Coheed & Cambria - No World For Tomorrow
Sony Music
Classic Rock / Metal
13 songs ()
Release year: 2007
Coheed & Cambria, Sony Music
Reviewed by Ben

Right away I have to say that while I am not completely oblivious to the storyline that Claudio Sanchez has painted for these past four albums, the fact that No World For Tomorrow is supposed to be a dramatic finale really didn’t blow my skirt up. What drew me to Coheed And Cambria in the first place was their unique sound. The high, pristine voice of Claudio, the throwback guitar tones that remind me of Yes and Rush, and the modern slant of something to be had on Warped Tour are what makes me have interest in this band. Over the course of their career Coheed has moved away from their melodic indie rock roots into more of classic rock meets heavy metal band. Like with any band those that were there first before popularity cry sell out but think about it, how is going metal and classic rock selling out? No World For Tomorrow continues this slide towards heavier pastures. The opening title track begins with some very rocking guitar flourishes and ends up being a leaner, trimmed down Welcome Home. Those classic rock influences pop up in The Hound (Of Blood And Rank) and Feathers. Here the band utilizes seventies sounding keyboard effects as well as vintage sounding guitar tones. Instead of sounding like an over polished major label turd, Feathers has an intro guitar sound that makes me remember my friends little shack where we used to jam. To fully elaborate on this song, Feathers is a terrific and melancholic number that despite its mid paced rock tempo, has a sense of loss and longing intertwined in the catchy chorus. Lead single The Running Free contains all the elements of a Coheed video song. Slightly quirky lyrics that have an easy to follow melody yet would make no sense to someone not versed in the story, bouncy refrains, and the prerequisite “whoa oh oh” sing along.

The second half of the album has Coheed venturing into heavy and epic territories. Gravemakers And Gunslingers is a biting, angry song with venomous lines being spit out from Claudio. Solo licks and fills are aplenty and these carry over to the next track, Justice In Murder. The centerpiece of No World For Tomorrow is the closing suite The End Complete. According to the story this is when all the shit goes down, what I couldn’t tell you exactly but based on the dramatic atmosphere the music creates, I bet it’s big. The songs that make up this five piece movement range from slow and tension building, to bombastic pomp. Jazzy parts are weaved in with huge choruses and classic guitar duels.

If there is a fault to be had with No World For Tomorrow it would be that it is perhaps too predictable of a follow up to Good Apollo I. However, this does not equate into a poor offering of goods. Its just that we knew what was coming. The rock and metal elements that were introduced on Good Apollo I were are further developed with No World For Tomorrow. Now that this four album story arc is over and done with, I wonder what Coheed And Cambria will tackle next. Perhaps and album that is not tied down to a concept and one where the band just lets loose. That is something I am looking forward to hearing.

Killing Songs :
Feathers, Gravemakers And Gunslingers, The Hound (Of Blood And Rank), The Running Free
Ben quoted 85 / 100
Other albums by Coheed & Cambria that we have reviewed:
Coheed & Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension reviewed by Kyle and quoted 86 / 100
Coheed & Cambria - Year Of The Black Rainbow reviewed by Kyle and quoted 85 / 100
Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 reviewed by Kyle and quoted 93 / 100
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV. Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness reviewed by Daniel and quoted 94 / 100
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