In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

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In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Studio album by Coheed and Cambria
Released October 7, 2003
Recorded Applehead Recording, Woodstock, New York
Genre Progressive rock, new prog, alternative rock, progressive metal,[1] alternative metal,[2] post-hardcore[3]
Length 1:09:24
Label Columbia, Equal Vision
Producer Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner
Coheed and Cambria chronology
The Second Stage Turbine Blade
(2002)
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
(2003)
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
(2005)
Singles from In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
  1. "A Favor House Atlantic"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Blood Red Summer"
    Released: 2004
  3. "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
Melodic.net 2/5 stars[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau (dud)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[10]

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 is the second studio album by rock quartet Coheed and Cambria. It was released on October 7, 2003 through Equal Vision Records. It was recorded at Applehead Recording, Woodstock, New York and produced by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner.

The album is the third installment (but second album released) of a tetralogy about the ongoing saga of the Keywork in The Amory Wars. The Amory Wars is also the name of the graphic novel series written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez that details the events foretold in greater detail. There are three notable singles on this album: "A Favor House Atlantic", "Blood Red Summer" and "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3".

The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 500,000 copies and is RIAA certified Gold. Entertainment Weekly described it as being one of the top five key albums in the new prog genre.[11]

In January 2006 Vitamin Records released a string quartet tribute record.

The third chapter from The Amory Wars, the first issue of the In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 comic series was released in May 2010, with a new issue being released monthly. The series is co-written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David and feature interior artist Chris Burnham.[12] Sanchez has also given several hints containing plot details, and a small summary of the chapter's plot has been published on the Evil Ink Comics website.

Ten years after "Second Stage Turbine Blade", son Claudio emerges from the depths of Shylos Ten, the Fence's "quiet" planet where the Red Army performs its brutal interrogations and imprisonments. In finding out that his entire family has been murdered, Claudio begins his quest for vendetta. His foes, Supreme Tri Mage Wilhelm Ryan and General Mayo Deftinwolf sense that he is still alive and holds special powers. They know they must stop him before he defeats them. Meanwhile, Inferno (Jesse Kilgannon) takes up arms against the Red Army (“Man your Battlestations”) in an effort to seek the same kind of vengeance on him. In Claudio’s re-emergence he teams up with Ambellina, the Prise who is selected by her peers to be his guide. The pair along with Sizer, a disassembled IRO-bot, seek out Inferno to find answers as to why his family were killed, but their plans take an unexpected turn in a ship called the Camper Velourium, and a freighter pilot named Al the Killer.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Claudio Sanchez, all music composed by Coheed and Cambria.

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
No. Title Length
1. "The Ring in Return"   2:08
2. "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3"   8:13
3. "Cuts Marked in the March of Men"   5:01
4. "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)"   5:11
5. "The Crowing"   6:40
6. "Blood Red Summer"   4:13
7. "The Camper Velourium I: Faint of Hearts"   5:22
8. "The Camper Velourium II: Backend of Forever"   5:23
9. "The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer"   4:16
10. "A Favor House Atlantic"   3:53
11. "The Light & the Glass"   9:40
12. "21:13"   9:46
Total length:
1:09:24
A sample of "A Favor House Atlantic" from In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

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Notes: It is debated whether tracks 7–9 are titled "The Camper Velourium" or "The Velourium Camper." The original CD and most websites list the tracks as "Velourium Camper", and Al's ship is called the Velourium Camper in the comics, but the re-released CD case and the official website both say "Camper Velourium." Claudio referred to the ship that the tracks are based on as the Camper Velourium (in a Metal Hammer Magazine interview) and on their Myspace page, the track is abbreviated TCV, so "Camper Velourium" is assumed to be the proper name of the songs. "The Camper Velourium" is also the way the tracks are named on the "Neverender: Children of The Fence Edition" boxset. "21:13" is track 23 on the CD, following tracks 12–22, collectively known as "A Lot of Nothing I-XI."

Like its predecessor, "The Second Stage Turbine Blade", the time skip motif found in songs such as "Everything Evil" is present. In "The Ring in Return", the motif is played by the piano as well as string instruments, a change from the piano-only playing of The Second Stage Turbine Blade. It is heard again, at the end of "The Light & the Glass", this time played on a glockenspiel as well as an extended introduction. There are also many other "flashbacks" to The Second Stage Turbine Blade and their songs. In "21:13", there is a short segment that starts at the 5:46 mark that uses the same music as "Time Consumer" from the previous album. Also, "21:13" ends with a reprise of the ominous secret track "IRO-Bot" with more electric guitar parts added.

Vinyl LP[edit]

A 2 disc 12" vinyl LP has been produced for this album. Four sets were made, one printed on two black discs, one on two transparent discs, one on orange and white discs, and another with blue and gray marbled discs. These LP sets are extremely rare, and can be found on eBay occasionally selling for over $600. The track listing on these, like the cd album, omits all of the "A Lot of Nothing" tracks, as well as "21:13", while "21:13" is still contained on the vinyl.

In August 2014, Coheed and Cambria announced a repressing of the album on vinyl featuring remasterings of every song. There are currently three versions of this new LP set available: a grey marbled disc set, a peach marbled disc set (only available during the Neverender IKSSE3 tour), and a black set pressed on 180 vinyl discs.[13]

Personnel[edit]

  • Claudio Sanchez – Vocals, Guitar
  • Travis Stever – Guitar, Vocals
  • Michael Todd – Bass, Vocals
  • Josh Eppard – Drums, Vocals, Piano
  • Danny Louis – Additional keyboards
  • Justin Meyer – Drum tech
  • Michael Birnbaum – Production
  • Chris Bittner – Production
  • Roger Lian – Mastering
  • Bill Scoville – Art direction and design

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