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Coheed and Cambria’s sixth studio long-player is also the first half of a double album. Though frontman Claudio Sanchez hasn’t gone on record to state whether The Afterman: Ascension is a prequel or a continuation of the band’s conceptual Armory Wars saga, the protagonist here is named Cyrus Amory. This raises more questions. What relation is he to Sirius Amory? Is he the same person? The introductory song, “The Hollow,” has Cyrus talking to the mechanized voice of his mother over haunting piano parts. Then “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute” properly sets the stage with proggy indie rock trimmed in all the accoutrements of emo-laced metal; Sanchez sings call-to-arms lyrics while sounding like an early incarnation of Styx’s Dennis DeYoung. And much like Styx’s 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, these songs layer theatrical drama over sinewy arrangements. With U2-inspired guitars, the title track, “The Afterman,” is more accessible. Over lush string arrangements, Sanchez's voice recalls Billy Corgan’s softer moments. “Goodnight, Fair Lady” sounds like a Thin Lizzy cover.

Customer Reviews

The Afterman

Can't wait till this record drops. iTunes please fix the typo in the title though!

Stoked for this album, but iTunes…. Fix the Album Name please!

I am so looking forward to this album to come out, it reminds me a lot of Good Apollo and IKSSE:3. Also, iTunes… Please fix the name of the Album. It's Afterman, not Afternman….


This is beautiful. Sorry iTunes but I've already preordered this in a deluxe edition from Coheed themselves. I'd rather pay more money for this anyway. Oh and I get so much more with the special deluxe edition. But still, I recommend this to anyone who's into progressive metal. :)


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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