They came, they saw, they conquered. Coheed and Cambria, the popular progressive rock band from New York was heavy, hard-hitting and entertaining in their return to Tulsa before a sold-out Cain’s Ballroom crowd on Friday night.
Sludge metal band Torche from Miami, Florida got the party started as the crowd slowly filed into the building. Next on the bill was progressive rock group Circa Survive, who was making their first appearance in Tulsa in five years. Lead singer Anthony Green joked about the ‘statute of limitations being up’ since the band’s last visit.
Coheed and Cambria opened with One from their new album Year of the Black Rainbow and commanded the audience’s attention from the beginning. In total the group played eight songs from their latest release, as they went from One directly into The Broken and following with Here We are Juggernaut to open the set.
Other Year of the Black Rainbow songs played include World of Lines, Made Out of Nothing (All that I Am), Pearl of the Stars, Guns of Summer and Far. The remainder of the set came from songs off each of the band’s four previous albums.
Coheed’s distinct sound, led by singer Claudio Sanchez’s unmistakable voice provided an undeniable energy that at the very least had you stomping your feet. The group took no time off during the show, moving directly out of one song and into another. Sanchez was remarkable, as he patrolled the stage with his trademark hair while providing a voice that sounded remarkably similar to the recorded versions of the songs.
The hour and a half long set was followed up with a three-song encore. The group returned to the stage amid a roar of approval from the crowd to perform Far, Welcome Home and 21:13 before calling it quits for the night.
Photos by: Kevin Pyle
The show was not flashy, with the only extras being some smoke, a few flashing lights and an occasional strobe. However, Coheed and Cambria did not need anything other than their music to please their loyal fans. Friday night was purely about the music, and the music spoke LOUDLY.