Album of the Week- The Afterman: Ascension
By Coheed & Cambria
The songs on the album:
"Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute"
"Mothers of Men"
"Goodnight, Fair Lady"
"Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked"
"Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher"
"Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful"
Coheed & Cambria is a band from Nyack, New York. The lead singer, Claudio Sanchez, created a story called the Amory Wars which is what all of his albums are based off of. This is known as a concept album. The Afterman: Ascension is a piece
of this complex story that has been translated into both a novel and a comic
In this part of the Amory Wars, the main character Cyrus Amory leaves his wife Mary
Amory to adventure the Keywork or source of energy that nobody has found before.
As he ventures, he ends up in the body of Vic the Butcher. Cyrus is stuck there
for ages until Evagria the Faithful realizes his true identity when he makes a
moral choice, breaking through Vic the Butcher's evil. At home, his wife is
preyed on but is saved by a policemen, but soon takes the predator as her
lover. At the time, there is Domino the Destitute who is a failing boxer
influenced by the fame and glory that could be out there. There is Holly Wood, a
character based off a "fan", who longs to be someone she's not. In the end,
Cyrus resents not letting Mary go because he realizes that if he truly loved
her, he would not have to make her go through parting and mourning when he dies.
This is, as you can see, and incredibly complex story. To learn all the details I've undoubtedly omitted, go to the Coheed & Cambria Website.
There are videos explaining the story behind each song. It's a fascinating
Now to review the strange album... The music grows on you; the first time you hear it you may not be very impressed. The music is rather odd and really takes some getting used to. It's sort of a mix of rock and pop, and it kind of reminds me of Michael
Jackson. The music has this unique quality as if you're listening to the soundtrack of a scifi movie. The lyrics are very complex and the music is all very diverse. Overall, I like the album but you definitely have to be in the mood to listen to it.