Actively touring in support of their first studio album outside the famed ‘The Armory Wars’ concept series, which has been embraced by the band over seven of their current catalog of eight records, Coheed and Cambria found themselves before a full house of dedicated listeners during their recent performance at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.
The band’s ongoing tour in support of ‘The Color Before The Sun’ features support from Silver Snakes, alternative rockers I The Mighty, and post-grunge unit Glassjaw. Certainly the abrasive approach of Glassjaw and the more active rock techniques of I The Mighty and Silver Snakes made for quite the interesting lineup, and yet the energetic crowd flooded on the venue’s standing room floor ate up this combination without hesitation.
All the better, as the members of Coheed and Cambria took their positions on the stage cloaked among the fog and blinding lights that accompanied the acoustic number “Ghost,” before kicking things into full motion with the intensity of “In Keep Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” – an energetic hard rock anthem, most readily known among dedicated listeners for the melodic hooks in the chorus. “Man your own jackhammer/ Man your battle stations,” lead vocalist and guitarist Claudio Sanchez declared, almost overwhelmed by the crowd response.
Without exaggeration, the audience participation level was among record levels during this performance at the Hard Rock Live; nearly the entire crowd was moving over the course of the show, screaming along with Sanchez and belting out the guitar harmonies, similar to that of Iron Maiden‘s audience captured on their ‘En Vivo!’ live presentation.
While the epic track names to songs such as “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant” and “A Favor House Atlantic” may very well have lacked the short-and-sweet titles that the disc jockeys tend to center around, Coheed and Cambria’s musical prowess was compelling, with a bold light show to boot. Massive LED arrangements provided a choice setting during the rowdy “You Got Spirit, Kid,” which was lit up with the phrase uttered by Claudio during the chorus: “’Cause Nobody Gives a Fuck Who You Are.” Orlando was right on their game, waving their middle fingers around with a vulgar pride that only teen angst can provide.
When that distinctive double neck guitar is brought out only as the final song of the encore begins to echo out through the speakers, even the most casual of listener was aware what was already in the pipeline. “Welcome Home,” a modern day “Kashmir”-meets-alternative masterwork, closed off a memorable evening which kept fans dancing, yelling and thrashing well past this midnight show. Bracketed by choice selections from ‘The Color Before The Sun,’ an album that’s appropriately distinctive even minus the expansive storyline, Coheed and Cambria delivered.
Coheed and Cambria Setlist 3.11.16 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Blood Red Summer
Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
A Favor House Atlantic
Here to Mars
The Hard Sell
No World for Tomorrow
Peace to the Mountain
You Got Spirit, Kid