Rolling Stone (No. 985, p.78) - 3 out of 5 stars - "Coheed and Cambria's devotion to prog-rock complexity and Dungeons and Dragons fantasia is so over-the-top it's damn near awe-inspiring...."
CMJ (No. 903, p.8) - "Stuffed with atmospheric synths, string swells and acoustic ballads...Coheed's unapologetic love of prg-rock excess and technical prowess should please the band's oft-obsessive fanbase."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Sanchez's grand vision is realised via a blend of prog rock, old-school heavy metal and modern emo..."
Ambition has never been a problem for Coheed & Cambria, but with GOOD APOLLO, I'M BURNING STAR IV..., the upstate New York progressive-metal quartet has succeeded in topping its already-adventurous previous outings. While extending its sonic reach, however, Coheed & Cambria has also hit new heights of accessibility, often sounding like a kinder, gentler Mars Volta, with soaringly melodic moments peeking through billowing, dense clouds of driving guitars and breakneck rhythms.
The group eases into GOOD APOLLO with a moody orchestral opening ("Keeping the Blade") and a deceptively benevolent acoustic track ("Always & Never"), before launching into the blisteringly heavy "Welcome Home." As always, frontman Claudio Sanchez carries the dynamic songs, belting out strangely narrative lyrics in his high, clear voice. Although Coheed & Cambria has been loosely categorized as an "emo" band, here the ensemble fully outgrows that tag, joining an elite company of inventive metal acts (like the aforementioned Mars Volta) that are determined to challenge and fascinate listeners.
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