While other progressive bands might release a concept album or two, Coheed and Cambria have had an entirely conceptual career. Frontman Claudio Sanchez's epic vision expands across the media landscape with comics, novels and music. Coheed and Cambria bring an earnestness born of screamo bands, like At The Drive-In, to the sweeping arrangements and lofty conceptualization of prog-rock. A ticket to a Coheed and Cambria concert opens the door to another world. On their most recent tour across America, the UK and Europe in support of the album, The Afterman: Descension, they seized all the tools available to a modern band. A huge video screen and light show backs up the wailing falsetto of Claudio Sanchez to amazing effect. The Afterman: Descension rounds out a two-album set that began with The Afterman: Ascension, which explored and expanded upon the story of Sirius Amory and the central concept of the Keywork.
Though the core members had been together earlier, Coheed and Cambria truly came to their own in 2002 with the release of "The Second Stage Turbine Blade." At this stage, they still held a strong allegiance to punk influences, despite the clear drama of their sound. Their next album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, placed them at the center of a "New Prog" movement and peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard album charts. 2005's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness was their commercial peak, reaching #7 on the Billboard charts and selling more than one million copies worldwide. It also earned a place on Guitar World's list of top 100 guitar albums of all time. Whether you are a devoted fan steeped in their lore or just starving for a little prog in your rock, Coheed and Cambria will no doubt continue to excite.