Sound — 9
Coheed and Cambria return with a new drummer and a new album. Coheed has always been a band that has evolved with each album, and this one is no exception. In the final chapter of the CoCa series, the band has taken a pretty epic approach with the songs, and I must say that it works. The album opens with "The Reaping", a little acoustic number that, for the minute or so it lasts, definately succeeds in setting the gloomy atmosphere for the rest of the album. This leads you right into "No World For Tomorrow", which smacks you in the face with a pure metal riff, definately the epic Welcome Home of this cd. The lack of any real solo was the only downfall of this song. "The Hound(Of Blood and Rank)" follows. The tone of the intro riff has a very David Gilmour sound to it, and it's awesome. It then develops into your typical Coheed song, with a catchy "Come on and set me free" chorus. Gilmour-esque solo is done very tastefully. "Feathers" is more of the same, with that Coheed sound intact. "The Running Free" is next, the albums first single. This song made me skeptical of the album when I heard it, and it is definately the low point of the album. A little too cheesy for me, but for those into that sort of thing, eat this number up. "Mother Superior" follows, the Light and the Glass of this LP. Claudios signature acoustic style is excellent, and this song is no exception. A great Coheed ballad. "Gravemakers and Gunslingers" is up next, and this is an excellent song. Claudio brings in the riff, and Travis slaps a screaming lead on the song not long after. He creates a wonderful solo for this one, and the chorus is excellent and very catchy. One of the better hard rocking songs on the album, alongside No World For Tomorrow."Justice in Murder" has a pretty good lead from Travis throughout, in my opinion this makes the song. Great use of the Wah pedal with it, and the solo as well. Now we have a series of 5 songs called "The End Complete", done Willing Well style. The first. "Fall of House Atlantic", is a quick minute long instrumental. it's very epic, and if I'm not mistaken the drummer breaks out the double bass, which adds big time to the tone of this cool number. "Radio Bye Bye" continues with the traditional Coheed sound. Nice solo, and I can see all the girls singing "uh-oh, it's the curse of the radio bye bye" in their rooms as we speak. "The End Complete" is the second part of the series of the same name. At 7:45, it's a good long song that slows down a bit towards the end."The Road and The Damned" is a much slower song. No curveballs here, just a good ballad. The album is finished with "On The Brink", another long song. This one goes from a Pink Floyd-like intro, and keeps that tone for about 3 and a half minutes, and then the heavy guitars kick in. We go from an "In the Flesh" type intro to the second half of the song, to a pretty cool riff where they chant something I can't understand over and over again. After that calms down, we get a reimagining of "The Final Cut" with some different tones and a sweet sounding solo over it. The story finally ends with some creepy organs, and a quick crash of the bass drum. Saga complete.
Lyrics — 10
Claudio has always been a master with the pen, and this trend continues on "No World For Tomorrow". Choruses like "Gravemakers And Gunslingers" have you singing the words almost immediately. "You've got the gun, I've got the bullets, don't wanna live no more, oh baby be my lover cmon and pull that trigger" is one of the catchiest parts of the cd. The lyrics never really falter, and will have longtime fans pining for more("Now the Crowing dies"). The choruses stand out on this album, both musically and lyrically, and the rest of the album keeps this pace. Well done Mr. Sanchez.
Overall Impression — 10
I loved this album. I really wasn't expecting much from it, considering how aweful I thought The Running Free was. All those fans who felt the same, I encourage you to listen to this album regardless, you wont be dissappointed. Coheed has grown by leaps and bounds since Second Stage Turbine Blade, and I couldnt ask for more from No World For Tommorrow. "No world For Tomorrow", "Gravemakers and Gunslingers","The Hound(Of Blood and Rank)", "Justice In Murder","Mother Superior", and "On the Brink" are all worth the purchase of this album alone. Do yourself a favor and get it people!