Sound: The Fall Of Troy was the opener for the show. The band sounded amazing and clear. The guitar was definitely the key instrument, and it played out the most out the band. Every song had it's own differences compared to studio recordings. Some bands don't attempt doing that with their music, and it definitely made the set more interesting. The vocals were sometimes quieter than the guitar, so you couldn't always hear Thomas singing. This only happened a few times, and I am pretty sure the audience didn't even notice it. The guitar, drum, and bass were always perfectly in time.
Coheed & Cambria was the closing act. All the music was clear, and it sounded stellar. The guitars, bass, drums, and keys were heard equally by all in attendance. Whenever there was a guitar solo, everyone would know, as the volume was turned up instantly. At the opening of the set, the band seemed to have volume problems between the guitars and vocals, but it was fixed within seconds. The band's sound could be heard very clearly, even in the lobby. // 10
Perfomance: The Fall Of Troy opened the show with I Just Got This Symphony Going. They showed their energy throughout the song and the entire set. They basically transitioned from song to song, and all of the transitions went smoothly into the next song. They played Problem!?, Ex-Creations, and Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man's Bones, among a few others. The set was 6-8 songs long, so they really didn't get to show off some of their other songs. Thomas Erak, the band's guitarist, liked to joke around during the set. Before a tapping solo, Thomas would lick his finger and then, go into his tapping solo. The band ended with Sledgehammer. The song was the perfect ending to the set. The song began with an intro of Raining Blood by Slayer. They definitely dragged it out a bit, even slowing the song down to play the theme music to Jurassic Park during the middle of the song. Thomas also spat some phlegm into the air, caught it on his hand, then dribbled it back into his mouth (he spat it out immediately after). The band put on a really good show, and the audience enjoyed it (even those Who hadn't heard of the band).
Coheed & Cambria also put on an amazing show. Their stage setup consisted of a replica of the city on the cover of their newest album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume II: No World For Tomorrow and a medium-sized painting of a blue dragonfly. They also had various lighting effect set up. The band came out to play their opener, No World For Tomorrow. Immediately you could tell that it was going to be a good set. The band showed such energy during their opener, which stayed constant until the end of their set. After No World For Tomorrow, the band immediately went into Gravemakers and Gunslingers. A majority of their set was from their new album. The third song they played was Junesong Provision. The song was a surprising addition to the set, but it was welcomed by all the audience. The band continued the set with (in order) A Favor House Atlantic, Ten Speed (Of God's Blood And Burial), The Hound (Of Blood And Rank), The Suffering, and Feathers. The band then played a medley that started with Everything Evil. The song then broke off into a cover of Iron Maiden's The Trooper. The cover was very well done and fit perfectly. The band then continued their medley with Devil In Jersey City, and they finally finished with the rest of Everything Evil. The medley was definitely one of the highlights of the set. The band continued their set with Mother Superior, Cuts Marked In The March Of Men, and The Running Free. The band ended their main set with the fan favorite In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3. They left the stage, and the crowd immediately started chanting Coheed, Coheed. They returned ready to play. Claudio had his Gibson white double-neck SG out, and the band started into Welcome Home. The song was so intense Live. The band ended with The Final Cut. If you haven't seen Coheed Live before, this song is only about 3 to 4 minutes of actual music Live. The rest is simply soloing between both guitars. The song started out intense and ended in the same manner. Travis used a talk box for a majority of the soloing section. Claudio used two different effects. One of those effects was him screaming into his guitar pickups. The other was some type of metal bar attached to an electronic thing. Every time he would play a note, he would move his hand closer and further from the metal bar, and the guitar note would move along with his hand. He continued this in a dual with the keyboardist. Eventually, both guitarist left the stage to Mike, the bassist, Who threw down an amazing bass solo. Then, he left the stage to only the band's drummer, Chris, who played an amazing drum solo. Near the end of his solo, the band rejoined him on stage and played an epic ending to the song. It was definitely an amazing way to end the show, and it left the audience speechless. // 10
Overall Impression: The show took place at the Riviera Theater in Chicago. This was my first time there, and I was very impressed by it. The show itself was amazing. I would recommend seeing Coheed & Cambria to even those who don't like their music. I show left me speechless, and I honestly couldn't talk about it for 30 minutes afterwards. The Fall Of Troy also did very well for the time they were allowed. I wanted to see them at a headlining show after their set. Coheed played every one of their songs that they knew fans loved, and they played them 10x better than they sound on the studio recordings. If you have seen one of their live DVDs, then you only know just a fraction of what their concerts are all about. You have to see them to actually get the experience. I would recommend both these bands' shows to anyone. // 10