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Coheed and Cambria bring Prog Rock Back to the Norva with the Unheavenly Creatures Tour


Photo by Aaron Vitug

Vann Vitug | Staff Writer


Old school fans and longtime listeners united as Coheed and Cambria’s The Unheavenly Creatures Tour made its stop Tuesday evening at The Norva. The tour itself has given the band an opportunity to sport some songs from their newest EP, “Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures.”


Ultimately, the band was able to showcase a wide variety of songs that encompassed nearly their entire discography, with a small exception to the second Afterman record, “The Afterman: Descension.”


According to Claudio, “This tour has given us a real chance to play some new material as well as some old shit we haven’t played in a while.”


It’s been a long time since The Norva has been graced by frontman Claudio Sanchez’s luxurious mane; their last visit was back in 2015.


“It’s been a while since we’ve been down here,” Claudio said at one point, “Private meeting. Little something called the holidays.” The previous show the band had played was back in November of last year.


The crowd ignited as the band opened up with “The Dark Sentencer,” the first single off of their newest album, followed by “Three Evils” and “Unheavenly Creatures.” “Feathers” was one very rare treat for the fans as it was the first time the band had performed it live in half a decade.


Throughout the night, Claudio switched up guitars, increasing in flashiness, presumably to accommodate the vast range of their songs. At one point, Claudio even rocked a double neck Gibson guitar.


Their performance of “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” seemed to be the highest point of the show, preserving its role as a classic crowd pleaser as fans swayed with their fists in the air to the song’s trademark chants. This helped provide a jump off point for the live debut of the slow burning jam, “It Walks Among Us.” Another live debut included the hard rocker, “True Ugly.”


The band closed out their main set with another new song, “Old Flames,” the final single off of their newest album.


They came back with an encore set to a crowd chanting, “Two more songs,” obviously tipped off from the nature of the previous shows in the tour. However, instead of “Gravemakers and Gunslingers,” as they have previously opened their encore set with, they treated the crowd with “You’ve Got Spirit, Kid,” an upbeat banger from their 2015 album, “The Color of the Sun.”


The band closed off the set to the all time classic, “Welcome Home,” a song that skyrocketed their popularity back in the day with its inclusion in the first Rock Band game.


All in all, Coheed and Cambria proved that they still have the chops to rock a crowd with Claudio’s sheer vocal ability going strong into the late 2010’s. “I don't know how many times I've seen Coheed and Cambria,” one fan said, “but they did not disappoint tonight.”


Setlist:

The Dark Sentencer

Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)

Unheavenly Creatures

Feathers

Everything Evil

A Favor House Atlantic

The Gutter

World of Lines

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

It Walks Among Us

Mother May I

Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful

True Ugly

Old Flames


Encore:

You Got Spirit, Kid

Welcome Home

Mace & Crown

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