Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures

Coheed and Cambria - Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #185 / 876
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2018 Ratings: #423
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

This is interesting, because it turns out that The Unheavenly Creatures pulls back from the mild sonic experimentation of The Color Before the Sun and drills down into exactly what makes Coheed and Cambria work best as a band.

80
AllMusic
Virtually all the outings in the Amory Wars saga are noteworthy, but here Coheed and Cambria sound rejuvenated.
80
Sputnikmusic

Now as much as I liked The Color Before the Sun, Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures: The Prequel [UPDATED] [COLOURISED] is the band back on their shit because they recall the advantage in being utterly ridiculous; voice acting straight out of Halo has given way to an eight-minute guitar workout before you've barely registered how awfully good the cover art is.

80
Metal Hammer
Fans of the band’s more proggy soundscapes will also doubtless be pleased that the return of the narrative structure has led to some of the more complex elements of Coheed’s sound reappearing.
75
Metal Injection
It cements how relevant, idiosyncratic, and cherishable Coheed and Cambria remains.
70
Exclaim!
If the elements at play feel pretty familiar for Coheed and Cambria, there's a fresh energy imbued in these songs to keep it all feeling lively.
ZachLlor
82

Best Coheed album in a while, that's for sure. One of my favorite albums this year, too.

Plats
79

C&C brings us back to the “Amory Wars” storyline on “The Unheavenly Creatures”. The bizarre romance plot is interesting and the riffs, hooks and vocals from Claudio Sanchez are all pleasing to the ears as usual. But there’s only so much you can do when you’ve been repeating the same formula for over 16 years and at 79 minutes, this is the band’s most bloated record to date.

Fav Tracks: The Gutter, The Dark Sentencer, True Ugly, Unheavenly ... read more

AnalVape
78

Rock powerhouse Coheed and Cambria return to the Amory Wars saga with The Unheavenly Creatures.

Coheed and Cambria have been a band for a pretty long while now. Since ’95, originally under the name Shabutie. In 2000, Shabutie was now Coheed and Cambria, releasing songs based on lead vocalist and guitarist Claudio Sanchez’s science fiction comics. It doesn’t get more nerdy and prog than that. They released The Second Stage Turbine Blade in 2002, followed by In Keeping Secrets ... read more

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Track List

  1. Prologue
  2. The Dark Sentencer
  3. Unheavenly Creatures
  4. Toys
  5. Black Sunday
  6. Queen of the Dark
  7. True Ugly
  8. Love Protocol
  9. The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
  10. Night-Time Walkers
  11. The Gutter
  12. All On Fire
  13. It Walks Among Us
  14. Old Flames
  15. Lucky Stars

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Added on: October 2, 2018