Coheed and Cambria – Gig Review 10th May @ Max Watts, Brisbane

Coheed And Cambria
Max Watt’s, Brisbane
May 10th, 2016
Supported by Closure In Moscow


Closure in Moscow  came out tonight playing one hell of an opening set with lead singer Christopher de Cinque wearing the gaudiest jacket a human being has ever laid eyes upon. Questionable fashion choices aside, their infectious and one could say sensual groove orientated music wins them more than a few fans tonight – leaving everyone sufficiently warmed for the main attraction.

Coming back after a three year hiatus, Coheed and Cambria have left their heady prog space epic behind in favour of a more personal affair this time around. Relying heavily on their new album The Colour before the Sun and peppering the set with songs from their illustrious back catalogue. They are greeted with rapturous applause as the lights dim and Claudio Sanchez the front-man whose hair growth is in direct correlation to his song writing skills – comes out armed with an acoustic guitar, launching the crowd into the keywork with the opener ‘Ghost’.

The full band quickly come out and move straight into ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’ which turns the crowd into a frenzied mass of bodies and sing-alongs which reaches fever-pitch in the songs second half with every person in the room chanting the now iconic “woah” section of the song.

There’s not a single stumble tonight with songs like ‘Island’ and ‘Here to Mars’ being greeted with the same reverence as seminal fan-favourites such as ‘A Devil in Jersey City’ and ‘Blood Red Summer’. The energy only increasing as the mass of bodies in the pit only increases in size and urgency and my own voice becomes hoarse from singing every word.

The mix is surprisingly on point tonight as well, which helps as the band don’t do any talking except for a brief moment in which Claudio confirms that they won’t be doing any talking. Letting the songs speak for themselves.

The best song is saved for last – Claudio strapping his twelve-string guitar upon his body; making the crowd lose their literal shit as the first notes of ‘Welcome Home’ resonate throughout the venue and into the bodies of every person here . The pit a profusion of flying limbs, as the colossal riff rends the world in half – sending everybody to Heaven’s Fence.

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Blood Red Summer
Devil in Jersey City
Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
A Favor House Atlantic
Here to Mars
The Hard Sell
No World for Tomorrow
The Crowing
Peace to the Mountain
You Got Spirit, Kid
Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood and Burial)
Welcome Home

By Kaydan Howison