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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

Worst Album

This is not the Coheed I’ve come to love. I’ve been a fan since 2002. I absolutely loved every album, except this one. Where’s that melodic, creative style we’ve gotten addicted to? Claudio’s vocals are surprisingly and grossly out of tune on YOTBR. “The Broken” seems to be falling apart at the seams. And “Far,” which everyone seems to love, sounds like any other pop song, with a boy-band sort of melody. There aren’t multiple hooks and creative instrumentals on YOTBR. Each song is almost just Claudio yelling for a few minutes compared to Coheed’s previous albums. I know there are people who agree with me.
There is such thing as too much passion. I think Coheed has jammed too much passion into these songs to the point of sounding indulgent. When the intensity of a song is too high, its musicality suffers. That’s what’s happening to Coheed right now.

Great Album, Great Band

In a time of mediocre, skinny jean wearing, teen friendly pop, Coheed and Cambria shines and takes us all back to a time when music was creative and ground breaking. Do yourself a favor and treat your ears to the best rock group of the 2000's, and I'm not just a fanboy, this band is truly the best. Join us "among the fence."

Great Album, Sub-Par Mastering, Digital Booklet??

Awesome album. Chris Pennie is phenomenal, and the first 4 tracks are mind-blowing, and, due to the typical mainstream "louder-is-better" mastering, eardrum-blowing as well. Unfortunately, the music is hard to listen to for extended periods of time. VERY good new songs though. Coheed and Cambria are shifting to a much more progressive sound, a good or bad thing depending on your musical taste, but I personally find it refreshing. Way to outdo yourselves guys!

On an unrelated note, I pre-ordered the Deluxe Version of the album, but iTunes is now excluding the Digital Booklet, thus making it a partial album. I will actually purchase this album once this is addressed. Should've been an iTunes LP though...


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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