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Coheed And Cambria live review - The Forum, London

Live Review

Venue: Kentish Town 02 Forum, London

Coheed And Cambria get spirited in London

It’s a fairly interminable wait for the headliners tonight while mewithoutYou and La Dispute dish out an unappealing blend of post-hardcore and shrill emo hysterics. Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute bounces around the stage like a toddler overdosing on Ritalin but has no clue how to sing. Never mind that he couldn’t carry a tune in a suitcase, he’s constantly out of breath, reducing his delivery to an unintelligible stream of disconnected syllables.

In a time when too many vocalists mistake screaming for passion, and there are so many growling frontmen who all sound so similar as to be indistinguishable, Coheed And Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez stands alone as a glorious throwback to the age of great rock singers. He has power, range and, best of all, a sound uniquely his own, all of which are put front and centre in the opening number, Ghost, performed by Sanchez on acoustic guitar and Travis Stever on electric.

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