This album is incredible. I feel sorry for those who didn't like Second Stage Turbine Blade, or don't understand what these albums are. C&C can't be labeled emo, or hardcore, or even prog rock (though admittedly the most accurate description.) These are actually concept albums that tell a four part love story about a married couple, Coheed and Cambria, who are on a mission to save earth during post-apocalyptic times. In SSTB, the second chapter of the series, a dragonfly activated a deadly plague in Coheed's heart with a catalyst serum.
Claudio stated that he keeps the lyrics and the meaning to them vague so that fans can interpret them how they wish. Some of this stuff is very cryptic, but don't despair! This story will be translated into a graphic novel in January!
A few clues for deciphering this album;
The events of SSTB leave Coheed, Cambria and 3 of their 4 children dead. KSSE starts off with a ringing telephone and a ship taking off. It tells of a self-fulfilling dream that started at the end of Neverender.
One of the characters, Apollo, is in actuality a dog.
The Camper Velourium is a ship belonging to a racist psychopath named Al.
Claudio wrote himself into the story ("Dear Claudio, we'll make it if you believe"- Everything Evil) and is the second born and only survivor of Coheed's four children. Further, Jesse the prize fighter, is the brother to Coheed and thus the uncle to Claudio.
I wish I could take credit for these discoveries, but actually Claudio dropped these hints on his website.
Buy this album, the haunting intro "The Ring in Return" will leave you hooked.
"Meditate more upon this, I will."- Master Yoda