The Afterman: Descension

Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Descension
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #778 / 1089
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2013 Ratings: #270
Liked by 5 people
February 5, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hundred Handed / Label
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The Afterman: Descension, with its accessible lyrics and eclectic bag of styles, goes a long way to reverse this slide into mediocrity.


There’s nothing much astoundingly new in ‘The Afterman: Descension’. There are some incredible songs, and almost every one has a moment where the band show just why they have the fervent following they do. 

Consequence of Sound

The Afterman: Descension will keep old fans happy, but it won’t be gaining new ones.


Although there’s an undeniable sense of sameness throughout, repeated listenings reveal enough appealing and impressive nuances to make the record very worthwhile. 

No Ripcord

By playing it safe and giving the fans exactly what they want, Coheed & Cambria have successfully delivered two of the most predictable, mundane albums I’ve ever heard.


It's the expected stuff from Coheed and Cambria, but "Descension" closes off the two "Afterman" albums with some of the best and most aggressive performances from Claudio and crew to date!

Fav Tracks: Gravity's Union, Sentry The Defiant, Number City, The Hard Sell, Away We Go, Iron Fist, 2's My Favorite 1

Least Fav Track: Dark Side Of Me



If Ascension was the blissful pop ballad filled brother to this record, then this is the angry, brooding, hateful and rage-filled other half, and my god is it fantastic. If your in the know with Coheed and Cambria, then you'll love this record, however if your new to the band, then this aint the place to start. It's exciting, fun and damned entertaining, with gloriously distorted riffs and some of Claudio Sanchez best vocal work. Strap yourself in and take a journey into the heart of the ... read more


There's not a lot I have to say about Descension. It's well-structured, well-done, and the music is very good. Predictably C&C, but it's good nonetheless. With repeat listens, it may wither a bit, but on first listen, it's very enjoyable. There's nothing groundbreaking or fresh here to attract a lot of new fans or win over detractors, but for Coheed and Cambria fans, this is likely to be quite a fulfilling listen.

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Track List

  1. Pretelethal
  2. Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant
  3. The HardSell
  4. Number City
  5. Gravity's Union
  6. Away We Go
  7. Iron Fist
  8. Dark Side Of Me
  9. 2's My Favorite 1
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Added on: February 4, 2013