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Live Review

Coheed And Cambria and Glassjaw return to play London’s O2 Forum

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

“As far as I see it, this band isn’t ours. It’s yours,” announces Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez. The band are finishing night three of three on their UK run following the release of last year’s ‘The Colour Before The Sun’ – and to a sold out London O2 Forum, songs from comic book scenes and sci-fi realms are witness to the Coheed And Cambria’s remarkable cult following.

Hardly an easy job opening for two of the most influential progressive rock bands of the last decade, Crooks make a fine effort of filling the room with their poignant hardcore-punk. Frontman Josh Rogers’ solemnly cathartic stage presence is enough to win over tonight’s crowd, a feat in itself given the line-up. Rogers’ repetitive “thank you”s to the 02 Forum don’t lose their sincerity.

The air of excitement to see Glassjaw is reflected in the calming confidence of Daryl Palumbo and co., who tonight look at ease with themselves. The Long Island, New York band are quick and to the point, launching into the peaks of their back catalogue spanning almost two decades of intrinsic post-hardcore. Before you’re ready for it, Palumbo and the new incarnation of Glassjaw settle for the night.

Coheed And Cambria have rounded science fiction, comic books and shredding guitar licks into a lengthy and healthy career. In the wake of the release of their eighth studio album, their spirit remains untouched and nor does their following. “For anyone who’s been dragged along here by their friend,” Claudio Sanchez discloses, “we’re a band called Coheed And Cambria,” before taking a trip into their next song. “Welcome Home”, “A Favor House Atlantic”, “You’ve Got Spirit, Kid” are a warming reminder of their importance to pop-laden, riffy pop-rock. An entity which they will continue to maintain in proportions as large as their songs.