To celebrate their 10th anniversary, prog/punk rockers Coheed & Cambria played their first LP, 2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in its entirety last night at the Electric Factory. Adding some other tunes to the mix, meant the the upstate New York band played a rousing set that topped out at a whopping three hours.
The band's five-album discography has been entirely devoted to a single epic sci-fi story, The Amory Wars, penned by frontman Claudio Sanchez, who also produced accompanying comic book novelizations of his convoluted Heaven's Fence series.
By this point, after a decade of comics, graphic novels and concept albums, the sprawling soundscape epic involves dozens of characters and sideplots, but last night's enthusiastic crowd (who, at one point, busted out a spontaneous "Let's Go Flyers" chant, bless their hearts) seemed entirely focused on the band members themselves, the collective power of whom, lead some in the audience to openly sob.
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