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Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3
Label: Sony
Release: 2003

1. The Ring In Return
2. In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
3. Cuts Marked In The March Of Men
4. Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow)
5. The Crowing
6. Blood Red Summer
7. The Velorium Camper I: Faint Of Hearts
8. The Velorium Camper II: Backend Of Forever
9. The Velorium Camper III: Al The Killer
10. A Favor House Atlantic
11. The Light & The Glass

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Coheed and Cambria has always been the promising band on the backburner. Their first release, Second Stage Turbine Blade was a tremendous debut, filled with original guitar work and lyrics. However, at times the production quality would hinder the release. The brilliant “Neverender,” with it’s great riffing and lyrics, was only diminished by the guitar at times sounding paper thin. Listening to In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3, I can gladly say that Coheed have finally lived up to their potential.

Rather than letting listeners catch a feel for their sound on this one, Coheed immediately assault you with an 8 minute epic, under the same name as the album. Seemingly exploring every single style they’ve been through in their career, it sets the bar for the rest of the album very high. Pinch harmonics, explosive lead guitar, and a booming improvement in Claudio Sanchez’s vocal abilities guide the track along to greatness. As with any album that begins with such a strong point, you will be left wondering if they can be this consistently good for the rest of the offering. Fortunately, the answer is yes.

The album is a concept album in heart, but like most concept albums, many will give up trying to make sense of the overblown story and focus on the music entirely. On an album of this proportion it’s not hard to just forget that there is a story here anyhow.

Improvement in guitar work is featured all over the album as well. On “The Crowing,” Claudio sings over a very odd rhythm, before arriving at the bridge after the second verse, which is undeniably one of the most memorable moments on the album. After this we see the band entering a short jam session, with fast paced riffing leading into faster speed scale chasing ending with brilliantly placed pinch harmonics to end it all. Even with this fast paced chaos going on, the vocals persist, and work.

The Velourium Camper trio adds great depth to the album. The first of the three, “Faint of Hearts,” opens with a bit of Santana-esque soloing before bridging into a great song. But it is “Backened of Forever,” which is the trio’s highpoint, featuring quickly picked, palm-muted, verses and very atmospheric choruses.

The album closes with “The Light and The Glass,” which takes the band into a less explored area of their career; acoustic guitar. This is where Coheed’s versatility comes across crystal clear. The acoustic guitars soon fade in favor to a slow paced electric guitar ballad that brings the album to a close on a brilliantly beautiful note. Though ranking as the albums more commercial track (even more so than the sure fire single “A Favor House Atlantic,” it is still one of the more enjoyable songs on the album.

Coheed and Cambria have done nothing but improve on with this album. Fans of sci-fi theme rock albums and original guitar work alike should rush to the stores to check out this album. Whilst still roaming on the underground, Coheed are stepping further and further to being one of the best bands in the world.

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