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Concert Thu May 13 2010

Coheed and Cambria kick off your weekend


If you follow the hollowed advice of Ted Nugent like I do, then you're a true weekend warrior. And what does every warrior need? An epic theme song to headbang your way into the weekend of course.

Thankfully the perfect band for that soundtrack is rolling into town Friday night to provide you with ample amounts of over-the-top glam metal action. Coheed and Cambria bring their massive sound (and hair) to the Congress to promote their fifth studio album, Year of the Black Rainbow. The album follows the running Sci-fi story theme of all Coheed and Cambria albums, but this time Year of the Black Rainbow is a prequel to events from their debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade. The whole theme borrows from a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, and a deluxe edition of the new album actually comes with a 352 page novel co-authored by Sanchez. That's a lot of concept album for one band, and an impressive dedication to an ongoing theme.

Add together the somewhat nerdy storyline, a blistering howl of vocals, and a high count of behind the neck guitar solos and you've got Coheed and Cambria in a nutshell. It's loud, it's flourished, and it's fun. It's not stand against the wall music. It's epic anthem of metal and rock glory. And If you head out to the show, be prepared to pump your fist in the air and get a bit sweaty. Moshing is acceptable. So is a decent air guitar solo. And make sure to wear your hair down. You'll want it headbang ready.

Coheed and Cambria play the Congress Theater with Circa Survive, Friday May 14th. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are $29. To get a taste of them live, check out their bombastic closer from their Coachella set of "Welcome Home" with the USC marching band backing them below.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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