Released in 2007.
I know the album as “No World For Tomorrow” (from here on in, it will be referred as “NWFT”) but its official title is “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow”. Another serious challenge to the length of Meatloaf’s song titles.
“NWFT” is the album that brought the story of Coheed and Cambria and their son Claudio to an end. Well that is what we as fans suspect, as no official story book or comic has been released, but in May 2020, Claude Sanchez announced that a story release for “NWFT” is in the works.
From a legacy perspective, after the “NWFT” album, we got a prequel story of how Wilhelm became the Emperor, an origin story of Sirius discovering “The Keywork”, an album not tied to the story at all and a new story post “NWFT”.
Changes in personnel happened for this album as well, with the previous drummer Josh Eppard departing and replaced by Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters for the album recording.
An ominous acoustic guitar arpeggio riff with an emotive vocal kicks off the album.
Purge these days
Will we accept the things we must?
The world will now learn of change to come, or no world
From reading about the story, Claudio has accepted that he is The Crowing, and as The Writer said on the previous album, all things must burn. Sort of like the Mad King in “Game Of Thrones”, “Burn em all”.
Accept the change, or there will be no world.
After 80 seconds the song ends.
“No World For Tomorrow”
And the iconic riff of NWFT starts. It’s a leaner and heavier “Welcome Home”.
“Bye, bye world, or will our hope still hold on?”
It’s dark as it deals with the end of the main character’s world.
“The Hound (of Blood and Rank)”
It starts off with a “Baba O’Reily” meets “Pinball Wizard” synth.
I know CoCa fans will hate it when I say this, but the start of this song reminds me of “Fallen Angel” from Poison.
It’s one of their most underrated and forgotten tracks.
“The Running Free”
It’s those major key pop punk songs that Coheed and Cambria do so well.
The single note acoustic guitar riff with ringing notes kicks off this ballad like song. It was actually a piano riff to begin with.
How good is the emotional vocal melody especially in the Chorus?
“Gravemakers and Gunslingers”
This one is hard rock all the way with the guitars smacking you awake.
“Justice in Murder”
The harmony guitars to kick off the song. Stick around for the interlude/solo section from 3 minutes in.
Then begins the highlight of the album, “The End Complete”, divided into five sections with a total running time of around 24 minutes.
“The Fall of House Atlantic”
The first is a short orchestral song built on a Spanish Flamenco guitar riff and syncopated drums/vocals chants, coming across as an orchestral hit.
“Radio Bye Bye”
The second is a short pop rock song, more Queen like.
“The End Complete”
The third has it all, heavy riffs, a great hook, some mellow moments, and the whoas from “In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth” come back in.
“The Road and the Damned”
The fourth is a short one. More Coldplay and The Verve like with the violin synths.
And that Guitar melody in the Chorus. Classic Rock Pentatonic perfection.
“On The Brink”
The fifth ends the album. It begins soft, with backwards music playing and a Dave Gilmour like lead.
And then it gets heavy.
The vocals are chanting “Hail” and all of this is followed by an ear piercing scream. This one is more Pink Floyd like, like a forgotten track from “The Wall”
Check it out.
P.S. In a tragedy of epic proportions, I cannot locate my CD of NWFT. Too many House moves and too many misplaced boxes. I’m hoping the book release they have planned will be packaged nicely with the album included.
I also haven’t mentioned the debut album “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” so far, because I don’t have it and have been waiting for a definitive edition to come out so I can purchase.
Onto “The Year Of The Black Rainbow” next.