Rockers back in Singapore with their latest album: Afterman
By Kiat Tan Wei Jie & Emillio Rodrigues and photos by Kiat Tan Wei Jie
“Please make up your mind girl, before I hope you die.” The voice of lead vocalist of Coheed & Cambria, Claudio Sanchez, echoed throughout The Coliseum as the fans screamed their final farewell to the band.
Touring to promote their latest two-part album, The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension, Coheed & Cambria landed on our shores along with special guests Circa Survive to bring us a night of screams, squeals and sick guitar riffs. No doubt, the fans gathered at The Coliseum, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Resorts World Sentosa are in for a hell of a night.
Circa Survive kick-started the set with “Strange Terrain”, in which the crowd went wild. Frontman Anthony Green did not disappoint as he performed his usual antics of prancing around the stage and caressing the microphone with joy, charming the crowd with his pitch-perfect vocals. The band performed songs off their latest album, Violent Waves – with “The Difference between Medicine and Poison Is In the Dose” and “Get Out” inciting the most screams and chants.
Following Anthony Green’s lone energetic performance up front, Coheed & Cambria took the stage with soaring expectations. Their experience as a veteran band was evident from the start. They began with “No World for Tomorrow” and “A Favor House Atlantic”, singing their hits with sheer composure and rousing the crowd into a state of ecstasy. Claudio Sanchez’s mane was a sight to behold, thrashing from side to side with the rhythmic chants from the fans as the band continued to serenade the crowd. The concert ended on a high with “Welcome Home”, a fan-favorite.
The hype of progressive rock has died down since its heyday but Coheed & Cambria are keeping the flame alive. The lyrics of “Welcome Home” and “The Afterman” are still ringing in our heads and for those couple of hours – they were all that mattered.