Release Date: Oct 5, 2018
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
A fluid collection of top-notch signature singles that espouses self-influence without self-indulgence. As with most of Coheed and Cambria's albums, it's difficult to find fault in their latest outing. The first in a new series of Amory Wars-based concept pieces that will somehow eventually relate to the tale of a creator who talks to his demented bicycle, The Unheavenly Creatures takes on the Colosseum-rattling chants of No World for Tomorrow, the pop hooks of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, the electronics of Year of the Black Rainbow, and some grim edge from From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. It's no shock that at this point in Coheed's career, their self-influence is readily apparent.
Coheed and Cambria's previous outing, 2015's Color Before the Sun, was a deeply personal outing based on Claudio Sanchez's life experience; the band's discography was based on the Amory Wars up to that point. With The Unheavenly Creatures, Sanchez resurrects and resumes the episodic quality of the sprawling prog metal sci-fi space opera. Virtually all the outings in the Amory Wars saga are noteworthy, but here Coheed and Cambria sound rejuvenated.