Obviously this was bound to happen sooner, or later. I’ve already reviewed both In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, and Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness. Now I shall review Coheed & Cambria’s best work to date, their debut full-length album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade. This album possesses many different genre traits ranging from pop-punk, to rock, and going as far as post-hardcore, but at the same time manages to keep a complete, overall sound for the entire record.
The Second Stage Turbine Blade should truly be considered a classic album in ten years, if not now. It had an utterly flawless single in “Devil In Jersey City", which is a supreme choice because it successfully represented the orgasmic nature of The Second Stage Turbine Blade. In the beginning Claudio giggles, and whispers, “Shabutie", which is one of the bands early names. The song seems panicked at times, which is probably because of the constantly running guitar riffs accompanied by persistent drumming. This song is also a fine example that this is actually a fairly depressing album. Coheed and Cambria discover their true identities, and Coheed ends up killing his whole family, with only Claudio surviving. This is mainly what the early part of the story is about. “Time Consumer" could easily have been a single too. It’s over five-minutes long, but the first minute is only the drums providing a subtle beat with some laid-back guitar licks. Then every instrument comes in blazing with smooth, high-pitched vocals from Claudio. It’s a fairly simple song, and the chorus is wonderful. Around a minute to the end the song goes back to the style of the beginning before building up to a huge chorus of, “Me, and my star, Mathew good night. You know by law when you’ll be forgiven. Maria my star, Mathew good night. You know my lord when you’ll be forgiven."
Some may say singer Claudio’s voice is unattractive, but he shows complete control over his voice, and injects catchy singing through each, and every track, particularly the b-side, “Elf Tower New Mexico", and “Everything Evil". I’m not sure why “Elf Tower New Mexico" was cut from the initial release of The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in fact I think it was rather crazy to do so; it’s probably the best song on the whole album. Each instrument is doing its own little thing for the first twenty-five seconds while Claudio croons “Elf power New Mexico" a couple times. Then the instruments turn to the normal style of the album with power-chords taking over. Musically this isn’t too impressive, but the lyrics, and Claudio’s singing are absolutely epic. “Stay here in our last standing hourglass, circumstance. Devoted here in the midst of weary eyes. Lost, and buried here in your big suprise, again. Will your fingers find my bag familiar?I fit in the question I had to ask.. Did you think maybe I was doing quite well without you in the frame? Killed in defense. I can't believe I told you right after, I've given you up, go on find someone new. Till then pretend you've touched me for your last. I've given you up, go on find someone new.
“Everything Evil" has some awesome lyrics to it that must be shared with everyone. “I will stage a reenactment. In a false pretense exists inflict. Unworthy unconsciousness, why debate when the actions suppressed? Then kill the acquitted. Listen to the sounds that remain in question. In hopes they don’t solidify a truce amongst the children, and the jury that stands the verdict alive here among the dead." This is all one chunk of several verses that rule most of the first half of the almost six-minute song. The longwinded chorus then makes an appearance as the final part of the song. “Would you run? Would you run? Would you run? Would you run down past the fence? Would you run? Would you run? Would you run? Would you run down past the fence? And she screamed, Claudio, dear Claudio, I wish god damn it we’ll make it if you believe."
I love Coheed & Cambria, and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. This never gets old; I listen to it completely at least once a week. The Second Stage Turbine Blade is the epitome of the fondness I have for the band. The technicality isn’t one to be impressed by, and is relatively simple at some points, but the whole band truly works as a complete unit. I passionately, ardently, and fervently worship this band, and record.