Coheed and Cambria
The Unheavenly Creatures


4.5
superb

Review

by Balto USER (1 Reviews)
October 11th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Welcome Home."

Figuratively speaking: this is not the Coheed you heard on The Color Before the Sun.

I am immediately immersed in this world and narrative. Eerie effects mix with a furiously complex, predominantly minor-key backdrop of guitars to create a tonal quality that is melancholic yet frantic.

The overarching thematic quality here will be of a desperate plight.

Altogether, Claudio's songwriting sounds the most inspired that it has in years....

Everything is on-point. They pull it off. They pull it ALL off. Nothing here sounds phoned-in.

Speaking of Claudio's contribution: versatile vocals from crooning to downright menacing - no missteps in that department. He soars like he hasn't since Good Apollo.

When he sings "Run run run run run like a son of a gun!" it isn't cheesy at all.

I mean it. He's never sounded so emotive and polished, his lyrical game is next-level ridiculous, and there's no lack of creativity or passion.

And it's all so deliciously authentic.

This is the aesthetic that Coheed has been crafting since From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness - and dialed up several notches. That's to say there's not much of an emo aesthetic to be found here; this is much more reminiscent of the anthemic stadium rock found in No World For Tomorrow, although bigger and - honestly - better. Tentatively: way better.

The flow is seamless between tracks: not only in terms of the seams themselves, which are tastefully done, but also in terms of the way the story shifts and the mood changes from song to song. The "narrative arc" and pacing of the album are flawless. Acts are strung together largely by a number of recurrent lonely piano motifs (somewhat true to form); these are truly haunting and successfully set the stage for each dose of....

Flurries of trademark crunch guitar; thumping drum grooves; prominent bass licks; creative riffing and key changes; a commanding lead guitar presence; emotionally shocking bridge sections; epic solos; anthemic breakdowns; and lots (and lots) of (effective) atmosphere, telling the story of the latest chapter of Claudio's gloriously f***-ed up multi-medium sci-fi space opera.

Despite its almost 80-minute runtime, I never started wanting this to end. Not a moment was wasted and it was over practically before I knew it.

Without giving too much away....

There are things in this album that you haven't heard Coheed do before, but it sounds like they should've always been doing - over-the-top things which project a soaring "devil may care" attitude rather than being awkward and jarring. Expecting the unexpected will become your standard listening posture for what is in my books an exceptional thrillride of pure artistic expression.

It benefits from a more careful listening session though; it can be a bit overwhelming at first depending on what you're used to. There really is a lot to absorb here - probably more than we're used to from Coheed, and that says a lot for a band like this.

It's not for everybody, that's for sure.

But if it is for you: know that all of the familiar pieces are there (and more), and the album twists and turns through them in such a way that is so fresh that none of the impact of the band's sound is lost in that familiarity. At the same time, Coheed turns up the bombast (even more) to an inhibition-shattering effect that demands your attention.

It's complete with a somber and mostly-acoustic closer that deserves special mention simply because of how emotionally affecting it is, being quite the change-up... The emotional impact of the closer is enhanced by its standing in such stark contrast to the previous 14 tracks - not to say it sounds out of place; rather, a stripped-down closer is exactly what this kind of album called for to provide a perfect sense of closure to the experience.

I do love this band dearly, but I'm not blinded enough to try and call this a classic at this early stage in the game (it needs to stand the test of time); however, it's more than just good - it's great at least and arguably superb.

It's consistent alright. It's a consistently excellent progressive masterpiece, it's a potential classic and it's a powerful work of art.


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Xenophanes STAFF (4)
Welcome Home...

Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF (4)
A fluid collection of top-notch signature singles that espouses self-influence without self-indulgen...

Rowan5215 STAFF (4)
ok this is epic...

btpw (3.5)
Not what I hoped it would be, but still another strong effort in an impressive back catalog....



Comments:Add a Comment 
JS19
October 11th 2018


6835 Comments


p u n c t u a t i o n

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LightAndGlass
October 11th 2018


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"When he sings "Run run run run run like a sun of a gun!" it isn't cheesy at all."



This invalidates your entire review. Also, you spelled son wrong.

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't see how my entire review is invalidated by an opinion of a single line in a single song of a 15 song album. Also, open your mind.

Snake.
October 11th 2018


20951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh



I’m not gonna neg but this review needs some repairing

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay... By all means, is there a way I could've explained myself better? I'm a creative, stream-of-consciousness writer who has a deliberately informal prose reviewing an album for the first time. I think my review certainly captures how I feel about the album and why and in enough detail, although it lacks (forgoes?) the specific examples and factual info bits that most reviews utilize....

WatchItExplode
October 11th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you do you bro



"also, you spelled son wrong" ahahahahah

guitarded_chuck
October 11th 2018


15966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rule one of this website is dont take anything seriously mate its in large part a bunch disgruntled hipsters vying for affirmation



with all the pretentiousness around i appreciate a stream of consciousness, pos'd

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you fam. I was blown away by the album and genuinely felt it was deserving of something backed by a little more emotional hype, written primarily with loyal fans as a target audience in mind. Coheed has a very niche appeal and I wanted to write a review that an autistic kid could read and say "I'm so stoked to lose myself in this".



To me it sounds like the band finally coming into their maturity and I can't wait to hear the next installments.



Snake.
October 11th 2018


20951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"is there a way I could've explained myself better? I'm a creative, stream-of-consciousness writer who has a deliberately informal prose reviewing an album for the first time. I think my review certainly captures how I feel about the album and why and in enough detail, although it lacks (forgoes?) the specific examples and factual info bits that most reviews utilize...."



nvm fuck you

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Free speech though

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And fuck you too, you're welcome

Snake.
October 11th 2018


20951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

let me use this free speech to tell you that your writing is bad and you need to get your head out of your anus

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That sounds very credible

WatchItExplode
October 11th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cursing, insults, and a negative approval ranking within a half-dozen comments. You may have a bright future here Balto.

Balto
October 11th 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha

JS19
October 11th 2018


6835 Comments


Your informal stream of consciousness writing is in fact just bad writing - however you frame it. I was happy to chip in with some constructive criticism but it seems like your head's too big to handle it atm but shout if it deflates a bit man

guitarded_chuck
October 11th 2018


15966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"let me use this free speech to tell you that your writing is bad and you need to get your head out of your anus"



let me use free speech to tell you you are an insufferable cunt which is a worse quality than any sort of writing ability

guitarded_chuck
October 11th 2018


15966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what makes these pricks that much worse is when they dont even write reviews themselves but think they have any reputation to delve out criticism

Snake.
October 11th 2018


20951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how mad r u tho fr

LightAndGlass
October 11th 2018


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This has been a fun comment section. I'm also pretentious as hell about Coheed so you're not wrong about your description of the members here.



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