When they hit it big, you might as well still be in another galaxy.
Label: 300 Entertainment
Released: 2nd October 2015
When you’ve spent years exploring fantastical realms of science fiction like that of the Amory Wars, perhaps the scariest next turn is more than returning to earth, but removing the characters altogether. ‘The Color Before the Sun’ sees Claudio Sanchez’s thoughts and feelings told through music, his bold declaration that Coheed won’t limit themselves to just exploring the universe and other such pursuits, but can make it personal.
In crash-landing back to the home planet, it’s proven difficult to let some elements go fully, but that’s not really a bad thing. Certain times still seem otherworldly and huge, then there’s the lyricism that’s firmly rooted in space: “You’re my everything from here to Mars”.
‘Eraser’ is punchy, ‘Colors’ is an airy lullaby, where ‘Ghost’ is quite sombre. In scrutinising the person, the lyrics take a new centre-stage and many songs are toned down almost in reflection of the experience being dealt with. While they’re firmly grounded, they’ve still got the knack for epic songs, with ‘Atlas’ driving the sing-alongs and ‘You Got Spirit, Kid’ bringing a real punch to their infectious triumph. They’ve moved to topics from regrets and feeling out of place in one’s youth to adoration, attempting to let go and move on, become free.
It’s like after years of being tour guides to other worlds they’ve though, ‘Well, it’s about time you knew me a bit better’, and Claudio guides you through his life, wrapped in Coheed’s well constructed songs. A lot of them simmer along, reflecting the personal, almost vulnerable, lyricism at hand, but when they hit it big you might as well still be in another galaxy. Heather McDaid