One of the most unexpected success stories to emerge from the underground rock world in the last couple of years is the hardcore-emo-prog band Coheed and Cambria, which recently made the surprising move from an indie label to a major record deal. At the near full Palladium on Thursday, the quartet successfully battled the venue’s infamously poor acoustics and delivered an impressive 80-minute show that somehow managed to combine the best elements of Rush, Fugazi and Jimmy Eat World into a cohesive and curiously listenable whole.
Such highlights as “Three Evils,” from the band’s year-old concept album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” (Equal Vision/Columbia), meshed impressive technical prowess, complex songwriting and strong melodic hooks — an uncommon combination that has brought popularity to the shaggy band.
The high-pitched voice of singer-guitarist Claudio Sanchez is a modern anomaly, more evocative of such 1970s and ’80s outfits as Triumph, Journey and Rush than of any contemporary group, with the possible exception of AFI. And the dark and often sci-fi-related themes and subject matter recall a progressive rock music era gone by.
The young crowd, however, was on board from perf’s get-go, and the kids knew each and every lyric and significant song cue, including those from C+C’s 2002 debut “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” (Equal Vision). Show’s only disappointment was the presence of a handful of aggressive bully types in the mosh pit who insisted on swinging their arms as they trotted about.
The 13-song show ended on a particularly high note with a two-song encore: love-conquers-all ballad “The Light and the Glass,” and “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth,” a spectacular, 10-minute rock anthem.