Concert Review: Coheed and Cambria at Webster Hall

Coheed and Cambria 2012

Photo courtesy of TheAudioPerv.com

As you may have known from my tweet yesterday, progressive-rock band Coheed and Cambria live streamed their sold out show at Webster Hall last night on the internet.

The band just released their new album, The Afterman: Ascension on Tuesday.  It is part one of a double album, with The Afterman: Descension scheduled to be released in February.  Ascension is Coheed’s newest release since 2010’s Year of The Black Rainbow.

Coheed and Cambria's The Afterman: Ascension

The Afterman: Ascension album cover.
Design by: Heidi Taillefer

The band took the stage at 8:30 pm EST and performed for about an hour and 40 minutes.  They played a wide variety of songs from all of their studio albums, including five new tracks from Ascension.

They opened the set with two straightforward rockers from No World For Tomorrow, before giving the fans a flashback to their debut album with ‘Everything Evil.’  Lead singer Claudio Sanchez stepped away from the mic and let the fans sing the opening lines of each verse, allowing for some great crowd interaction.

I viewed this concert as a way for Coheed to show all of their fans their current lineup.  Bassist Zach Cooper is a new addition, since Michael Todd was removed from the band in August 2011 after being charged with armed robbery.  Fan favorite Josh Eppard is back behind the drums after leaving the lineup for the past two album cycles.  So I thought this performance was a great way for the band to show their current line-up in a live setting to all of their fans.

Cooper and Eppard both provided vocals during the high energy set.  Eppard looked like he couldn’t be happier to be back in the band and his drumming showed that he was ready to give it his all now that he resumed his position.

Sanchez seemed to have some technical issues with his microphone, which would become unexpectedly quiet, or cut out all together at times.  But the fans did not miss a beat and helped fill in the vocal silences with their own voices.  The crowd showed great enthusiasm while Coheed played through their new tracks.  And they were very willing to help out with the ‘Oh ohhs’ in ‘Blood Red Summer.’

The frontman repeatedly used the breaks in between songs to thank the audience for their support, and explained how proud he was of the band’s new album.

Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria

Photo credit: Carly Carioli

One really cool part of the show was when Coheed performed the song ‘Sentry The Defiant.’  This is a song that will be included on the second half of the new album, but has only been released so far as a video of Sanchez performing it acoustically on YouTube.  And yet, a large portion of the crowd knew all the words and sang along.  I thought that was amazing and it really shows how huge interaction through social media is today.

The band returned for their encore, Sanchez with his hair down covering his face, and began with the eight-minute-long latest single, ‘Domino the Destitute.’  They ripped through Domino and gave another flashback to their early days with ‘A Favor House Atlantic.’  Fans knew what to expect when Sanchez dawned his double-neck guitar and played the opening notes to ‘Welcome Home.’ They ended the set with an extended version of the closer to their third album, ‘The Final Cut.’
This performance showed that Coheed and Cambria are as strong as ever.  They have what may be their best line-up yet, and just off the heels of releasing their new album.  I will be seeing them in

person on Tuesday in Cleveland, and I thought this show was a great warm up for that.  I am really excited to see all of these songs live.

If you missed the show live, you can still watch the recording on LiveStream’s website here.
If you have not purchased the new album yet, you can get it on iTunes or order it from Amazon, as well as in stores.

Setlist:

  1. No World for Tomorrow
  2. Gravemakers and Gunslingers
  3. Everything Evil
  4. Key Entity Extraction II: Hollywood the Cracked
  5. Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood and Burial)
  6. The Afterman
  7. The Suffering
  8. Mother Superior
  9. Sentry the Defiant
  10. Blood Red Summer
  11. Goodnight, Fair Lady
  12. In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

Encore:

  1. Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
  2. A Favor House Atlantic
  3. Welcome Home
  4. The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut

What did you guys think of the performance?  And more importantly, what do you think of the new album!?  Let me know in the comments!

If you are interested in seeing the band live, here are a list of their tour dates!  Will I be seeing anybody at the House of Blues on Tuesday?

If you have never seen them perform before, here is a video of them playing the title track off The Afterman for Purevolume.com:

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