The Afterman: Ascension
Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2012 Ratings: #628 / 928
User Score
Based on 15 ratings
October 9, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hundred Handed / Everything Evil / Label
Your Review



A relatively short yet overwhelmingly impressive, passionate venture that definitely eclipses its predecessor. 

A.V. Club

In dialing back and containing its ambition rather than letting it bleed all over the place, Sanchez and company have found what might be a surer way forward.

Consequence of Sound

After such profound progress in their Gilgamesh-like epic, the band can still surprise listeners by opening up more. 

No Ripcord

What we have here is a band that so desperately tried to make an album that was closer to their previous works that they failed to see the big picture of their current output.

Dec 21, 2017
It's album-building masters of mine in a brand new edition of mixing unpopular rock with pop appeal in it. They manage to put the messiest song in their discography ever (Can someone explain "Holly Wood the Cracked" to me?), but besides, they went as symphatic as possible. Subjective? Yes. Just like every single time.
Oct 19, 2012
Everything about this album works. Claudio and Travis' back and forth guitar riffing, Zach Cooper's driving basslines, and, most of all, the return of Josh Eppard and his groovy-ass drumming that gives the album that unique feel that Coheed had prior to his departure. The only legitimate problem with the album is that, with the release of part II so far away, this album will feel incomplete for a while. That being said, this album is the band's best album to date. Buy it ASAP.
Track List
  1. The Hollow 
  2. Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute 
  3. The Afterman 
  4. Mothers of Men 
  5. Goodnight, Fair Lady 
  6. Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked 
  7. Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher 
  8. Key Entity Extraction: IV: Evagria the Faithful 
  9. Subtraction

Added on: September 28, 2012