Riff: Coheed and Cambria – “The Afterman”

Oct 5, 2012

If he’s not here, then where? My love, I’m searching for my afterman

from The Afterman lyrics by Coheed and Cambria

I’m not sure what an “afterman” is, but this is one of the strongest/least-bland singles to come out of mainstream rock recently. With their old drummer rejoining, Coheed tones down the shreddy prog and produces a catchy hit. It’s missing a necessary climax though – tom beats don’t cut it.

  • The whole thing is about someone dying.. Therefore the “Afterman” is just that – whatever we are after we die.. A spirit, ghost, memory, grass.. Whatever it means to you. This is definitely a beautiful one

    • Karl

      Yeah it’s a sweet song. I read it was about our protagonist figuring out and/or finding “the energy source,” or something along those lines. Although, if your concept is right, that would fit well with the music, especially “The Hollow”

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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