The Second Stage Turbine Blade

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The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Studio album by Coheed and Cambria
Released February 5, 2002
Recorded October – November 2001 at Stainglass Studio in Paramus, New Jersey
Genre Progressive rock[1]
Length 48:26
  • Michael Birnbaum
  • Chris Bittner
Coheed and Cambria chronology
Delirium Trigger
The Second Stage Turbine Blade
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Singles from The Second Stage Turbine Blade
  1. "Devil in Jersey City"
    Released: 2004

The Second Stage Turbine Blade is the first studio album released by rock band Coheed and Cambria. It was originally released on February 5, 2002 through Equal Vision Records. It is the first part of a tetralogy, telling the story of The Amory Wars. It was re-released on September 20, 2005 and included three previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
antiMusic 5/5 stars[3] 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars (2006)[5]
5/5 stars (2011)[6]


The album introduces the husband and wife characters Coheed and Cambria, the characters from whence the band's name originates.

Husband and wife Coheed and Cambria are used as the centerpiece to enable Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan's attempt at destroying his archrival Mage, Mariah Antillarea. Due to a memory swiping years ago, the couple are led to believe that their former lives have now come back to haunt them. They’re told by General Mayo Deftinwolf (Ryan's Right hand) that they were long ago implanted with a great threat to Heaven’s Fence, The Monstar Virus. A virus with the ability to turn its host (Coheed) into a being powerful enough to drain the Keywork's energy sources to spark Armageddon, while their dear old counterpart, Inferno was given the only means to unlock it. Through more lies, they are led to believe their children have genetically acquired a mutated form of the virus, the Sinstar. This new strain only requires its host to mature to a certain age, and has no antidote unlike the Monstar. Their children cannot be saved and time will not side with them. Coheed and Cambria are faced with an unimaginable dilemma: to murder their own children or face Armageddon.[7]

This album is one of three Coheed and Cambria albums (the others being Year of the Black Rainbow and The Color Before the Sun) not to have a multi-part suite, as In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 had the "Camper Velourium" series, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness had the "Willing Well" series, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow had the "End Complete" series, and The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension albums have the "Key Entity Extraction" series.

Lead singer Claudio Sanchez has said the "Turbine Blade" referred to in the title of the album comes from the fact that his father worked in a factory making turbine blades.

Track listing[edit]

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

The Second Stage Turbine Blade
No. Title Length
1. "Second Stage Turbine Blade"   0:53
2. "Time Consumer"   5:47
3. "Devil in Jersey City"   4:47
4. "Everything Evil"   5:50
5. "Delirium Trigger"   4:45
6. "Hearshot Kid Disaster"   5:41
7. "33"   3:30
8. "Junesong Provision"   5:21
9. "Neverender"   5:23
10. "God Send Conspirator"   6:32
Total length:

Bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
11. "Elf Tower New Mexico (demo)"   6:07
12. "Junesong Provision (acoustic demo)"   5:47
13. "Everything Evil (demo)"   13:37

Note: On the standard ten-track edition, the hidden track "IRO-Bot" is contained in "God Send Conspirator"; however, on the deluxe edition, it is contained in the "Everything Evil" demo.


  • Claudio Sanchez – vocals, guitar
  • Josh Eppard – drums, piano
  • Michael Todd – bass, vocals
  • Travis Stever – guitar
  • Michael Birnbaum – production, mixing
  • Chris Bittner – production, mixing
  • Jayson Dezuzio – recording, pre-production
  • Roger Lian – mastering
  • Nate Kelley – drums (on "Delirium Trigger" and "33")
  • Dr. Know – guitar (on "Time Consumer")
  • Todd Martin – recording (on "Delirium Trigger" and "33")
  • Montana Masback – additional vocals (on "Hearshot Kid Disaster")


  1. ^ Brian O'Neill. "AllMusic Review by Brian O'Neill". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ antiMusic review
  4. ^ review
  5. ^ Hanson, John (2006-04-09). "Review: Coheed and Cambria - The Second Stage Turbine Blade". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
  6. ^ Gerhart, Thompson D. (2011-09-21). "Coheed and Cambria - The Second Stage Turbine Blade (album review 10)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Evil Ink Comics". 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-08-29.