By Leo Gomon
Western Sun staff writer
Back in October, Coheed and Cambria released the first of the dual album titled “The Afterman: Ascension”. Now, four months later, we are able to experience the conclusion of what was their most ambitious musical endeavor to date. “Descension” concludes the spaceman, isolation theme started with the first record, in an extremely dramatic fashion in a musical sense with arguably the strongest songs in the bands repertoire.
The album really starts on the second track “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant” as a powerful, heavy song that showcases the complicated rhythm section. Followed by single “The Hard Sell”, we hear a funky, bass-driven breathe of air with a hard-hitting chorus that beautifully harmonizes two vocal tracks provided by lead singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez.
“Number City” is the gem of the album as it comes from out of left field as a fun pop anthem that never lets up and has a great bridge full of brass and great instrumentation. “Gravity’s Union” has a throwback Coheed feel, epic chorus and progressive movements and soaring vocals.
The second half of the album slows down a bit, focusing on more mellow arrangements as to not overwhelm the listener with too many rockers. The line in the sand though is the digression of the lyrics, as they come off too cheesy and uninspired for a progressive album, but this can be looked over.
“Descension” is a solid song highlighted by Claudio incredibly emotive voice, Josh Eppard and Zach Cooper’s second-to-none rhythm section, and a true mastery of their craft.
These guys know how to write quality songs and don’t really sound like other acts out there. Another high point for Coheed and Cambria.