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Coheed and Cambria are a charting American rock band from Nyack, New York whose music incorporates aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore that is rife with tight hooks, clever lyrics, and imaginative sounds. They are led by songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and chief conceptualist Claudio Sanchez, who is also a gifted illustrator and has penned several comic books and a novel. Since their 2002 debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, all but one recording -- 2015's indie-flavored The Color Before the Sun -- has been conceptual in nature, informed by Sanchez's science fiction concept known as the Amory Wars. Formed in 1995, the band consists of Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards), Travis Stever (rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboards, backing vocals), and Zach Cooper (bass, backing vocals). Most of Coheed and Cambria's releases are concept albums based on a science fiction story line called The Amory Wars, a graphic story series conceived and written by Sanchez, which has been transcribed into a series of comic books and a full-length novel. Thanks to Sanchez's grand vision, Coheed and Cambria have been a true fan's delight in issuing recordings, comics, and videos in limited editions often compared to rock & roll fetish objects. While the band's prog side helped to create its mystique and build a fanatical international fan base (they have headlined festivals and tours all over the world), it's far from their only dimension: The decidedly indie rock flavor of 2015's The Color Before the Sun -- the band's first non-conceptual album since their inception -- reached number 10 on the Top 200, as did all of its predecessors. Their recordings have also placed in the top five on charts ranging from Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums to Alternative Albums, while their singles have graced seven more charts. The band officially took root in 2001, shedding their former name of Shabutie and embracing a fusion of progressive rock, emocore, and highly conceptual album themes. Vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever, bassist Michael Todd, and drummer Joshua Eppard issued their group's full-length debut, 2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on the Albany-based Equal Vision Records. The band toured extensively for more than a year in support of the album, which was created as the second installment (although it was the band's first release) of a five-part fictional saga about the doomed marriage of two characters, Coheed and Cambria, whose children may or may not be infected with a serum whose power can destroy the universe. The Amory Wars explains the band's science fiction narratives. In fall 2003, Coheed and Cambria issued In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The vibrant sophomore effort (part three of the five-part saga) resulted in moderate success on the Billboard charts, with the singles "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer" faring well on such media outlets as MTV. Coheed and Cambria subsequently toured North America with Thursday, Thrice, AFI, and Rainer Maria. They also joined the tenth annual Warped Tour in summer 2004 and embarked on their first headlining European tour, whose dates coincided with the success of the "Favor House Atlantic" single. The reinvigorated band then returned with Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in September 2005; the album (part four) was also the first installment of a two-part conclusion to the band's running sci-fi story line. Released by Columbia, it hit number seven on Billboard's Top 200, partially due to the success of "The Suffering" and "Welcome Home." All was not well within the group, however, and both bassist Michael Todd and drummer Josh Eppard departed in 2006. While the band paused to sort out its future, Equal Vision released the debut from Sanchez's indie electronic solo project, the Prize Fighter Inferno, that October. Entitled My Brother's Blood Machine, the album continued in the tradition of Sanchez's primary group, spinning a tale of three families in a story that pre-dates the Coheed and Cambria saga and is narrated by "Inferno" (aka Jesse, Coheed's brother). Meanwhile, Sanchez and Stever decided to carry on and, bolstered by the return of Todd and the temporary enlistment of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, began recording their fourth album, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for Tomorrow. The group's lineup was soon cemented with the addition of ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie, and the album -- part two of the saga's two-tiered conclusion -- was released in October 2007, followed by the live recording Neverender: Children of the Fence in 2009. In 2010 the band returned with Year of the Black Rainbow, which served as a prequel to the Amory Wars story line. In the fall of 2012, Coheed and Cambria released the first of a two-part album, Afterman: Ascension. Its sequel, Afterman: Descension, appeared in February of 2013. Uncharacteristically, the band's next album was a left turn. The Color Before the Sun marked a first in that it was recorded live in a Nashville studio with producer Jay Joyce and included minimal overdubs. But perhaps its greatest surprise was that it was a first: a stand-alone album free of concepts explored on their seven previous full-lengths. That said, its bright, pop-punk first single "You Got Spirit, Kid," was introduced via a video whose first frame humorously showcased a school billboard adorned with the words, "Rad Times at Amory High." According to Sanchez, these new songs were meant to expose his "raw feelings." It was released in October 2015. After a tour, the band re-entered the Amory Wars universe for 2018's Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, prefaced by two video singles, "Prologue" and "The Dark Sentencer." Issued in October of 2018, a deluxe edition of the album included an 80-plus-page hardcover graphic novel, as well as an act one novella that Sanchez co-wrote with his wife, Chondra Echert. The package also includes a fold-out poster depicting an expanded version of the album art, and a replica mask worn by one of the album's main protagonists. Throughout its 78 minutes, Coheed and Cambria incorporate elements, structures, approaches, and progressions from their entire two-decade lifespan, underscoring its narrative and making it the most self-referential title in the band's discography. ~ Andrew Leahey & Bradley Torreano
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    Popularity
  2.   Welcome Home
  3.   The Running Free
  4.   Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)
  5.   Willing Well I: Fuel for the Feeding End
  6.   Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial)
  7.   The Suffering
  8.   No World for Tomorrow
  9.   You Got Spirit, Kid
  10.   The Gutter
  11.   The Dark Sentencer
  12.   The Trooper
  13.   Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
  14.   All on Fire
  15.   It Walks Among Us
  16.   The Afterman
  17.   Unheavenly Creatures
  18.   True Ugly
  19.   Lucky Stars
  20.   Mother May I
  21.   2's My Favourite 1
  22.   Black Sunday
  23.   Colors
  24.   Number City
  25.   A Favor House Atlantic
  26.   Blood Red Summer
  27.   Here to Mars
  28.   Delirium Trigger
  29.   Time Consumer
  30.   Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
  31.   Far
  32.   The Crowing
  33.   Vic the Butcher
  34.   The Pavillion (A Long Way Back)
  35.   In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
  36.   Holly Wood the Cracked
  37.   Dark Side of Me
  38.   Feathers
  39.   Old Flames
  40.   Devil in Jersey City
  41.   Second Stage Turbine Blade
  42.   Carol Ann
  43.   Hidden Track
  44.   Iron Fist
  45.   Gravity's Union
  46.   The End Complete V: On the Brink
  47.   Gravemakers & Gunslingers
  48.   Wake Up
  49.   Crossing the Frame
  50.   Devil in Jersey City
  51.   The Light & The Glass
  52.   The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer
  53.   Junesong Provision
  54.   33
  55.   Everything Evil
  56.   Night-Time Walkers
  57.   Toys
  58.   Young Love
  59.   Ghost
  60.   Island
  61.   Sentry the Defiant
  62.   Away We Go
  63.   The Hard Sell
  64.   Pretelethal
  65.   The Broken
  66.   The Black Rainbow
  67.   Pearl of the Stars
  68.   Here We Are Juggernaut
  69.   The End Complete II: Radio Bye Bye
  70.   Elf Tower New Mexico
  71.   Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth
  72.   Once Upon Your Dead Body
  73.   Always & Never
  74.   The Crowning
  75.   [Untitled Track]
  76.   Hearshot Kid Disaster
  77.   The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut
  78.   Clown's Welcome Home
  79.   Random Reality Shift
  80.   The End Complete IV: The Road and the Damned
  81.   Apollo I: The Writing Writer
  82.   God Send Conspirator
  83.   Love Protocol
  84.   Prologue
  85.   Fangs of the Fox
  86.   Bridge and Tunnel
  87.   Peace to the Mountain
  88.   The Audience
  89.   Atlas
  90.   Eraser
  91.   The Homecoming
  92.   2's My Favorite
  93.   Evagria the Faithful
  94.   Domino the Destitute
  95.   Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful
  96.   Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
  97.   Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked
  98.   Goodnight, Fair Lady
  99.   Mothers of Men
  100.   Deranged
  101.   Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
  102.   World of Lines
  103.   When Skeletons Live
  104.   This Shattered Symphony
  105.   One
  106.   Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am)
  107.   In the Flame of Error
  108.   Guns of Summer
  109.   The End Complete III: The End Complete
  110.   The End Complete I: The Fall of House Atlantic
  111.   Always & Never/Welcome Home
  112.   Justice in Murder
  113.   Mother Superior
  114.   The Hound (Of Blood and Rank)
  115.   The Reaping
  116.   Willing Well II: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
  117.   The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court
  118.   Keeping the Blade
  119.   Neverender
  120.   The Hollow
  121.   My Favorite I
  122.   The Ring in Return
  123.   Queen of the Dark
  124.   Hello
  125.   Subtraction
  126.   The Camper Velourium II: Backend of Forever
  127.   The Camper Velourium I: Faint of Heart
  128.   Cuts Marked in the March of Men
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