Category Archives: Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria “Dark Side of Me” Video

Coheed and Cambria have released the video for “Dark Side of Me”, the penultimate track from new album The Afterman: Descension, which was released on Feb 4th. Keep an eye out on Musicscramble next week for the album review, but in the meantime enjoy the video below and be sure to check out the review of The Afterman: Ascension and our Box Set review of their discography.

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Paul’s Top Ten 2012

Xmas comes but once a year and brings along with it the decorated trees, inflated Visa bill and those cool little sausages wrapped in bacon. It also signifies the beginning of the end of the year and thus the regular festive tradition of the top ten season. So here’s my top ten albums released this year. Sadly not wrapped in bacon.

Lamb of God - Resolution10. Lamb of God – Resolution

Lamb of God have had a bit of an up and down year with singer Randy Blythe still currently being accused of manslaughter in the Czech Republic. At least the year started off better with the release of Resolution. It’s a rocking album full of the usual variety of high powered riffs, chugging guitar and awesome drums you’d expect to hear. There’s a little variety this time round too with one song featuring some orchestrated parts. Maybe not the best entry in the discography, but a damn good record that I’m still enjoying even though it was released in January. Continue reading

Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman (2012) [video]

The Afterman is the next track to be taken from the recent album The Afterman : Ascension.

After the release of ‘Domino the Destitute’ in August this track (and album) continues Claudio Sanchez’ Amory Wars storyline.  You can watch the video by clicking below.

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Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension (2012)

Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: AscensionWhen 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

Coheed and Cambria – Domino The Destitute (2012)

Having just watched Coheed and Cambria at Leeds Festival this very weekend, I was particularly excited to discover that they have released a video for new track ‘Domino the Destitute’.

This is taken from the first of their two-part “Afterman” albums, The Afterman: Ascension will be released in October with The Afterman: Descension coming out in February 2013. You can watch the video now by clicking below. Continue reading

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Leeds Festival – Saturday 25th August 2012

For the first time ever I’m visiting the Leeds Festival for one day only. And if I’m honest, I’m only visiting that day because of The Cure.

Having went every year since 2006 the lineup last year (which I didn’t go to) had very little to excite me. This year was similarly poor other than a rare (first festival since 1979) appearance of The Cure. So how could I not go to ’The Cure’ day?

The day started for us (Mrs Scramble and I) with Coheed and Cambria on the Main Stage. Known for their concept albums and science fiction-take on lyrics thing they played a strong set with a mix of old and new. Perhaps not surprisingly the song which got the biggest reaction from the crowd was closer, ‘Welcome Home’.

A brisk walk took us to the R1/NME Stage to see the hotly tipped Spector. The tent was bristling with excitement before the band arrived onstage, and once there we were treated to a set of classic indie anthems you’ve never heard before. Admittedly the crowd did know a handful but that didn’t stop the clapping and cheering along for the whole set. They went down very well indeed. Continue reading

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Box Set: Coheed and Cambria

Hopefully you read my “5 Concept Albums That Don’t Suck” piece, yes? If so, you’ll have seen that I touched on Coheed and Cambria and their forays into the world of science fiction with “The Amory Wars”; a tale of action, love and revenge that spans all of the albums and singer/songwriter Claudio Sanchez’s side project The Prize Fighter Inferno.

Here we take a much closer look at all of the Coheed albums from a musical standpoint. I’m going to try to avoid concentrating on the story too much although it’s largely unavoidable. There are three good reasons for trying to avoid getting entrenched in the storyline anyway. Firstly, it will take way too many pages to write that. Secondly, it’s considerably better documented and debated on t’Internet than anything I could produce, namely on fansite Cobalt and Calcium’s forum. And thirdly, I haven’t got a goddamn clue what’s going on past the second album. Continue reading

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5 Concept Albums That Don’t Suck

WizardDon’t browse away! Yes yes, I know I’ve gone and said two words that would normally strike fear into the hearts of the average music fan. Concept Album. There, I’ve said it again. So what are you thinking about now I’ve used that fateful term? Have you automatically conjured up images of hairy hippy types in crazy clothes smoking crazier substances somewhere in the mid 70’s, churning out 28 minute long tales of dragons, flaming swords and mystical wibbly wobbly maguffins?

You wouldn’t be incorrect exactly, but if you truly believe that’s where the concept album begins and ends, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are modern classics out there that you may not even realise have their own story to tell. I’ve picked out five of the best of recent times in no particular order, all of which released after the year 2000. To the best of my knowledge, not one of them has a dragon, a flaming sword, or a shining knight of justice. I’m not so sure if they weren’t written with the help of some special herbal remedies though. Continue reading

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