Maybe Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever summed it up best when he said, "Label us what you will, it is all in the name of Rock & Roll to us." This four-piece band from the suburbs of New York keep you on your knees with their debut release, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, a 10-song musical sacrifice to the starving Rock gods. They set the album's pace with a haunting piano intro that leads you right into the song "Time Consumer," featuring brilliant guitar work by the notorious Dr. Know of Bad Brains fame. Lead singer and guitarist Claudio Sanchez's sometimes longwinded ballads guide you along with disturbing lyrics backed by true Rock guitar riffs, smooth, melodic bass lines and the hard-pounding, rather complicated beats of drummer Joshua Eppard. It would be easy to try and categorize Coheed and Cambria as part of the uprising in the Indie Rock/Emo movement with songs like "Everything Evil" and the album's closer "Godsend Conspirator," which resemble such bands as Cursive and Joshua. However, the band can then completely throw you for a loop with songs such as the hard-rocking "Hearshot Kid Disaster" and the disenchanted love opus "Junesong Provision." With The Second Stage Turbine Blade, Coheed and Cambria definitely live up to Rock & Roll standards while sticking to and standing above the sudden interest in Emo bands.
Coheed and Cambria play Bogart's with Thrice and Hardcore/Emo legends Hot Water Music on Saturday.
— Nathan Linville