By: Maria Ciezak
Despite what many i-Tune reviews and over-enthusiastic managers may tell you, there arenâ€™t very many ambitious albums or bands floating around these days. So what would you say is ambitious? Perhaps a five-album group that takes the idea of a concept album to a whole new level: Coheed and Cambriaâ€™s Year of the Black Rainbow; a prequel to the bandâ€™s four previous inter-related concept albums. They have reached a galaxy beyond any of their contemporaries with this musical, sci-fi novel combo. Single The Broken screams â€œWhere was your heart, when we needed it mostâ€. The heart of this band is here in full force, and beating strong.
I will not compare this group to anyone else. Yes, they have influences, but they are in a league of their own. Their style is purely inhabited by the group; better sorry than safe. The record is further evidence of the bandâ€™s easy chemistry. The band is daring and ballsy, creating a signature sound that on average triggers strapping reactions; one manâ€™s progressive is anotherâ€™s pretentious.
If you have yet to be exposed to the band, prepare for an addiction to progressive, punk, post-hardcore, and heavy metal rock. Buy the album. Better yet, see them live. This is not only the Year of the Black Rainbow, but the year of Coheed and Cambria.