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The Afterman: Ascension

October 9, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Everything Evil/Hundred Handed Inc.
  • Copyright: 2012 Hundred Handed Inc.
  • Total Length: 39:29
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  • ASIN: B009ADROTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,552 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I think most fans of Coheed's earlier albums will find something to like on this album, as was the case for me.
M. VanPortfliet
The songs off of "Ascension" are THE best this band has put out and like all of Coheed's albums, there is no "filler" to be heard.
Ron
I really enjoy this song, and it comes off as very well written pop-rock, with great vocal melodies and guitars all over it.
ISpaceWalkSometimesJohn

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ron on October 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you've never listened to(or heard of) Coheed and Cambria before, there is a good chance you will be confused by the time you actually do. A quick google search results in a tedious explanation of "the concept" behind the songs, a sci-fi epic spanning 6 albums and counting. For some, this piece of information alone is enough to turn off a would-be fan and as a result, has left the band under the scrutiny of obscurity.

But what about the music?

With "The Afterman: Ascension", Coheed and Cambria ASCEND from their own self-inflicted obscurity and into the light, leaving critics of the band with nothing to do but rationalize the denial of the a simple truth: Coheed and Cambria is an incredible band. The songs off of "Ascension" are THE best this band has put out and like all of Coheed's albums, there is no "filler" to be heard. It combines everything that made the first four albums so unique along with the dynamics of the band's previous effort, Year Of The Black Rainbow. Perhaps the best example of this progression is what may be the strongest track on Ascension, "Domino The Destitute". The 8 minute single makes the time fly by with it's epic arrangements and intricate guitar work, perfectly complemented by the powerful grooves of drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Zack Cooper. The return of original drummer Josh Eppard has most-definitely reinvigorated the band's magical chemistry, but let this be known: the virtuosic influence of former drummer Chris Pennie(as well as Mic Todd) is very much alive in this record and is part of what makes this the best Coheed record to date.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on October 9, 2012
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The Afterman: Ascension is the sixth studio album by Coheed and Cambria. Ascension is the first half of a double album. The second half, The Afterman: Descension, is set to release in February 2013. The band's first five studio albums chronicled the science fiction epic "The Amory Wars," set in the fictional universe of Heaven's Fence. The Afterman Ascension and Descension serve as a prequel to the events in the first five albums, telling the tale of Sirius Amory. Amory is a scientist that discovers the keywork--a field of living energy that binds together the planets of heavens fence. In the process of discovering the true nature of the keywork his body is taken over by some of the entities that comprise the keywork (Dominothe Destitute, Holly Wood The Cracked, etc.). The cover art is a reference to the changes he goes through as the keywork's energy changes him.

The Afterman: Ascension has several concurrent releases including a regular version, a limited edition digipak, a digital version on iTunes, and a deluxe version. The iTunes version boasts an additional track "The Homecoming" and two demos. So far the deluxe version has only been for sale as a preorder on Coheed and Cambria's website. The deluxe release contains both Afterman albums (one of which is a burnable CD) as well as a number of extras: a coffee table book, two bonus music discs, an "Amory Award" album and certificate, a documentary DVD, digital downloads of both albums, and a VIP laminate that gives owners access to special privileges and events at shows. (There are a couple of additional versions, but these cover some of the major releases. For now, more information can be found on Coheed and Cambria's webpage.)

Ascension starts out as many past Coheed albums--with a flair for the dramatic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ISpaceWalkSometimesJohn on October 25, 2012
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I'm gonna do a track by track review, then sum it up.
The Hollow - A pretty cool instrumental/dialogue track, standard opening track idea for Coheed. I like it a lot better than One, but SSTB still takes the cake for best opening theme-track.
Domino The Destitute - This is among the best Coheed songs ever written. The instrumentation is superb, and carries the vocal melodies(which are some of my favorite ever) perfectly. There's a lot of epic peaks in it, as well as great drumming that ties the parts together very well. Great track, REALLY well written
The Afterman - A huge departure from other Coheed songs, but not a scary change. The song is really quiet and light, and I really enjoy the build into the big distorted guitar section. There are a lot of really nice strings on it too, which sound great and provide lots of texture. A really nice poppy tune, all-in-all.
Mothers of Men - This one gives me a GAIBS4 Vol:1 vibe, with the really riff-driven guitar parts. The vocal harmonies throughout the tune really make the song. The lyrics are also very interesting, and the use of a female vocalist between the chorus and second verse was a really cool dynamic. The bridge shows Claudio's ability as a vocalist to go from sweet to angry and aggressive in a matter of seconds and make it fit within a song.
Goodnight Fair Lady - "Faint of The Suffering" This would be the vibe I get. I really enjoy this song, and it comes off as very well written pop-rock, with great vocal melodies and guitars all over it. The song is densely harmonized(also not always in thirds), which is something I've always thought was really cool about Coheed songs. The bridge is perfect. I love it's harmonies, and epic build.
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