It would be hard to find a band with grander artistic scope than Coheed and Cambria.
They continue to remain a unique beast, impossible to classify and are simply this generation’s greatest musical storytellers.
Following five groundbreaking albums, the New York foursome are back and in no less dramatic fashion than is to be expected.
Following Coheed And Cambria’s critically acclaimed, album release of volume one of their double-album, The Afterman: Ascension on October 12th, 2012, the band announces the release of volume two, The Afterman: Descension via V2 on February 8th, 2013.
It was announced previously at July’s San Diego Comic Con that The Amory Wars (the cosmic narrative spanning five concept albums, comic books and a novel Created by guitarist/singer/songwriter Claudio Sanchez) has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions to be developed into a live-action feature film.
Musically, ‘The Afterman’ sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes. The dual release also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006, bringing with him his benchmark percussive grooves. Coheed and Cambria self-financed and co-produced ‘The Afterman,’ alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the band’s first 3 albums, in Woodstock, NY. ‘The Afterman’ was mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, The Shins, Foster the People) and Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars).
“This is without a doubt, the most honest record I’ve ever written,” says Sanchez. “Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner.” “In the past,” he continues,” I’ve always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With ‘The Afterman’ being a new story within the (Amory Wars) arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.”
In the story arc of The Afterman: Descension, we continue the conceptual storyline from volume one, where Sirius Amory, i.e., “The Afterman,” is a scientist/cosmonaut who goes on celestial mission and makes what is arguably the most important discovery ever known to mankind. But upon his return, he discovers his ambitiousness may have brought him fleeting fame, but also tragic repercussions.
Now, the four-pice are hitting Australian shores in support of their new record, the American group are sure to set stages on fire with their electric and renowned live show.
Coheed And Cambria 2013 Australian Tour
FRIDAY 19 APRIL BRISBANE, THE TIVOLI – 18+
SATURDAY 20 APRIL SYDNEY, THE METRO – Lic A/A
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