Live Review: Coheed and Cambria — Fox Theater, Pomona
Wed, 05 May 2010 09:14:03
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Coheed and Cambria stretch the very limits of rock 'n' roll itself on their current headline tour in support of Year of the Black Rainbow.
Their show last night at The Fox Theater in Pomona could've been a big budget blockbuster it so epically entertaining. Unlike most studio flicks though, Coheed and Cambria tell a thought-provoking story with each song. This current tour sees the band marrying vibrant visuals and their intricate, intriguing and inspiring prog like never before. This is the right album for the band to create the ultimate stage show too. In fact, Year of the Black Rainbow could very well be the convergence point of Metallica's Master of Puppets and Rush's 2112 it's so metallically masterful and melodic.
Coheed took the stage to Rainbow's intro track "One" with an ominous thud and slow, tense build. Suddenly, they snapped right into "The Broken," striking with a direct, deadly riff assault. Frontman Claudio Sanchez ferociously ripped through the song's polyrhythmic stomp on his guitar, while flawlessly carrying a massive, forlorn hook. Claudio came to life like a superhero—storming the stage, running back and forth and playing with every inch of his soul. This was all on the first song of the nearly two-hour set too…
"Here We Are Juggernaut" proved why Coheed are prog's saviors. Coupling mindblowing drum fireworks from Chris Pennie with Claudio and Travis Stever's tandem wall of distortion, the song feels heavy and heavenly all at once. The chorus bristled with an undeniable energy as everybody in the packed theater sang along as loud as possible. "Here We Are Juggernaut" has a serious pop prowess with Coheed's prog genius just below the surface and, in many ways, it's the best representation of the band. "Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am)" continued that tradition also prompting massive cheers with its overpowering refrain. Claudio continued circling the front of the stage as a host of videos played behind the band on a giant white screen. From visions of a huge walking skeleton to witches on "Everything Evil," the cinematic elements of the show created an all-immersive atmosphere. Inside this spacey, dreamy world, Coheed reigned supreme especially when they kicked into the heavy classics like "The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer" and "Time Consumer."
"Guns and Summer" roared and rolled with a succinct buildup and pure explosion on the bridge. Fueled by Pennie's masterful drumming, the song emanated technical brilliance live. Coheed showed just how diverse they could get on "Pearl of the Stars" though. Claudio donned an acoustic guitar and slowly plucked an ethereal intro before taking the entire audience for a cruise through outer space.
"In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" flashed with a pulsating pummeling, while "Far" brought audiences closer to the band than ever before.
At one point, Claudio exclaimed, "It means a lot to us to see all of you."
With how tight and epic the show was, that was clear. Studios should take note; this is how you put on a real show…