Coheed And Cambria Biography

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Claudio Sanchez - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synth
Travis Stever - guitars, lap steel, vocals
Michael Todd - bass, vocals
Chris Pennie - drums, percussion

Coheed and Cambria Biography

It would be hard to find a band with grander artistic scope than Coheed and Cambria. Over the course of six years and four groundbreaking albums, the New York foursome (Claudio Sanchez – vocals, guitar; Travis Stever – guitar; Michael Todd – bass; Chris Pennie – drums) has diligently developed a unique sound combining forward-thinking classic rock with strong pop sensibilities and intricate musicianship. Simultaneously, through his lyrics and comics, Sanchez has created a celebrated epic alternate universe called The Amory Wars, in which lies an ongoing conceptual tale that gains depth and complexity with each and every record.

With the band’s latest creation, the euphoric No World For Tomorrow, we arrive at the final chapter in the saga of Claudio Kilgannon, the story’s main character, who is out to avenge the death of his parents (Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon). While the story is set to reach its destructive end with NWFT, the band reveals their next album will be a prequel to the saga.

Concept aside, the latest offering is Sanchez’s and the band’s most personal document yet, with various emotionally charged events of the last year dictating the direction of the writing process. The result is the most brilliant culmination of Coheed and Cambria’s musical and literary vision to date.

Formed in 2001, Coheed and Cambria came storming out of the indie-rock gates with the release of their first album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on Equal Vision Records. Endless touring and progressive, hook-laden songs like “Delirium Trigger” and “Devil in Jersey City” led to the rapid development of the band’s early fan base.

The follow-up, 2003’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, was certified RIAA gold on the strength of the group’s ongoing intense touring schedule and the hit singles “Blood Red Summer” and “A Favor House Atlantic.” The band emerged as a tour de force, embraced not only by their now fanatical fans, but also by radio, press and MTV.

2005’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, the band’s first for Columbia Records, reached #7 on the Billboard Top 200. It was also a critical juggernaut, being named one of the “Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World, while Rock Sound awarded it “Album of the Year.” Coheed’s knack for writing indelible songs, such as “Welcome Home,” and “The Suffering” combined with monolithically powerful album tracks and the band’s heavy follow through, secured their status as a massive live draw and presence around the world.

However, the wheels were falling off the wagon.

Fitting its title, No World For Tomorrow was born out of huge uncertainty. June, 2006 saw the departure of half the band; drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Michael Todd left under somewhat cloudy circumstances. “A lot of what this record is about has to do with the events of the past two years.” quipped Sanchez. “It got to the point where Travis and I thought there might not be a tomorrow for Coheed as a band.”

Deep in turmoil and unsure of the future, Sanchez and Stever decided to keep the band together and make a new record. Fortunately, by the time they were ready to go into the studio, bassist Todd rejoined and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Stone Sour) helped secure Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins to play drums on NWFT. “Taylor was a creative and powerful force in the studio,” remarked Sanchez. “His amazing personality was the positive reinforcement we needed to see this vision through.”

Nietzsche’s line, “That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger,” seems like it could have been coined for this situation…. After everything Sanchez, Stever and Todd have been through, they could have packed it in… instead, they delivered the album of their lives.

Thanks to alliott, for submitting the biography.

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Purely Coincidental | Reviewer: Jenna | 11/30/13

The first song I heard by these guys was "Welcome Home" in the preview for the movie 9. I was in love with what I heard but didn't have internet or any other means to listen to the music again. I didn't even know who made the song. One day I was cleaning out the closet of our new house and found a burned CD. I put it in the DVD player and heard "Keeping The Blade". Thinking it was a classical disc I almost threw it away but decided against it. A couple months later I put it in my Xbox and pressed shuffle, where it began to play "Welcome Home". I had found Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV. I've been obsessed with the band ever since.

the gods of music for all eternity | Reviewer: cook | 6/20/09

Wooooooooooo, the greatest of all bands I mean to make a story in your songs that is just one incrediable story (your the man Claudio) I have all there albums and know the whole entire story of all 4 albums and the neverender tour was awesome I just love this band and can't wait for the there next album to come out wooooooooOoooooooooooooooooo.

Coheeds hair | Reviewer: ChrisCc | 6/19/09

I love claudios hair...I just want to lay in it all day day.his hair is what really made the band famous..the amazing guitar riffs helped a little to.I lOVE ClaidiOs Hair. If u don't like his hair then u suck c-----3.

story behind the songs | Reviewer: chris | 9/9/08

these guys are great. the idea to make a story this long just in songs. genius. can anyone interperate the majority of the story just by the songs? The most recent album hints at claudio meeting newo again, but as the crowing.(theory of mine) Any ideas?

Out of this universe | Reviewer: Chad | 6/24/08

The first time I heard Welcome Home on Rock Band I thought this guy sounds alot like Geddy Lee but better. So I decided to buy Good Apollo Burning IV
Claudio is so talented lyrically that every song is truly amazing. I now have all their albums and listen to them all the time. Cant wait to see you guys next month in Tuscon! Best band ever!

What can I say....incredible... | Reviewer: The Gunslinger | 6/9/08

The first song Iv herad from this band is "In keeping the secrets of silent earth: 3" and I loved it! I found there other songs, and now I hasve all their full albums on my computer. When you read the lyrics bythemselves, they make no sense, but ehen you know the story behind them....beutiful. Each song is a story for itself. My favorites are - Crossing the frame, Ten speed, Apolo I - the writing writer, Justice and murder......hell I like all of them. Not a single one i dislike.

Amazing | Reviewer: Kenzy | 3/23/08

Well its really amazing to see other people loving Coheed and Cambria as much as i do. I thought i was strange cuz non of my friends like them as much. I am so in love with the music and Claudio is amazing so talented and so sexy! lol Joshua you are amazing to, so skilled with the drums!!

the greatest rock band of all time | Reviewer: dandy binwag | 2/8/08

this band is the greatest band ever for me i.. this is the onlyt band that i love all there songs.. the are the greatest rock band they should not be compared to any rock band they are so unique..claudio's voice is very unique the best band rock im wrong coheed and camnria rulessssss!!!! yeahhhhhhhhhhh

hotness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/26/08

i love Coheed and Cambria soooooooooo much. i absoultly think that Claudio is super Sexy, in fact, MR.Sexy. his hair should get an award by itself for most coolest lookin' hair of the year.

hotness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/25/08

i love Coheed and Cambria soooooooooo much. i absoultly think that Claudio is super Sexy, in fact, MR.Sexy. his hair should get an award by itself for most coolest lookin' hair of the year.

loves claudio | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/10/07

omg this is the most talented band in the wotld other than AFI but sometimes there is no compitition that c&c beats them head on. his har is so sexy. omg all of him is so sexy. i would marry him of i could but thats a little over obsessive. w/e i dont care this band is the future band of the year.
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wowie kazowie!!! | Reviewer: brooke | 11/4/07

i freakin love coheed and cambria!!! they have 2 be the best band ever!!! (I can make my hair look kinda like Claudio's with a blowdryer after i get out of the shower, cuz that's how cool i am) Claudio's awesome & i love him so so so much.

AH! | Reviewer: Calum | 10/4/07

I Think I Actually Love This Band.....LIke, Truly Love The Band. The Story Is So Awesome! Started Gettin The Comics And They Are Well Good!

They rock...or they Emo. | Reviewer: Kwabena | 7/30/07

They are undoubtedly the best band I've ever heard. You can't deny that they are good. After hearing Always and never, it took me to a different place, and that Country hick song at the end was fun. Coheed and Cambria is the best out there-don't lie to yourself. And...I'm black.

recently saw them in person | Reviewer: flyerfan | 7/27/07

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Coheed and Cambria live at the warped tour. When I first heard Favor House 3 years ago, I thought it was cool but not my fav. After listening to more of their music I got a better appreciation for them. Their instrumentation puts them on a level with fucking few others. They are one of the best bands out there. Buy, download, beg borrow and steal to hear them.

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