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“The Last Supper: Live At Hammerstein Ballroom” by Coheed and Cambria

Artist: Coheed & Cambria
Title: “The Last Supper: Live At Hammerstein Ballroom”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

The new DVD from Coheed & Cambria’s is a great way to catch up on what you might have been missing from this band for it seems that they are growing in popularity rapidly. They are also reaching fans of all ages with their interesting blend of Melodic and slightly Progressive Hard Rock as opposed to finding themselves locked into one key demographic. In May of 2006, the group performed to a sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and now, only five months later, deliver a DVD of this show which allows those that missed out to enjoy it while those who attended are able to relive it once again. Its admirable since so many bands take forever to release their live DVD’s and yet here is C&C who prove that this can be done if you want to. This modern Rock group led by Claudio Sanchez (vocals/guitar) is sometimes compared to bands like Rush and Dream Theater based on their being more technically proficient than many of the current mainstream bands that are heaped upon us. Claudio’s voice is high in register and this leads to the Geddy Lee reference I suppose. Personally, I disagree with the two comparisons but one can definitely see where they come from when watching this DVD. One also can see that the band truly can play as while Claudio does his thing both drummer Josh Eppard and lead guitarist Travis Steever are ripping it up as Michael Todd holds it all together. The players are good but no Neil Peart or Alex Leifson. This makes them much more interesting and is clearly something that is a refreshing change for the younger fan base who must deal with the levels of sludge tossed at them by some of the music providers of today.
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