Erstwhile Prog Rock herbert’s COHEED AND CAMBRIA return after much soul searching and a couple of band mate replacements to once again fascinate and delight; their fourth album ‘’No World For Tomorrow", includes the finish to the Amory War saga that has run since their debut and also contains less fantastical lyricism and sci-fi warbling.
At its heart ‘’No World For Tomorrow’’ breaths Progressive Rock heart, body and soul. For the uninitiated the name of Canadian legends RUSH come strongly to the fore but you could even throw in a sprinkling of the once mighty QUEENSRYCHE or the laconic sweep of PINK FLOYD and even new usurpers to the Prog throne, THE MARS VOLTA, who could all go some way in explaining the rich, complex and utterly mesmerising medley of sounds that COHEED AND CAMBRIA deliver. However far from sounding like a band that pinch ideas there is nothing formulaic about COHEED AND CAMBRIA’S music.
The high pitched voice of singer Claudio Sanchez is the real standout. His Geddy Lee helium tinged timbre soars across the album. It might not be everyone’s cup of Prog-tea but Sanchez is an exceptional singer as he is musician and song writer. And talking of songs there’s a glut of good ones on this record. If like me you listen to the music and let the lyrics fall into the background, although not entirely ignoring them, ‘’No World For Tomorrow’’ contains so much great musicianship it’s hard to fault.
Personally I thought the band couldn’t beat the lofty ambitions of 2005’s masterpiece ‘’Good Apollo I’M Burning Star…’’ but ‘’No World For Tomorrow’’ is easily a more adaptable, more accessible record. In many ways it will appeal across a broad spectrum benefiting the band and Prog Rock/Metal in general. From the familiar acoustic opening of ‘’The Reaping’’ to the complex riffing of the title track to the entire opus that is ‘’The End Complete’’, this is a fascinating and completely absorbing body of music.
Even after selling a million records of the previous album it just goes to show how firmly COHEED AND CAMBRIA has their feet planted on mother earth. Wholly unique and engrossing ‘’No World For Tomorrow’’ is pure class and a triumph over adversity for a band who in the last year or two were all but finished.
(Online November 13, 2007)