Coheed And Cambria Rolls Again For Maximum Hit Points In The Worst Album Cover Of The Year Race

jharv | October 5, 2007 2:10 am

Being a fancy-ass, unicorn-loving, falsetto-abusing, utterly shameless neo-prog band that sounds “like Great White with added helium” (c. Maura), I am sure there is some serious dungeon master reasoning behind this cover–the full title is Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No Word For Tomorrow, which at least fits the late-’70s Del Rey sci-fi paperback vibe Coheed and Cambria’s working here–but unless some hardcore fan wants to explain the mythos/backstory in the comments box, I’m gonna take a stab and say it’s the band’s bootless Tom of Finland hero (with Danzig’s haircut) (lumpily rendered in the style of Frank Frazetta) staring at the smoking futuristic skyline of the mystical city of Stevehoweania, which he’s been trying to reach over the course of several albums (with some Zeppelin runes lurking overhead that present the key to unlocking the ancient mystery of the guitar hammer-on) before the universe opens up underfoot and he’s sucked into the purgatory of mainstream pop. Or maybe if the staff artist at Dragon magazine got a commission to paint a Van der Graaf Generator sleeve? Or maybe just kinda, sorta butt-ugly?