When a band announces that their next album will come in two parts, it would normally make me groan with despair that they’d gone too arty farty and were beginning to disappear up their own behinds. System of a Down had a go with Mesmerize and Hypnotize, the former being a great success, the later a lackluster follow up. Green Day are going the whole hog with a trilogy, the first of which ¡Uno! was recently released to generally favourable reviews, however we will need to wait to see if the trilogy was worthwhile or just a huge PR stunt.
Now when that band is Coheed and Cambria, one of the most creative, inspiring and imaginative of the last decade, I sit up and take real notice and eagerly await the result, and so here we have the opening salvo, The Afterman: Ascension. The big question is, is Ascension the beginning of a masterpiece or should I have feared the worst after all? Continue reading