Concert report: Coheed and Cambria at House of Blues, September 3

Coheed and Cambria brought its unique storyline to the House of Blues on Tuesday.
Chris Bitonti

The House of Blues is a packed frenzy of fans Tuesday night, dispelling any chance of a post-Labor Day hangover. If anything, it feels more like a Saturday in here. Coheed and Cambria is the clear headliner, but Circa Survive commands the crowd during its opening set, with falsetto frontman Anthony Green even chastising fans for clapping during one song.

The continuing Coheed saga, now seven albums long, frequently goes unnoticed by mainstream pop culture, but the band has a legion of die-hard fans—of both its music and graphic novels—and the group jams with high spirits and high expectations for a live journey through the Amory Wars.

The hour-and-a-half set is comprised of favorites like “A Favor House Atlantic,” “Mother Superior” and “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,” and closes with “Welcome Home.” Coheed also pulls heavily from new two-part double-album “The Afterman,” interweaving songs with an ominous space shuttle command voice invoking 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Sonically, the band is sharp and tight. Its metal-influenced rock incites a decent pit on the floor, and the recently reshuffled lineup sounds as fresh as ever, though singer Claudio Sanchez’s vocals are buried pretty deep in the mix, perhaps intentionally.

It’s a fun show, scaled down from Coheed and Cambria’s previous stop in town (at the Joint three years ago), with tonight’s smaller venue only adding to the intensity of the performance.

  • “This record has very little insecurity. It was a blast to make, and it’s really fun to play live.”

  • Anyone who discovered COC at the band’s popular height should be satisfied with this effective return to the familiar.

  • Bassist Nate Brenner partners with leader Merrill Garbus for an approachable and dancey record.

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