Sound — 8
This album, in the mind of many devoted fans of Coheed and Cambria (as well as many true musical reviews) is the most epic album the Heed has ever made. Of course, if you dislike the music put out by the band, you'll dislike it a lot. The band isn't trying appeal to everyone. But, if you like anything the band has ever done, whether it be hearing them for the first time on Rock Band and looking for songs like "welcome home" or possibly you heard a poppy song like "the suffering" or "a favor house atlantic," there is something to appeal to you on this album. In a heavy anthem, the album's title song, "In Keeping Secrets: Silent Earth," Claudio instills a sense of almost pride in his vocals and most music fans can't help joining in the epic ending. Another highly noticable song on the album, "Blood Red Summer," is a very catchy pop song. (even though, after a brief examination of the lyrics, you realize it's fairly different than you thought) A single off the album, "A Favor House Atlantic," seems to be a favorite song of not only devoted fans of the band, but a song many people can't help attempting to sing along to. The album, much like two of Coheed and Cambria's other albums, also has a "mini-series" or "mini album" on the track list. The Camper Velourium saga, in the Amory Wars universe, deals with some mishaps on Claudio's adventure, resulting in an encounter with a spaceship's murderous captain named Al. The final songs on the album, "The Light and the Glass" and the hidden track "2113" are an amazing ballod and a seeming fusion of songs from the previous album "The Second Stage Turbine Blade." Also, at the end of "The Light and the Glass," a recurring theme of the band's album, the song "The Ring in Return" can be heard being played on a glockenspiel. To a fan of the band, this is an amazing album alone, and, in the series, an essential part and one of the best set of songs the band has released. To others, I highly recommend it, if not for the fictional world, the music in it's own right is something that cannot be ignored.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics of the album come from Claudio Sanchez, who also plays guitar. They all apply to his fictional world's story told through the albums. Claudio's singing cannot be compared to much of contemporary music's major singers. The closest thing most people sense is a relation to Geddy Lee's (Rush) vocal style. The ridiculously high lyrics are not only ranging, but almost operatic.
Overall Impression — 7
Coheed and Cambria have a very different style than that of most contemporary bands. They rise out of a classic rock-sounding style and go almost into progressive territory. Songs that one should notice the most are In Keeping Secrets: Silent Earth, The Light and the Glass, A Favor House Atlantic, Blood Red Summer, and The Crowing. I, being a devoted Heed fan, would re buy this album if anything ever happened to it in a heartbeat.