Coheed and Cambria

Genre: Progressive Rock

Years: 2001 – Present

From: Nyack, New York

One of my favorite bands, with music influenced by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Misfits, Coheed and Cambria’s lyrics and sound come together to unfold an epic journey. All their albums are concept albums, which are inspired by The Amory Wars, a science fiction story written by the lead singer Claudio Sanchez. This story has been published as a comic book series as well as a full length novel and has been compared to other science fiction stories such as the Star Wars trilogy. The band’s name, Coheed and Cambria, comes from the two main characters in The Amory Wars, a decision they made to use their music to bring the story to life.

The story is carried throughout the studio albums, each one representing a chapter of The Amory Wars. Seven albums later, their presence has grown not only in the music world but also in the comic world. In fact, at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, Claudio announced plans to work with Mark Wahlberg and Leverage to bring the story to the big screens.

As well as they bring this story to life in their albums, they also carry its presence in concert.  I’ve been to several of their shows; they bring amazing energy to the stage and Claudio, the wild haired lead singer, is a very talented guitarist. During the most recent show I went to, he brought out a two neck guitar to play during one of their songs. As I was watching him, I realized at one point he got a good amount of his wild mane stuck in the guitar strings as he was performing on stage. When he noticed, without skipping a beat, he ripped his hair free by head banging – all while still impressing the crowd with his guitar playing skills. This was a span of only a few minutes, and most people probably didn’t even notice, but I remembered seeing that in the crowd and thinking back to all the times I would hear people talk about artists who were regarded as “Rockstars” and thinking in that moment, that was exactly what he was. Nothing mattered on that stage but the music, the fans and putting on a great show.

You might be familiar with their more popular songs such as “A Favor House Atlantic”, “Blood Red Summer” and “The Suffering”.  Their songs are also featured in the Rock Band video game, including “Welcome Home” and “Guns of Summer.” One of my favorite albums is “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness”. It’s a long name, I know… haha. Personally, it has my favorite track list and plays a nostalgic role as it was the first album I heard from the band. It sparked my love and adoration for them. They were much more than a band who told a story, they elevated it – making it an experience for you as the listener. The way they combined their lyrics and music to center around this original story was something I admired and found incredibly unique.

Needless to say, if you’re interested you should check them out. Some songs I would recommend, in addition to the ones mentioned above, are: “No World for Tomorrow“, “Wake Up“, “Crossing the Frame“, “Apollo I: The Writing Writer” and “Dark Side of Me“.


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