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The Afterman: Descension

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Modern progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria's upcoming sixth studio album will be a double concept album entitled, The Afterman, and will be released in two separate full-length volumes. The band made the announcement today via a cinematic video trailer on their official website. The first volume, The Afterman: Ascension, was released on October 9, 2012 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil, and distributed through Fontana/Ingrooves. The second volume, The Afterman: Descension is slated for release in February 5, 2013.
It was announced previously at last year's San Diego Comic Con that The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions to be developed into a live-action feature film.
Musically, The Afterman sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes. The dual release also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006, bringing with him his benchmark percussive grooves. Coheed and Cambria self-financed and co-produced The Afterman, alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the band's first 3 albums, in Woodstock, NY. The album was mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, The Shins, Foster the People) and Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hundred Handed Inc
  • ASIN: B00AF6B0VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Afterman: Descension is the seventh studio album by Coheed and Cambria. Coheed and Cambria are known for their progressive rock sound as well as an underlying science fiction story that connects their studio releases. I've been a fan for several years now, and The Afterman Descension does not disappoint.

Their first four albums (The Second Stage Turbine Blade through No World for Tomorrow) and the subsequent prequel (Year of the Black Rainbow) follow a storyline of "The Amory Wars". Their sixth and seventh studio albums (The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension) delve deep into the past of the same story, expanding upon the experiences of the titular character, Sirius Amory. Amory discovers that an energy field that holds all of the planets in the galaxy together in orbit is actually comprised of the souls of the dead. Sirius has to cope with both the nature of his discovery (and the dangers contained therein) as well as the ramifications of his returning to his home planet after being presumed dead for almost two year.

Like Ascension, Descension is an excellent indicator of the continued growth of the band. The band do not appear interested in trying to recreate the specific sound or feel of any of their previous albums, and continue to explore new musical territory.
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Coheed and Cambria continue to impress me with the way in which their writing and recording prowess has grown over the years. The sound of this album is in some ways groundbreaking for the band, with tracks like "Number City" and "The Hard Sell" incorporating catchier, poppier melodies and instrumentation than songs on any previous album (not to mention a horn section on "City"), "Gravity's Union" taking the group's epic prog-metal dimension to a new high, and "Iron Fist" adopting a very Prize-Fighter-Inferno-esque stripped-down acoustic feel. What has so impressed me with this album, however (and the reason that it has been playing on repeat in my car and at home since I purchased it), is that all of the new directions embraced on this album are elements that have been present in their music in one form or another since Second Stage Turbine Blade. In that sense, these are not new sounds for the band, but rather refinements and improvements of the many various musical elements (progressive rock, metal, pop, acoustic, etc) that make Coheed and Cambria's albums so multifaceted and enjoyable to listen to. Those looking for an album "like" something the band has previously done, hoping they will return to the formula of Silent Earth 3 or No World For Tomorrow, might be disappointed with Descension. It does not follow a formula, but rather continues the same musical journey in which all of those albums played a part. This, however, is precisely what makes Descension such an excellent album, and what makes Coheed such a talented and versatile group, as each album they release both epitomizes and broadens their sound, fusing together an ever-expanding collection of styles, genres and influences into something completely unique and distinctly their own.
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By Andy on February 26, 2013
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Part two of Coheed & Cambria's dual-attack comeback effort, "The Afterman: Descension," picks up precisely where "The Afterman: Ascension" left off. As dense in concept as it is in composition, "Descension" proves that Coheed is far from being over in the wake of losing their rhythm section. Picking up original drummer Josh Eppard has apparently helped give them a much-needed boost, but newbie Zach Cooper can't be underestimated, as his work on the four-strings serves as the foundation for many of "Descension's" key moments. For the first time since the mid-2000s, it seems as if the band has found the perfect chemistry.

It goes without saying that if you loved "Ascension," you'll fall for "Descension" just the same. Balancing insanely catchy choruses with technically impressive musicianship, Coheed & Cambria continue the tradition of completely rocking out while frontman Claudio Sanchez bares his soul through complex storylines. While meaty epics such as "Sentry The Defiant" and "The Hard Sell" go a long way in winning over the casual fan, groovier numbers such as "Number City" take the band into previously uncharted territories. Featuring a rollicking bass-line from Cooper, "Number City" finds the band channeling The Police in perhaps their funkiest and freshest song in a long while. Equally inspired numbers such as "Away We Go" and "Iron Fist" find the band pulling off earnest balladry that tugs at the heart-strings and reflects the album's tragic storyline brilliantly.

The biggest success of this album, as well as its counterpart, is the band's ability to merge their storied past with their seemingly bright future. While staying true to their roots throughout, Claudio & Company go a long way in breaking new ground and injecting new life into their sound.
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