6 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Prize Fighter Inferno is much more than a side project for Coheed & Cambria’s frontman, Claudio Sanchez. It’s a conceptual band splintered from C&C’s ongoing lyrical saga of The Amory Wars—a story so complex it needed another musical project to further its deeply interwoven plotlines. This effervescent 2012 EP features acoustic-laced laptronica-pop. It starts with “Elm Street Loverboy,” with a protagonist who likens his secret love for Nancy with that of the characters from Nightmare on Elm Street. “Simple Fix” follows, with plunderphonic samples and Sanchez singing more soulfully; the lyrics compare the burning urgency of needing somebody to chemical addiction. Pistol Pete Matty works in some glockenspiel and background ambience, over which Sanchez sings like a young Michael Jackson. The folky title track boasts a beautifully intense ballad stripped down to acoustic fingerpicking and layered vocals that resemble Eldra Patrick; it's about living inside a self-built prison built from choosing not to trust those who believed in you the most.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Prize Fighter Inferno is much more than a side project for Coheed & Cambria’s frontman, Claudio Sanchez. It’s a conceptual band splintered from C&C’s ongoing lyrical saga of The Amory Wars—a story so complex it needed another musical project to further its deeply interwoven plotlines. This effervescent 2012 EP features acoustic-laced laptronica-pop. It starts with “Elm Street Loverboy,” with a protagonist who likens his secret love for Nancy with that of the characters from Nightmare on Elm Street. “Simple Fix” follows, with plunderphonic samples and Sanchez singing more soulfully; the lyrics compare the burning urgency of needing somebody to chemical addiction. Pistol Pete Matty works in some glockenspiel and background ambience, over which Sanchez sings like a young Michael Jackson. The folky title track boasts a beautifully intense ballad stripped down to acoustic fingerpicking and layered vocals that resemble Eldra Patrick; it's about living inside a self-built prison built from choosing not to trust those who believed in you the most.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Great Album!!!

CKBLAKE

I already have two copies of this on vinyl but I'm glad to have this finally on my iPhone! Plus the addition of Gears and Erizo Schultz is a great bonus. Good work Claudio. Half Measures is by far my favorite track and really powerful.

Mr. Sanchez never ceases to amaze

cdx00

I'm awestruck by Claudio's abilities to take, for example in Elm Street Lover Boy, a gruesome slasher, twist it up and turn the entire story into a poppy (albeit slightly creepy) love song.

If you're a C&C fan, give this EP a chance. It's Claudio at his typical finest and doesn't disappoint.

Half Measures

Pilotjm789

Terrific. Awesome clash of old and new.

About The Prize Fighter Inferno

Several bands over the course of rock & roll history have worked an ongoing mythology into their records: Jamie Hewlett's elliptical story line told within and between the albums and videos by Gorillaz, for example, or the freaky apocalyptic science fiction plot line, complete with lyrics in a made-up language, that was at the heart of French prog rock outfit Magma. In the midst of their career, however, the neo-prog alt-metal outfit Coheed & Cambria did something quite possibly without precedent: their primary story line, a multi-generational blood feud between three families known as the Amory Wars, grew so complex that one of the band's members started an entirely separate solo project, the Prize Fighter Inferno, to set up part of the story in a different musical style. The mastermind of the Prize Fighter Inferno is Claudio Sanchez, the lead singer and lyricist of Coheed & Cambria, who also pens an ongoing online graphic novel that fleshes out the primary story line. Sanchez had been working on Prize Fighter material intermittently for almost seven years before releasing any material. Finally issued on Halloween 2006 through Equal Vision, the Prize Fighter Inferno's debut, My Brother's Blood Machine, is a concept album told from the point of view of Inferno (aka Jesse, Coheed's brother), one of the major characters in the Coheed & Cambria mythology, and who died on the band's 2005 album Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness; he tells a self-contained story that both predates the story line of the Amory Wars and sets up part of its plot. Recorded primarily solo by Sanchez, My Brother's Blood Machine is a mostly electronic-based indie rock album, wholly different than Sanchez's usual work. ~ Stewart Mason

ORIGIN
Nyack, NY
GENRE
Rock

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