time being accessible to the listener, and also for the album to flow smoothly. With Coheed & Cambria, they did just that. The Second Stage Turbine Blade was released in 2002 on Equal Vision Records. The success of that album actually convinced the bands label that Coheed & Cambria were going to be big, and they were going to need help to distribute, and promote the band, so therefore they jointly signed with Columbia Records. What happened next was the release of the album In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3. Granted, this isn’t as original as The Second Stage Turbine Blade is, nor is it close to being called a classic either, but it is still enjoyable, and very accessible at that.

What is so accessible is that singer Claudio’s voice is high-pitched, but no too much. His work on songs such as Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow), and the self-titled, eight minute epic In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 will leave the listener amazed. The music is put together well, and cohesively works with Claudio’s singing; particularly on Cuts Marked In The March Of Men, but back to Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow). Out of every Coheed & Cambria song, this has the most emotional, heart wrenching lyrics. In a part of the chorus it seems that the lyrics resolve around either killing one self to end the pain. “Pull the trigger, and the nightmare stops." It’s so depressing with the way it is sung that the band had this written at the end of the lyrics in the booklet-“These lyrics are part of a story and should not be taken literally."

It seems that in all three of Coheed & Cambria’s releases that they have a specific sound for each album. With The Second Stage Turbine Blade it showed elements of a post-hardcore influence, and on Good Apollo it seemed targeted to more straight up rock. Here on In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 it is slightly pop-punk based. That is evident on the pop-inspired hit in A Favor House Atlantic, which helped the album gain in popularity, and have steady sales. Even more so with the other single, Blood Red Summer. That is about as squealish, and poppy as the Claudio’s voice will get though.

I am a self-professed Coheed & Cambria lover, but I can’t deny that there are a couple of faults that this album has. A big problem is that bassist Mic Todd is so low in the mix, he might as well of not bothered to record his parts to the songs. The instrumentation is of great quality, but could use some variation at times. Lastly, the final track The Light & The Glass is rather boring. Basically it goes on for nine-minutes, and has a pretty cool outro, but from beginning to the middle of the song, you just sit there listening, waiting for it to get over with, or at least surprise you with some grand chorus, which it basically fails to do. However, at the end of that song is a hidden track, titled 2113, which is also nine-minutes, and makes up big time for the dragged out The Light And The Glass. There’s some great instrumentation during the whole song, and the guitar helps make this album end on an enjoyable note.

As already said, this is a great album, but not a classic like the other two Coheed & Cambria records. There are some great songs on here, such as the epic title-track, Cuts Marked In The March of Men, and Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow). This gets a conditional recommendation from me, and if you love either of the other two Coheed and Cambria releases, then you’ll like this, just not as much.






…pray for us all, pray for us all, pray for us all, pray for us all, pray for us all, pray for us all, pray for us all…



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innerdark
February 5th 2006



749 Comments


good review bad band

about the thing directed to itastelike...

Matt can get high pitched sometimes, but it's not as irritating ass C&C

that said, because you hate the band, doesn't mean you neg a good review

Apathy
February 5th 2006



645 Comments


Good review, but, as I said before...


Can't stand them.



pixiesfanyo
February 5th 2006



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hm, i think this album was released... without columbia first.

because on my copy columbia isn't listed anywhere.

Storm In A Teacup
February 5th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, oh well, it still works.
You might be right, just compare the quality of the videos of A Favor House Atlantic, and Blood Red Summer.

BloodThirstyGuillotine
February 5th 2006



63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't know why anyone would hate Coheed, but I guess your all entitled to your own opinions.

This was the first Coheed album I got, and I loved it from the moment I pressed play. It didn't really grow old either, because at least a year after now I still enjoy listening to it. Great album (like I can find a Coheed album that isn't), and a great review.

My faves....21:13 / The Crowing / The Velorium Camper III: Al the Killer / In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

halfdeadhippo
February 5th 2006



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The issue that I've got with this album is that it isn't consistant. Some of the songs really stand out, but the lame tracks between the sweet ones interrupts the flow that the first one had. That said, "A Favor House Atlantic" seems to be the only song with annoying vocals that I've heard. Oh well, differing opinions.

BloodThirstyGuillotine
February 5th 2006



63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't personally see the problem with his high-pitched vocals in any song, including A Favor House Atlantic.

Meh, I'm a fanboy of the band, so I guess my opinion doesn't matter. :P

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 5th 2006



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well there are either fanboys or haters, so your opinion does matter.

Stop streching it, his voice is really not that bad at all.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Storm In A Teacup
February 5th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback everyone.
This is a great album, but both TSSTB, and GAIBS4 are miles better, they're both classic.

Cravinov13
February 5th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno why this album gets more crap then there others, I LOVE IT! It's my favorite Coheed And Cambria CD.

Storm In A Teacup
February 5th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Spat Out Plath]Very good review, can't really comment on the band though. I'd say Claudio's voice is the most inaccessable aspect to the band, actually.[/quote]
Thanks, Sylvia.
I don't understand what people find wrong with his voice. It seems like any other singers to me. :confused:

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2006



15727 Comments


No It's like his pants are about 3 sizes too small. And It's cold. The guy isnt straining like most pop punk bands, but it's freakishly high.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Cravinov13
February 5th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Funny, cause he looks like a rather big guy

Storm In A Teacup
February 5th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He certainly doesn't sound like that on the live version of Blood Red Summer of the live at the avalon ep that came with this.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2006



15727 Comments


wtf Kripes, not commenting on my Blue Review??? Jeez!

Anyway another well done review, if a bit short. I found your Good Apollo review better. Coheed's not my cup of tea though...

Storm In A Teacup
February 5th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sorry, I don't like them, so I didn't look. I will now though.

spoon_of_grimbo
February 6th 2006



2240 Comments


strange, i hate the general emo genre and most high pitched vox, but i love C&C!!!! great album!

Storm In A Teacup
February 6th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=spoon of grimbo]strange, i hate the general emo genre and most high pitched vox, but i love C&C!!!! great album![/quote]
Maybe that's because they aren't emo! :mad:

Cravinov13
February 6th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

exactly! C&C are more of a progressive hard rock band, not pop punk, not emo, just prog hard rock.

Storm In A Teacup
February 6th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They aren't prog either, Cravinov.



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