Coheed and Cambria is a band that has been able to reinvent their sound throughout the years. A band with a concept behind their music, they began as an amalgamation between heavy metal and the hardcore scene of the late 90s, though their sound can never truly claim to be in one genre or the other since it, at times, transcends both. The band would truly come into their own on their sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, which was released in 2003 on a limited run of different colored vinyl combinations. And for years, diehard fans could only get their hands on a copy if they were willing to cough up the hundreds of dollars on eBay.
Fast forward nine years, and the band has seven albums under their belt, along with a tour during which they would play the now adored album in its entirety. And thanks to this tour, fans are able to get a chance at listening to the LP on vinyl for their second time.
In keeping with the science fiction concept of the band, the album begins with “The Ring in Return,” a short intro that includes what sounds like a starship passing overhead. This transfers into the hard rock powerhouse that is the album’s eponymous track. The band comes in full force, crafting a song that takes a journey from subtle guitar parts to a crushing chorus. The album continues its musical complexity later on into “The Crowing.” Beginning with an inhuman shriek, the track rolls on into syncopated riffs, showcasing the progressive rock influences in a virtuosic breakdown midway through the song. A powerhouse of musical prowess that illustrates the band’s variety is “The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer.” This song has an ominous guitar riff that underscores the verses, only to be contrasted with a catchy, sing-along chorus.
The record was played on an AT-LP120-USB turntable.
The record sounds more polished with the levels more equalized than the original release, but manages to hold onto the sound that made 2003 Coheed so special. The rhythm guitar tones are more clear while still maintaining their crunchiness, and the kick drum hits are more pronounced, helping to punctuate Josh Eppard’s fills and keeping the mix from being taken over by the crash cymbals. Pops were few and far between making for a nice listening experience. Though it must be said, there are reports of some copies of the “Direct To Fan” gray version having skips and warping on the records.
The records are presented in a double gatefold jacket with lyrics on the record sleeves. The original pressings in 2003 just came with white paper sleeves, while the reissue has more of the internal CD art on the alternative sides of the sleeves.
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was pressed on “Direct To Fan” gray swirl vinyl from the Coheed online store, and black 180-gram vinyl. There was also a limited “Neverender IKSSE: 3” tour edition tan splatter double LP that was only available at the band’s tour stops, which recently wrapped up. The gray swirl is a little more like a splatter, but the records look great nonetheless.
The remastered version of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 takes a spectacular album and makes it even better. The more sturdy packaging and limited release of the gray variant is a nice touch, while still leaving the option for a black version for those who are sure to give the album quite a bit of play. Though, the reports of defective copies do cast a bit of a shadow on the gray swirl. This was truly something fans had been lusting after for a long time and it is nice to see a band listen and respond in such a way with an excellent product.
“In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,” “The Crowing,” and “The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer”
The black 180-gram double LP version can still be purchased at Amazon for $34.99.