Artist: Coheed And Cambria
Made-up Album: Best of Coheed and Cambria
Song: "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)" - click for audio
"You'll listen to reason while you're face down in the dirt.
You'll stomach the hurt and break for him here just how much he's worth"
Right. I was waiting for this to happen... If you read the opening post, you'll have seen me banging on about my iPod OCD. Well, here we have another example of that disorder. Say I have two (or more) albums where I've culled most of the tracks, leaving 4 or fewer songs per album, I won't add these to my iPod as albums. It would be churlish to do so! For convenience, I'll bunch them together and call them a "Best Of". I may also add b-sides, remixes or whatever, and, say I have another album by that artist more or less intact on the iPod, which may have a few of the band's best songs on it, well, those songs will definitely not appear on my made-up Best Of album, because I don't have any duplicated tracks (* except under certain conditions). Ok?
This, then, is not an official Best Of Coheed And Cambria, it's just my selection of my favourite songs from their first 3 albums. Ok, fine, you might say, whatever. Ah, but wait. If there's one band who you probably should not make a compilation album, it's Coheed And Cambria. Each of their (now 6) studio albums are concept albums. Missing tracks out loses parts of the plot. And the albums are all the same
concept... The songs on all the band's albums are based on a comic book series called Amory Wars
, which was written by the lead singer, Claudio Sanchez.
I realise at this point that there is no way my words can sell the band to the uninitiated. It sounds like a horrible geek-fest, which I'm sure would be fascinating for a 17-year old sci fi nut. The concept of the comic, and therefore the songs, is a definitely-adult space saga. So comics featuring war, space travel, murder, rape, ghosts, robots, people inhabiting other bodies, heroes, villains and a variety of fucked up people, and then the albums are about these characters and situations. There's just so much
potential for Coheed and Cambria to be shite, but really, they're not. The music is, I suppose progressive post-hardcore, which just sounds like I'm complicating things. Basically, prog mixed with alt rock, metal and pop punk. They were apparently infludenced by At The Drive In, but I know precious little of that band, so that helps me none. Coheed sometimes get lumped in with the post-hardcore bands, or get classed as emo, or come under the unfathomable label of nu prog. But these labels do the band a disservice, I think. They're unique, they have some great guitar riffs, epic songs and Sanchez's vocals are quite extraordinary, and change or are effects-laden when he sings in the voices of different characters. Aargh. I can't make them sound good! But really they are worthy of a listen, particularly if you're a fan of guitar-led music and don't mind a bit of prog. Going through my little 12-track Best Of, I figure not only do I need to check out the later albums, but I also need to give the first three a fresh spin to hear those long-forgotten tracks that didn't make it.
Best song could have been Cuts Marked In The March Of Men
, Al the Killer
or A Favour House Atlantic
, or possibly a couple of others, but I've gone with Three Evils
for its uptempo accessibility.