Coheed and Cambria- The Afterman: Ascension(After about two complete listens)
I am bit blown away by this album, to be quite honest. As far as being a concept album, this is by far the strongest Coheed album. The story is easier to discern, and the songs flow better than any previous Coheed record.
At least after my couple listens, there isn't a weak link on this album. The song that comes the closest is the closer, "Subtraction". I still can't say I didn't enjoy it, though.
Josh Eppard's influence is felt on this album, big time. His drumming isn't as showy or ridiculously technical as that of Chris Pennie, but it fits the band far better. Along with the new bassist, Zach Cooper (Who lays down an absolutely filthy bassline on "Key Entity Extraction II: Hollywood the Cracked"), Coheed's rhythm section is as cohesive as it has ever been.
That's not to say that Claudio and Travis have been left in the dust on this album. They have completely upped their game. The variation of styles of playing on this album blows my mind.
I'm going to cut this short before I start to ramble, but this is the best Coheed record since In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3, and together with the second half of the album, Decension, may in fact be Coheed's magnum opus.
Key Tracks: "The Afterman", "Mothers of Men", "Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher", "Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful".
Overall Rating: 9.6/10 (Outstanding)