One of the things I’m most excited for at this moment is the upcoming Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, and Russian Circles show in Charlotte, NC next month. Three outstanding and diverse bands in progressive rock music sharing a stage like this is the making of a near perfect show. Until last year, I wasn’t even considered a fan of headliners Coheed and Cambria, either. Their latest double album The Afterman was my gateway (although I liked IV previously), and now I’ve been listening to them almost non-stop. The Afterman: Descension will easily find itself among my best-of list of albums this year for sure.
The highlight of this record for me personally has to be the somber reflective ballad, ‘Dark Side of Me.’ The song carries a crushing emotional weight that causes the perfect tension in the album’s penultimate moments. It’s easy to see why the band chose this song as the single to push the hardest. Despite its safety as a radio single, it’s just a powerful and moving track, especially when you consider what’s going on in the album’s story. Speaking of which, we should be getting around to the *prognotes entry for Descension shortly.
The band has unveiled a new music video for the track, which can be seen below. I was hoping for a narrative story that follows the song’s concept, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection. Even still, the video is visually interesting for what is largely a performance video.
The Afterman: Descension is out now. You can check out our review of the record at this location.