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Album Review

Emotional band Coheed and Cambria's e-mail address uses the term "soft core," and that's not really accurate. The term molten core works better, as debut The Second Stage Turbine Blade lacks fluff and accentuates the same positives that made emo pioneers Fugazi great, not the least of which is a willingness to experiment. In this New York crew's case, this deviation comes from adding a prog rock feel to the proceedings, a facet highlighted by vocalist Claudio Sanchez's impossibly high vocal range at least as much as the technical riffing and fearless approach to soloing and other expressive playing techniques, hardcore politics be damned. Like most progressive fare, the C and C music factory occasionally sins in the name of its art, often doing in five minutes what could have been accomplished in three, but the mere fact that the group takes pride in knowing more than three chords is impressive. [The 2005 reissue capitalized on the group's later success by adding an unreleased B-side and demo versions of "Junesong Provision" and "Everything Evil."] ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

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Step One!

Great album, but one which makes more sense (sonically, if not lyrically) if you start later on in the Coheed Canon. It is clearly the first album, and so the vision is not as fully formed as it would later become.

This is not as good as what came after it, but that is not to say it is a bad album. Far from it! But whereas subsequent albums have clearly left the EMO roots into something much more inventive, technical and spacious, this first album still has EMO roots apparent even if they are clearly being ripped up before you eyes! Time changes, extended solos, phases and movements within songs, interesting chords progressions. Yeah, NOT EMO but a band growing out of that.

BUT this is not a critique ... this is, nevertheless, a fantastic album. Opening with Time Consumer and Jersey City, the listener is grabbed. Sanchez's instantly recognisable vocal, with a Maiden metallic crunch that has melody, form and power. You then get Everything `Evil / Delirium Trigger - songs that are so good they remain at the heart of the live set. "33" and Junesong keep the quality going. The other songs, are good, but the consistency is not what you find on later albums.

An excellent first step to later albums which are close to "classic" status. BUY!!

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Formed: 2001 in Nyack, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although originally formed as a rock trio in 1995, New York's Coheed and Cambria officially took root in 2001, shedding their former name of Shabutie and embracing a fusion of progressive rock, emocore, and highly conceptual album themes. Vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever, bassist Michael Todd, and drummer Joshua Eppard issued their group's full-length debut, 2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on the Albany-based Equal Vision Records. The band toured extensively for...
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