Coheed And Cambria life and biography

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Coheed And Cambria biography

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Birthplace : New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-04-23
Credited as : Rock band, Claudio Sanchez, Year of the Black Rainbow album

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Coheed and Cambria is an American rock band from Nyack, New York. Formed in 1995, the group incorporates aspects of progressive rock, punk rock, metal and post-hardcore.

Viewed as a successor to the classic heavy-metal groups such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Rush, as well as the trippy, futuristic prog bands of the 1960s and 1970s, the upstate New York-based band Coheed and Cambria has offered up a baroque blend of heavy sounds, long storylines, and science fiction-based lyrics. In Hollywood Reporter John Lappen wrote, "With one foot planted solidly in the contemporary indie rock world and the other stuck gleefully in overblown '70s prog rock, Coheed and Cambria meld the two disparate genres into a heady blend that works for devoted followers of both camps."

The band was founded by frontman Claudio Sanchez, who came up with the story-based concept for its songs. The story is about two characters, Coheed and Cambria, and their children, in a distant solar system. They believe that they must sacrifice their children to save the world from being infected by an apocalyptic virus that is embedded in their genes. Originally a side project of Sanchez's, the story became music when Sanchez presented it to his friends, drummer Josh Eppard, guitarist Travis Stever, and bassist Michael Todd; the group even took the names of the parents in the story for the name of the band.

Heir to the prog bands of the 1960s and 1970s, the band's music tells long, complicated stories and features complex guitar riffs, shifting time signatures, and energetic singing. David Browne explained in Entertainment Weekly that the original prog music, originating in the hippie culture of the 1960s and 1970s, often envisioned a brighter and better world. In contrast, Coheed and Cambria envision a dark and apocalyptic future, pairing their stories not with classical sounds as in earlier prog, but with 1980s heavy metal.

The group's debut album, Second Stage Turbine Blade, was released in 2002. It tells the story of Claudio Kilgannon, who wants to avenge the deaths of his three siblings and his parents, named Coheed and Cambria. This album and the five to follow explored the tale of their lives in a distant solar system.

In addition to albums, the band released graphic novels telling the story; the novels were published by Sanchez's graphic arts company, Evil Ink. In the novels Coheed and Cambria appear similar to Sanchez's real-life parents.
In 2003 the band moved from independent label Equal Vision to major label Columbia. It was a carefully thought-out move, according to Sanchez, who told an interviewer for the Honolulu, Hawaii, Star Bulletin that the band considered offers from several labels and chose Columbia, which they believed was the strongest label. Before making the move, they "did a lot of groundwork beforehand, building our reputation by word of mouth, before we took our chances in the major market."

In that same year the band released their second album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth, which featured Sanchez's vocals, described by Erik Pederson in the Hollywood Reporter as "gentle, breathy and impassioned," and "intricate music."

Like the band's first two albums, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness was a concept album, and continued the story of Coheed and Cambria. According to Rob Theakston in All Music Guide, "It's not necessary to know all of the facts and story lines to enjoy IV, which is a prog rock opera on par with anything that Rush or Queensryche ever released." However, the reviewer noted that the group's sound had evolved over the years, shedding emo chords and songwriting in favor of a more prog, heavy-metal sound. Theakston commented that the album "finally lives up to the heavy metal promise and unapologetically delivers the goods with a full head of steam." In Billboard a reviewer noted that, like its title, the album "is prog rock-leaning and pretentious. Fortunately, the band pulls it off extremely well." The reviewer also commented that the band's production values had improved, with a string section and keyboards adding richness to the sound. Browne noted that although the band displayed great musicianship, "The songs are long, unwieldy, and anything but uplifting."

Although the band has one more album due to complete the story of Coheed and Cambria, they are not sure where they will go in the future. Bassist Michael Todd told Brian Orloff of the St. Petersburg Times, "We're not really sure what's going to happen after the story. We have an ending to the story. We just need to get there." He noted that in live performances the band didn't focus on the storyline; if fans knew it, that was a bonus for them, but if not, "we just hope people enjoy the band for its music." Sanchez likewise told the Star Bulletin that he had talked with some of the band's fans and found that "about 50 percent of them have no idea what my concept is ... not that it's forced down their throat. Some take something personal to their own lives from it; others are into the idea of the concept itself."

Despite the fact that the original concept was Sanchez's, the band writes together. Michael Todd told David John Farinella in Bass Player, "We all write together, and a lot of what comes out has to do with how Josh plays. For me, there's nothing better than playing bass with a good drummer." He added, "I practice all the time when I'm home, and I practice in hotel rooms when we're on tour. I just want to be the best player that I can be. The whole band thinks like that."

Pedersen wrote that Coheed and Cambria are "big with the kids and destined to get bigger. With a unique niche sound, peppy hit video and a novel concept tied to a comic book series, the quartet has glommed onto some potentially lucrative revenue streams while maintaining their cred and rocking out pretty good. No small feat."

In February 2002 the band released its first studio album The Second Stage Turbine Blade after signing with Equal Vision Records. Influenced by the post-hardcore group At The Drive In, the band's first release also featured a guest appearance from Dr. Know of the hardcore-punk band, Bad Brains, as well as the revised "Delirium Trigger", "33", and "Junesong Provision" from the Delirium Trigger EP.

Following extensive touring with groups Breaking Pangaea, Linkin Park, The Used, and Slipknot, in October 2003 the band released its second studio album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3, also on Equal Vision Records. The success of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 attracted the attention of the record label Columbia Records, with whom they signed a multi-album contract. The band stopped touring to record their third studio album and first major-label release Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in early 2005 for a September 2005 release.

Claudio Sanchez released an album from his side-project The Prize Fighter Inferno in October 2006 titled My Brother's Blood Machine. Like Coheed and Cambria's albums, it was a concept album, related to Coheed and Cambria via a character that appears in both stories: Jesse, "The Prize Fighter Inferno". The album was intended to be a prequel to the Coheed and Cambria albums. Claudio says "when we were called Shabütie, the initial idea for Coheed and Cambria was to be an acoustic/electronic side project. So I guess The Prize Fighter Inferno is kind of the original idea for Coheed and Cambria."

Coheed and Cambria toured through most of early 2009. Between January and March, they toured with Slipknot and Trivium on the Slipknot-headlined All Hope Is Gone tour. In August 2009, Coheed and Cambria toured in support of Heaven & Hell on their tour in support of The Devil You Know.On September 16, 2009, they performed at the Puyallup Fair alongside Brand New and Jaguar Love. In October they performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. They also performed at the Wacken Open Air festival, at the UK leg of the Sonisphere Festival tour, and at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

Claudio announced at New York Comic Con in "" in October 2011 that the upcoming album was written and that the recordings would begin in November. "We will be staying within the world of the Amory Wars and go further into the past. Fans should be excited who of the characters we have picked to follow in this prequel saga… I will say that it will hint and influence the pre-existing saga, and that it is all related.”

-The Second Stage Turbine Blade (2002)
-In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (2005)
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow (2007)
-Year of the Black Rainbow (2010)

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