American progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria yesterday launched the second entry in a double album cycle following the trials of Sirius Amory, or ‘The Afterman’, obviously an important character in the band’s Amory Wars mythology given his name. The first album The Afterman: Ascension chronicled his rise – both literally (in a spaceship) and metaphorically, whilst the new release The Afterman: Descension understandably deals with the fall of the man who discovered The Keywork, a network of life-giving stars.
Rolling Stone are streaming the new album in full, which sees Dr. Sirius lost on his travels, and contemplating his return home after being saved from certain death.
I’m really enjoying Coheed’s return to form (I didn’t think much of Year Of The Black Rainbow at all, despite the inclusion of ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie), and although they’re had a turbulent 18 months with members, it seems not to have affected them too much. Track two, ”Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant” , is a particular highlight.
If this tickles your fancy, you can catch CoCa on their headlining tour with Between The Buried And Me and Russian Circles right now – have a look through the events calendar to see if they’re hitting a town near you!