Coheed and Cambria will release their new album, The Color Before The Sun, on Oct. 9 via 300 Entertainment.
Casper spoke with bassist Zach Cooper about there upcoming album release and any plans for touring.
Casper also had the pleasure of listening to the upcoming album. You can read his review below.
Selecting progressive rock as a genre for The Colour Before the Sun would be a tremendous understatement and moreover, a failure to acknowledge the tremendous work the band have produced with this album.
Stepping away from their traditional storytelling through the musical medium of SciFri Rock, Coheed and Cambria have produced a prodigious album of significantly more mainstream approach, both in production and material.
The Claudio Sanchez we know from the previous seven albums prefers to express his experiences and emotions through a range of characters to the Amory Wars series, but this time, we have Claudio unfettered by the guise of alter egos and providing a clear and poignant portrayal of what lies within.
The collective skill of the group and further, their individual talents are demonstrated beautifully from the outset in Island. The track opens with a train station type ambience and this is most apt indeed because musically you really do feel as though you are commencing a journey of discovery. Dare I say leaving an island of familiarity and embarking on a journey of experimentation and new adventure? A brilliant opening demonstrative of the bands ability to step into the mainstream with catchy music and evocative lyrics.
Eraser follows with a deeper blending of genres from punk elements, to metal and back to rock, then listening closely you find almost hidden elements of a far wider musical influence.
Colours is reminiscent of the emotion and personal exposure blended into prior works as a kaleidoscopic gently swirling fog of musical feeling and expressions, but leaving ample scope for the listener to apply your own private angst. A beautiful track indeed and sure to be attractive to a far wider audience than traditional for the Coheed and Cambria.
I must make note of the impact Zach Cooper has brought to the musical table with this album, as his bass work becomes a fundamental important component element of the tracks, and quite a journey away from his traditional comfort zone. Brilliant stuff. Similarly Josh Eppard provides a brilliant and extremely important contribution to the entire album with his brilliant ability to both express, and simultaneously elicit emotion instrumentally. Such a tremendous talent in his own right.
As the listener is drawn into the musical beauty and diversity in Atlas, one cannot help but apply past favourite performers from a variety of genres and potential influences to the band’s sound. There is an inexhaustible range of familiar sounds and styles, but blended to stunning perfection the group can call their very own.
You’ve Got Spirit Kid has already received excellent reception, and is a very interesting selection for early release. The track musically is very reminiscent of 80’s and 90’s popular tunes, but provided new and fresh elements to capture a wide audience. The track has appeal in both contemporary and vintage qualities guaranteed to bring the group celebration from a new audience.
My personal favourite opens with a malevolent metal appeal in guitar driven ferocity and a more malign edge, and allows Claudio to shine in his musical brilliance. Claudio and Travis Steever have been brilliant together for a very long time and yet somehow their shared approach to lead and rhythm guitars is driven to new heights of grandeur.
Coheed and Cambria have produced a brilliant work in The Colour Before the Sun, sure to win them further acclaim and a wider audience. A musical, personal and professional benchmark leap for the band and a glimpse of a new era of widely celebrated music.