Sound — 9
The chapter II has been relised and the longing of Coheed and Cambria fans is finaly over. Coming back from a album like From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness must have been a hard process. What's new one the newest addition to the saga? For the Starters the massive guitar walls have been toned down for a little bit and it has given C&C more flex in the songs compared to the previous album. I personally like it a lot but this might divide the Coheed and Cambria fans in two groups. What music doesnt't. It makes me a little teary eyed when first I lived the albums story and the finishing song The End Chapter V On The Brink starts with such a soft and melodic guitar. I don't know why but that part minded me of Carlos Santana. can't find anything to complain about. Allmost every song has great compositions.
Lyrics — 10
By the lyrics Coheed And Cambria's love story is one of the sadest things that I have seen put to music. It never hits me on the first time with C&C albums, what does the lyrics mean, but like now when I sat down and lissened the whole album from start to finnish, with lyrics in front of me. It helped a lot. It opened my mind to a nother great piece of this story and to me. The lyrics department has never been this good. From a deathseeking tale in Gravemakers & Gunslingers to the soft but sad Feathers and to the Mother Superior that I find to be one of the albums darkest probings in to he charachters live. Everyone has their favorite lyrics and it's hard to debate over them but still I find that best lyrics are reserved for The End Chapter 1-5. The albums story in whole seams to sum the time where everything started to go to hell with their love.
Overall Impression — 10
If you haven't picked it out yet, I think this is the best album the band has ever made. When the From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, had a bit of a broblem keeping it all together this album stays solid throughout every song. Building the foundation for The End Chapter with the first eight songs works. Like the song Mother Superior one of the best song in total. It creeps around the mind and crips with story and the compositions. In my mind it doesnt't lack anything. I hardly ever think perfection when it comes to songs, but this is frighteningly close. And what does this all come down to? The End Chapter. I was disappointed at first when I heard them. Was that it? I tought that it has nothing on The Willing Well. What a fool I was. The End Chapter blows The Willing Well away! Well it's a bit of to compare them but that was one thing that came to my mind when I started to lissen to the album. If I start to think the albums in the year 2007 this has just gone to the top. And what an year it has been! To think that some people have the nerve to say that no one makes good music.