Coheed and Cambria
From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness


4.0
excellent

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (38 Reviews)
September 13th, 2012 | 44 replies | 1,664 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Coheed make a few changes and come out with a slightly unfocused effort that is nevertheless an excellent listen

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

At the time of release, Coheed and Cambria were a band that had firmly established themselves as upcoming major players in the rock scene, with an excellent debut in The Second Stage Turbine Blade and a near-classic in In Keeping Secrets.... With Good Apollo I, Coheed decided to slightly strip down the catchy hooks of IKSSE:3 and produced an album thatsimply rocked out more overall, whilst also furthering the ambition that they had shown in more progressive songs such as In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth and The Light and the Glass. They suceeded in doing both of these things, but - not helped by the inclusion of a couple of ballads - a side-effect was a blend of styles that lacked cohesion and failed to flow particularly well as an album.

However, even more worrying than the lack of cohesion (and one of its causes), is the inclusion for the first time of what sounds suspiciously like filler on a Coheed album. Once Upon Your Dead Body, The Lying Lies and Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court and Mother May I are, to put it bluntly, useless poppy rock songs that fail to add anything to the album apart from a couple of half-decent hooks that are put to shame by the album's better moments. Even worse, they are grouped dangerously close together, with the result that the middle section comes very close to dragging. Crossing the Frame is more or less the same story, but it contains an excellent bridge section that saves it from mediocrity. Along with these sub-par songs, the two ballads Always and Never and Wake Up that are presumably intended to provide a change of pace, only serve to drain some of the energy out of the album, and whilst they are good songs in themselves, they drag Good Apollo down rather than imbue it with variety.

Now, so far I have been almost completely critical, but now that the bad is out of the way, the good parts of the album can be explored better. Claudio Sanchez's voice (which is a love/hate thing for most people, and I have always been firmly in the 'love' party) remains as strong as ever, shining in every song and possibly being the only thing consistant across the album. The high-energy single The Suffering (which is basically A Favor House Atlantic v.2) shows his vocals particularly well, as does the other excellent single Tenspeed (Of God's Blood and Burial). These songs are both highly recommended, as they combine the band's rock and pop elements perfectly, in a similar way that past songs Devil in Jersey City and Three Evils managed to do so well. Tenspeed also boasts a stellar guitar solo, a feature that has always been slightly lacking in the band's back catalogue, but which occurs more often on Good Apollo. The other single, Welcome Home is still Coheed's best known song, and whether or not it deserves to be so, its driving, Led Zeppelin-inspired verses, powerful chorus, dramatic strings and epic outro rock just as hard today as they did when the song played on MTV. Welcome Home is one of the darker, heavier songs of the album and is a force to be reckoned with.

Now, the real reason that this review is rated a 4 and not a 3.5, or even a high 3, is the final four songs, which form a suite that goes by the name The Willing Well. Up til now, the album has consisted of a few catchy songs, two ballads that very nearly negate the catchy songs' energy, a good deal of filler,and Welcome Home. None of these songs come close to touching the highlights of the band's first two albums, such as Everything Evil and The Crowing, but here everything changes. From the dark, twisted first half of Fuel for the Feeding End to the soaring outro solo of The Final Cut, the suite is absolutely solid; a devastating combination of four of the best songs the band ever released. Fear Through the Eyes of Madness is the winner though, a bizarely happy song with excellent, playful guitar work that gets better and better until it climaxes with the repeated line "No-one runs faster than you can". By this time, the song has a lot of momentum and truely takes flight. A masterpiece. Apollo II: The Telling Truth is sigificantly better than it's slightly-above-average counterpart, featuring an excellent reprise of Everything Evil and a very fun, energetic chorus. By the end of The Final Cut, the listener is not thinking of the album's filler and disjointedness, but of its epic, ambitious, cohesive closing suite.

The heart of Good Apollo is clearly the combination of the guitar riffs and leads and Sanchez's unique voice, and although Mic Todd does have a few interesting moments, the bass is nothing special and the drumming is unremarkable. In this aspect, Coheed remains unchanged, so that Good Apollo is just another step forward for a band with a clear trademark sound that they try here to develop and to use differently. Although Good Apollo I is weaker than both the albums that preceeded it, it is a worthy addition to Coheed's discography and an interesting album that is worth checking out.


Pros

Great vocals
The Willing Well
Solid leads/riffs

Cons
Filler
Ballads fail to support the other songs
Lack of cohesion as a whole

Top 5
1. Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
2. The Final Cut
3. Fuel for the Feeding End
4. Apollo II: The Telling Truth
5. The Suffering/Tenspeed



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johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Blah blah blah, already has trillions of reviews

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Dunpeal
September 13th 2012



3656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


idk man. i'll be honest i didn't read this cuz it was hard to take serious after the summary + rating

"unfocused"?? "lack of cohesion"??? for me, this is a really cohesive album from start to finish and even if it wasn't how could you justify a 4 for an album like that??

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johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, like it says in the review, the ballads don't fit in particularly well (imo) and the 3 or 4 filler songs almost make it drag (imo)
As for a 4 rating, the Willing Well saves it, coz it's basically perfection

Dunpeal
September 13th 2012



3656 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

admittedly, i'm not into this album as much as i was back in the day, but for me that's kinda the cool thing about C&C. With claudio at the helm they can slow it down and give the album more atmosphere, instead of having the chug chug chug of the guitars for the entire length of the album.

i'll admit wake up can throw it a slight bit, but it settles in nicely after a few listens. always and never is perfect in its delivery imo

johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, Always and Never would have been great if it wasn't placed as track #2, because imo it feels
like an extended intro, so that Welcome - which would normally kickstart the album - feels slightly
subdued (I don't know how much sense that makes, but it's the best I can convey my opinion). If Always
and Never replaced Mother May I (which shouldn't even be on the album), it would be much better

Oceanus
September 13th 2012



877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Honestly I have never liked Welcome Home as much as people seem to. Ten Speed and The Suffering ftw.

Graveyard
September 13th 2012



5701 Comments


"Now, the real reason that this review is rated a 4 and not a 3.5, or even a high 3"

who cares about ratingz

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YankeeDudel
September 13th 2012



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shutup grave

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johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Honestly I have never liked Welcome Home as much as people seem to. Ten Speed and The Suffering ftw."
Yeah, it's a really cool song but way overrated. Tenspeed and the Suffering rule hard


SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



4410 Comments


"Blah blah blah, already has trillions of reviews"
- I've seen more. And who cares anyway, review what you want!

This album is pretty cool, though its been a while since I've jammed Coheed. "Welcome Home" is such a badass track. Good review too, POS'd.

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johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers Paperback, I try to review stuff with under 3 or 4 reviews (and sometimes none), but I felt like reviewing this

SCREAMorphine
September 13th 2012



1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, pos.

AnthonyFartano
September 13th 2012



233 Comments


The singer is awful.

light 2/5

It's not doing anything for me. Emotionless

IdiotequeCigar
September 13th 2012



348 Comments


What is this that I feel?

JoshTh
September 13th 2012



112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I love Once Upon Your Dead Body, and the ballads. Album is pretty solid whole way through. Though I think Keeping the Blade goes for too long.

And Welcome Home is way overrated, but it would still go off the most at a life show..

Ecnalzen
September 13th 2012



6500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with "Always and Never" being oddly placed and there are a few too many filler tracks. "The Final Cut" and "Ten Speed" are AMAZING. Nice review.

I initially didn't like Coheed because of the vocals, but they came around after a while.

Gee
September 13th 2012



228 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I fail to hear any filler in this album... its immense from start to finish imo. Gotta be heard in its entirety though.

Ecnalzen
September 13th 2012



6500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It starts off strong, suffers a bit in the middle and ends with the nicely done "Willing Well" tracks. I don't really care for "Once Upon" or "Wake Up" and "Mother May I" is kind of iffy. That's just me, though.

Kris.
September 13th 2012



12306 Comments


two of those three songs are amazing
wake up sucks tho yea

johnnydeking29
September 13th 2012



9016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mother May I, Lying Lies and Once Upon are filler to me



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