Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria is an American rock band from Nyack, NY, whose music is often labeled as progressive rock or new prog. The band’s first seven albums (as well as their ninth and tenth) correspond with the nonlinear story of The Amory Wars, an intergalactic science-fiction epic created by frontman Claudio Sanchez. A simplified version of the story can be found here.
An early variant of the band formed in 1995 under the name Beautiful Loser, and was quickly renamed to the more well-known former band name Shabutie. After a few changes to the lineup and three EPs along the way, Coheed and Cambria formed, consisting of Sanchez (vocals, guitar), Travis Stever (guitar, backing vocals), Michael Todd (bass, backing vocals) and Josh Eppard (drums, backing vocals).
The group released their debut studio album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in March of 2002 after signing with Equal Vision Records. Their follow-up, In Keeping Secrets of Silent 3, hit stores October of the following year and was RIAA-certified gold, with its leading single “A Favor House Atlantic.” Switching to Columbia Records, Coheed released the first volume of Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV (From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness) in September of 2005. The album was also certified gold and boasted the band’s arguably most well-known song “Welcome Home.”