Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension


Coheed And Cambria
The Afterman: Ascension
Everything Evil/Hundred Handed
Producer: Various
Score: 8 out of 10

The days of indie Coheed and Cambria are over. However, the first half of this double feature (remember when labels actually released two-part CDs at once?), The Afterman: Ascension, may bring vintage fans back to future shows. With Josh Eppard returning to the kit—where he belongs (nothing against the talented Chris Pennie)—and the addition of bas-sist Zach Cooper, the album begins with a conversation between astronaut and supercomputer (think Sigourney Weaver in Alien). We are then faded into the epic tale of “Domino the Destitute” before settling into “The Afterman.” Similar to Year of the Black Rainbow, listeners will obsess over one hook only to mildly enjoy the next, but understand the big picture nonetheless.

By Andy Mesecher