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Year of the Black Rainbow

Coheed and Cambria

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Year of the Black Rainbow serves as a concluding prequel to The Armory Wars, both a comic-book saga and a five-volume conceptual album series birthed by Coheed and Cambria’s frontman Claudio Sanchez. But enthusiasm for the sci-fi workings of Sanchez’s fantastical chronicles is not a prerequisite to enjoying the monolithic music contained within. The instrumental “One” sets the stage with stark eye-of-the-storm atmospheres while tension subtly swells until “The Broken” bursts through the calm with chaotic aplomb as it throws the listener in the middle of an intergalactic battle. Coheed and Cambria narrate this war with dramatic and progressive rock underscored by drummer Chris Pennie’s unpredictable rhythms that approximate cannon blasts one moment and rapid artillery fire the next. The triumphant-sounding “Here We Are Juggernaut” gets anthemic in the ascending chorus as Sanchez’s singing soars skyward to combat the emotions and repercussions of his protagonist’s forbidden love.

Customer Reviews

They have done it again!

Yet another mind blowing album from Coheed! Love the darker theme and the melodic tones! Awesomesauce!


My favorite band at the moment and this is definatly their best album yet. I'm going to see them in a couple of months and I can't wait to hear these new songs live.

Their best yet?

'Guitarist' magazine said this album was 'over-produced' and gave it a low score. I completely disagree. Obviously, the producer gave the band a slight change in direction with more effects (probably most evident in 'Guns of Summer'). However, this doesn't spoil the music at all for me and without a doubt this could well be their best album to date!

I can honestly say that I can easily listen to all of the songs without skipping (which is rare for me:L).

So yeah, Coheed fans and Rock/Prog fans alike, Buy the album!


Formed: 2001 in Nyack, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although originally forming 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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Year of the Black Rainbow, Coheed and Cambria
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 07 April 2010

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