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Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.
With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
Versus: Coheed And Cambria - ‘In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3’ Vs ‘Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV’
It’s the battle of the concept albums today. Those who are strangers to the world of NYC’s prog act Coheed And Cambria might not be aware of the bands epic story that their music is based around; The Amory Wars, a sci-fi epic written by lead man Claudio Sanchez. So, being concept albums their music ties in directly with the storyline of The Amory Wars. But, of course, we want to know which album is better! Do we go down the musical or concept path? There’s plenty to bear in mind, so keep reading as we delve deeper…
These weeks battle is brought to you by Richard Heaven, fighting his corner for 'In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3' whilst top guy Mikey Brown is all about 'Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV' which is still quite a mouthful. Game on, chaps!
'In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3' (by Richard Heaven)
Let me take you back to the moment that Coheed ‘clicked’ with me. It’s 2006, and rumours are starting to fly in regards to Coheed’s upcoming fourth album ‘No World For Tomorrow.’ To a nerdy, classic metal loving sixteen year old all this talk of alternative worlds and concept albums in exhilarating. I head to google and download the first Coheed album I come across (yes, that album was 'In Keeping Secrets…'). It took a while to get into. A riff here, a hook there. It wasn’t until I was on a short break with my family, chilling by the river on a campsite and listening to the albums 10 minute epic 2113 that it hit me.
I wasn’t thinking big enough. This is an album with enormous scope. Whilst the albums that followed 'In Keeping Secrets…' may be similarly huge in sound and style, they didn’t see Coheed - Claudio, Michael, Travis and Josh - make such a dramatic jump forward as they did between their debut and this. 'In Keeping Secrets…' saw them truly find their sound and identity, defining what it is to be Coheed And Cambria.
I would argue that the album itself is the darkest of the series. From Claudio’s flashbacks of killing his children to Al’s obsession with killing all the white girls, there is very little to laugh about during 'In Keeping Secrets…'. Hell, even the singles mention dismemberment, interrogation and the last words of a suicidal man. If these are the popiest offerings from 'In Keeping Secrets…' then what does that suggest of the album tracks?
To conclude, I believe that 'In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3' is the definitive Coheed album due to the lyrical bleakness shown throughout, the maturation of the band as a creative unit and the unadulterated focus on the Amory Wars story line. Awkward second album? What awkward second album!
'Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV' (by Mikey Brown)
I should probably admit that Coheed And Cambria are my favourite band. Whenever I go back and listen to them I get on such an incredible binge and listen to all their albums and the Neverender boxset on repeat for a good 2 weeks at the very minimum and I won’t listen to anything else.
Many Coheed fans won’t agree, but ‘Good Apollo…’ is easily their best album. The first time I heard it in full, I was a little bit confused by it all; I didn’t really understand it. As I grew older though, I learned to appreciate it more in a musical sense and when I learned that the album was all based around lead singer Claudio’s relationship troubles at the time it really became a much personal record, disguised in the story of the Amory Wars and the penultimate chapter in the tale.
The heavy hitter ‘Welcome Home' is a fan favourite and musically, is probably the darkest song on the album. However, the album is probably the darkest the band have ever written and it's this that I love about it. The juxtaposition of the melodic guitar lines and that falsetto voice, singing lines about death and hate is really something that the younger version of myself looked over and is prominent in so many of the songs if you can take in more of what's being offered.
‘Good Apollo…’ is absolutely drenched in honesty and personal tragedy and there’s a line in there for everybody to relate to at some point. Listen at first and enjoy. Listen again and delve into the depths of Claudio’s emotions, wrapped up and disguised in a sci fi concept. It’s tragic yet oh so beautiful in equal measure.
Make sure to catch the band on their UK tour next month. Dates can be seen here.
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