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Coheed and Cambria

There's so much about Coheed and Cambria's work that cries out for ridicule, especially the '70s-art-rock-derived instrumental wankery and the skyscraping, get-your-Geddy-on vocals. Somehow, though, the act's latest release works in spite of itself. No World for Tomorrow represents the final chapter of "The Armory Wars," the epic tale of Claudio Kilgannon, who seeks to avenge the deaths of his parents, named (wait for it) Coheed and Cambria. Deep? Not so much. Fortunately, lyrics such as "Well, baby, be my lover/Go ahead and pull that trigger," from "Gravemakers and Gunslingers," are effective whether they advance the plot or not. Moreover, the technical skill at play throughout the aggressive title track and the closing suite, dubbed "The End Complete," outstrips just about anything else on the emo landscape. Granted, the concluding "On the Brink" is so melodramatic that it verges on the laughable — at least until a middle passage explosive enough to justify plenty of prior sins. The results are ridiculous, but right.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently oversees Westword's news blog.
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