Over the last decade or so, and thanks to classics such as “Welcome Home,” “The Suffering,” and “No World for Tomorrow,” poppy progressive rock/metal outfit Coheed & Cambria has reached a level of fame and recognition that few others in the genre can claim. Led by guitarist/singer/creative mastermind Claudio Sanchez, their brilliant combination of sci-fi lore, catchy melodies, fierce energy, and elaborate arrangements makes their work highly individualized. In celebration of their seventh album, ‘The Afterman: Descension’ (which is a continuation of last year’s impressive ‘The Afterman: Ascension,’ so it could technically be considered the second part of their sixth record), the group is touring the country with supporting act Between the Buried and Me. On March 11th and 12th, the two acts will be at The Electric Factory. If you’re a fan of intricate compositions, hypnotic melodies, and grand concepts, you’ll probably want to be there.
As for Between the Buried and Me, well, they’re arguably even more amazing (although their sound is definitely less accessible and more of an acquired taste). Known for their incredible diversity and dynamics (vocalist Tommy Rogers can switch from devilish growls to stunning falsetto harmonies without hesitation), as well as futuristic concepts and album-long song cycles, the group’s earned quite a strong following. Last year, they released ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence,” a full length follow-up to their previous EP, 2011’s ‘The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.” Essentially a seventy-two minute song broken into twelve sections, it was easily one of the best albums released last year (in fact, I’d say that it’s the best metal record I’ve ever heard). Again, their occasional brutality may not appeal to some of Coheed & Cambria’s fanbase, but listeners who can tolerate and appreciate what BTBAM will find that their art is nothing short of genius.
Unfortunately, the March 11th show is already sold out, but tickets for March 12th can still be purchased here. In the meantime, check out my reviews of “The Afterman: Ascension” and “The Parallax II: Future Sequence.” Also, check back soon for my review of “The Afterman: Descension.” This is definitely a double bill that you don’t want to miss!