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Title - 'In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3' [Vinyl]
Artist - Coheed and Cambria

For those not aware, American progressive rock band, Coheed and Cambria - from Nyack, New York, and formed in 1995 - only release concept albums. Albums that tell a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. Indeed, these albums have been transcribed into a series of comic books, as well as a full-length novel!

To date the band has released seven studio albums, three live albums, and several special-edition releases. But after an 11 year wait, the bands landmark second studio album is now being reissued in three (3) unique pressings.

More on that later, as this album deserves to get fully discussed. It was originally released on vinyl on October 7th, 2003 through Equal Vision Records. It was recorded at Applehead Recording, Woodstock, New York and produced by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner.

As noted above, but detailed more now, In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 is the third installment (but second studio album released) of a tetralogy about the ongoing saga of the Keywork in The Amory Wars. The Amory Wars is also the name of the graphic novel series written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez that details the events foretold in greater detail. There are three notable singles on this album: 'A Favor House Atlantic,' 'Blood Red Summer' and the title track, 'In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3.'

Highlight moments, for me at least, include the amazing concert favorite title track, `In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,' which at eight minutes in length is still one of Coheed's most impressive songs to date. Other highlights include the fierce `The Crowing,' and all three sections of `The Velorium Camper.'

It is very easy to get "lost" in this music. To listen and get transported to wherever it is that they are singing and playing from. In one song, the title track, it is easy to picture the war that they are singing about: "Man your battle stations! we'll have you dead pretty soon. Man your battle stations! We'll have you home pretty soon."

I mean, without a shadow of a doubt, this is still today a highly accomplished epic of a masterpiece. The musicianship is tight and complex, but never detracts from the songwriting. In fact, the band has a strong pop sensibility, which balances out nicely with the prog that ebbs and flows throughout.

The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 and has today sold over 500,000 copies and is RIAA certified Gold. Indeed, Entertainment Weekly described it as being one of the top five key albums in the new prog genre.

Now reissued and remastered from the original analog master tapes, this 2014 vinyl will be offered to fans in three (3) distinctive configurations: a 180g 2 LP audiophile pressing (this one I've reviewed for you here today), a limited edition 'Neverender IKSEE: 3' Tour edition tan splatter 2 LP (available exclusively at each tour stop), and a special Direct 2 Fan grey swirl splatter 2 LP (available only on: