Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow review by Coheed and Cambria

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  • Released: Oct 23, 2007
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (239 votes)
Coheed and Cambria: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow
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Sound — 8
Coheed's new album sounds a tad bit heavier overall than past efforts, gone are the abundance of slower songs, and now you see a lot of heavy stuff with some softer stuff sprinkled in here and there. The guitars themselves sound great and are well written, they really harmonize and mix for an awesome wall of hard rock glory. My only issues with it are that some of the overall feel of the songs are frequent, and it's not as varied as their last album, or the one before it.

Lyrics — 8
A lot of the lyrics are based around the Armory Wars, a common theme in a lot of Coheed's work. It is a concept album, a part of an overall story. It is kind of cool, that it's based on something instead of randomness, and it's not as obvious and it doesn't always make you feel like you're reading a book alongside some music. Of course, Claudio's voice is an acquired taste. His somewhat feminine voice is kind of annoying, but on this album he doesn't sound as girlish, and it's a good breath of fresh air from a lot of the popular modern day hardcore vocals.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, it's about equal to their past efforts. It's not going to scare away hardcore fans, if anything it may bring in some of the skeptical people who were turned off by the vocals on songs like "A Favor House Atlantic". Some notable songs are the title track, The Hound, and Gravemakers and Gunslingers. I love the energy in the music itself, and the aggressive in your face vocal style of Claudio Sanchez. The only thing I really dislike about it is the random little vocal parts that don't really fit (see Gravemakers and Gunslingers, the voice of a little girl saying "there's just no time for this"). I would recommend this album to friends, and if it someone was completely eliminated from my library, I would probably give it another buy. It's a quality album that's sure to please it's fans, and probably some non-fans alike.

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    tasmo
    fair call. i still like diversity in ratings such as on metacritic.com... the write up's on here r pretty good tho. i guess this site isn't based around reviews anyways
    muffinblighter
    CoHead wrote: I have never had more faith in a band to put out quality albums. Each album is somehow very different, but still similar. And like always, the more I listen to it, the more I absolutely love it. This is the best band in modern music. Period. They deserve more recognition than they get. Album of the year!
    HAIL!
    C&C Magik
    ^ Vol. 1 was my least favorite out of all of them. Not that it's a bad one. Coheed could go on stage, shit, and it would be amazing.
    KileManA7X
    What I liked so much about the Willing Wells was that they were so creative. There would be a melody for like 2 minutes and then it's like a completely different song and sound and there would be like 3 or 4 of those in each song. The last cd had so much of a variety and they were all so epic. I think on this cd, they try way too ****ing hard to live up to their last two cd's which they may never do.
    Funyun
    It was an awesome cd other than their terrible songs End Complete and End complete 5 on the brink those two were terrible and they sucked other than that the cd was awesome not better than In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 though
    muffinblighter
    omarrodrigez wrote: I'm am a huge Coheed fan but I found this album to be very, very disappointing. They moved from semi-dissonant prog-rock to melodic generic hard rock. The musicianship is great and the songs sound good, it's just not Coheed though. This album was over produced and sterile. I'm not bashing the band, it's just not a very good album for them.
    ahem. let me say something. this year has been filled with overproduced third releases. and at first i too was tempted to describe 'no world for tomorrow' the same way. but after hearing the arc of the album, from the gentle intro and hook of the first and second tracks the ****ing epic 25 minute closing suite, i'd have to agree that this is a definite contender for best album of the year. why? because it is perfect. the lyrics are so unmistakably coheed they could easily be found on SSTB. it's as if this album takes everything rock and roll music has been trying to accomplish since the 1980's and gives it all meaning. feathers begins as a ballad that could've been written by journey or van halen, but instead of being cheesy, it's epic, it's catchy. gravemakers and gunslingers is a brilliant piece of glam rock, maybe the funnest song on the album. i've heard people bash coheed and cambria for imitating bands like pink floyd, rush, and yes. but look at it this way. coheed and cambria has taken that progressive sound and revitalized it in a way no musician has since dark side of the moon. and yes it is different, but in ways it is better than old coheed. it is the proper progression of their music. ever melody claudio belts and every guitar rift is original, the solos are incredible and, instead of seeming contrived or detracting from the sound of the album as a whole, they are as essential to the story as every word sung. Coheed and cambria can weave in a melodic theme like nobody's business. nothing has lived up to the epic-osity of 'the crowing''everything evil' and 'the light and the glass' until the end complete sweet. i agree with confetti, 'the road and the damned' makes the album, but only because it is preceded by 'the end complete'. best transition ever. anyway. i'm done rambling.
    muffinblighter
    americanmovie23 wrote: this album sucks. sorry. i love C&C. their first three records were amazing. Volume 1 is one of my favorite records of all time. Nothing stands out. all the songs just sound the same after awhile. Volume 1 had The Suffering and Welcome home and the Good Apollo Set was amazing. silent secret had house atlantic and blood red summer and the title track. it was awesome. here.....there is.....maybe feathers? maybe running free? and that is about it. a pitiful way to end a story.
    dig deeper. remember all that you've been, and all that you've left behind. welcome home my dear. ps you are an idiot.
    Sol9989
    this is album is good, great even. no doubt about it. however, i've given it a good listen, even tried my hand at some of the songs from tab or by ear, The End Complete III and Gravemakers especially. through that, i've come to realise that this album does lack a bit of variety that they had with Vol 1. i mean, you get the intros then Welcome Home, then Ten Speed, Crossing the Frame, Apollo I and Wake Up shortly after. which is variety to the max, which is why i think Apollo 1 just has the edge.
    muffinblighter
    BusterSword777 wrote: I like this album just fine and all, but (in my opinion) it doesn't even touch the level of awesomeness contained within IKSOSE:3. The only songs that really stand out to me right now are The Hound (of Blood & Rank) and The End Complete V: On the Brink. This might change the more I listen, but I'm not incredibly impressed with it right now. I really miss the SSTB/IKSOSE:3 days... soooo badly...
    does anyone else hope that the prequel album will make a return to the older, less produced coheed and cambria? i do.
    Gothstone
    does anyone else hope that the prequel album will make a return to the older, less produced coheed and cambria? i do.
    I do too.
    XxXLuisanXxX
    2late2know wrote: SMITH05 wrote: Cheesepuff wrote: WHOA WAIT! These guys are NOT emo! Somebody change that genre! Seconded ^agree with them. Anyway i really really got into this band after hearing "Welcome Home". I was completely amazing by the guitar work in that song (even though it took me a while to get used to his voice) now I think they are an amazing band. I definitely want to get this album to see what they have in store now
    I third it, someone cahnge the emo part. MCR is emo, not C&A
    somethingwitty
    Amazing cd, far better than fear through the eyes of madness.. i honestly didnt think that this was going to be a cd even worth owning in my opinion, but was very surprised. and C&C is not EMO in any way whatsoever!!!
    abarile
    ps. 2 the author of the review, the line in the reaping is "hold out these hands receive, the sum, not sound
    goredsfc2
    TheDisturbed78 wrote: i saw the add for this and at first i was like "hey this looks pretty cool" but when i looked it up on youtube, i realized this is the worst crap ever, the music is fine, but the singer is terrible, you can tell that his balls havent dropped.
    i'll bet anything that this kid hasn't even heard most of the music, C&C are amazing and i'm f-ing sick of everyone bashing claudio's voice
    Brainwash
    I think that the problem myself and a few other people have with this new album is being a bit misinterpreted as us thinking that we dont want bands to change or evolve. That isnt the case at all. I love all 3 Coheed albums before this one, and all 3 sound different, but still have that Coheed sound. This one just sounds different, though. The reason for it is obvious, the new drummer. Josh had a totally unique style that just perfected what the rest of the guys already had. His drumming was more than a beat, it was like the punctuation of the music. If you listen to his playing and all the offbeats and weird little things he added to his playing, you will get what I mean. This new drummer is boring, in my opinion. He does nothing but the most simplistic beats he can get away with, or at least thats what it feels like. Since Coheed doesnt have that drumming that Josh is unique for anymore, their sound just isnt there anymore. This album is definitely listenable, but just not what made me like Coheed so much. I just hope when I go and see them next month, Pennie doesnt butcher the classics.
    Confetti
    vanceboy wrote: tasmo wrote: this is a good album. but i hate UGs way of rating albums... the shit albusm r like 9 out of 10.... 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 are there to be used... The UG Team tends to make use of the 7-10 range, while everyone else that bought it usually gives 9's and 10's. Honestly, almost anything that gets rated (such as videos on YouTube) usually tend to have high ratings...
    Mayby the only reason i came to review the album was because its really suprised me in the first place. I might do reviews about bad records to UG or any other site but usually i ignore the bad albums fast. Still meant every thing i said. 9.7/10 Thats about right *nods*
    CoHead
    I have never had more faith in a band to put out quality albums. Each album is somehow very different, but still similar. And like always, the more I listen to it, the more I absolutely love it. This is the best band in modern music. Period. They deserve more recognition than they get. Album of the year!
    fender_NiNE
    this is a great album, but i really just dont like feathers, its way too poppy and van halen-ish to me. gravemakers and gunslingers is an amazing song though.
    jeremyeatworld
    feathers=good shit...hate poppy songs....love when coheed does it once in a while. they're so cool
    rykar
    fender_NiNE wrote: this is a great album, but i really just dont like feathers, its way too poppy and van halen-ish to me. gravemakers and gunslingers is an amazing song though.
    I aggree on that one, still one amazing album, best shit C&C has pumped out yet. Definately has my vote for Album of the Year
    Confetti
    Felkara wrote: It's 'Hail', but regardless, how awesome is this album!!!
    I think he did'nt mean On The brink's Hail part. C&C uses the Hey! yeals really often so the yeals lose some of the kick.
    Confetti
    PinkFloydrulez wrote: I miss the old drummer.
    Yeah me too. Thats the only thing i didnt like on the album.
    RHtonyflowCP wrote: gifted_awakenin wrote: Album of the year! It is amazing! I second that!
    I still think Porcupine trees: Fear Of A Plank Planet takes the cake
    gtrplyr54
    i love it, i still like Good Apollo IV better but this is right behind it, i need the tab for on the brink, amazing song
    Confetti
    gtrplyr54 wrote: i love it, i still like Good Apollo IV better but this is right behind it, i need the tab for on the brink, amazing song
    BTW They both are Good Apollo, Im Burning Star IV. The end part is just different. Get it right kids.
    americanmovie23
    this album sucks. sorry. i love C&C. their first three records were amazing. Volume 1 is one of my favorite records of all time. Nothing stands out. all the songs just sound the same after awhile. Volume 1 had The Suffering and Welcome home and the Good Apollo Set was amazing. silent secret had house atlantic and blood red summer and the title track. it was awesome. here.....there is.....maybe feathers? maybe running free? and that is about it. a pitiful way to end a story.
    CoHead
    i disagree completely. besides, all the songs you named were basically the singles. and there is a lot more to their records than those songs.
    Felkara
    [quoteFrom here is a somewhat repetitive interlude of heavy guitars and a consistent "Hey!" from Sanchez.[/quote] It's 'Hail', but regardless, how awesome is this album!!! I'm also loving the mixing - we can finally hear Mic and can appreciate his awesome bassing. Loving this album, I've been listening to it non-stop since it arrived. Awesome...
    hehe_shabutie
    I've been a fan since SSTB and have enjoyed watching the band grow and listening to their progression. This album is no disappointment. NWFT, in my opinion, ties with IKSSE3. I had to listen to it 3 times through when I first got it in order to comprehend what I was hearing. Great job Coheed, and I look forward to the prequel album!