Modern progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming sixth studio album will be a double concept album entitled, ‘The Afterman,’ and will be released in two separate full-length volumes. The band made the announcement today via a cinematic video trailer on their official website. The first volume, ‘The Afterman: Ascension,’ will be available on both physical and digital platforms October 9, 2012 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil, and distributed through Fontana/Ingrooves. The second volume, ‘The Afterman: Descension’ is slated for release in February 2013. The band has also confirmed a handful of intimate Northeast U.S. club shows leading up to the release of ‘The Afterman,’ starting September 13 in Kingston, NY (dates are below).
The trailer, a 90-second black and white classic film-noir style short, from director Robert Schober, depicts a cosmonaut preparing to leave his spaceship for a journey into a mysterious unknown; over an instrumental Coheed and Cambria musical bed. Watch the visual now at www.coheedandcambria.com
A deluxe version of the ‘The Afterman’ will include a hardcover coffee-table book with expansive art by Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with collaborative written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez and writer Peter David that will create a song by song experience. David previously worked with Sanchez on the prose novel adaptation of the band’s 2010 album “Year of the Black Rainbow,” and the graphic novel adaptation of their 2003 album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (which reached #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for graphic novels earlier this year).” All the band’s titles, including ‘The Afterman,’ fall into a grand sci-fi story arc called ‘The Amory Wars.”
It was announced previously at this month’s San Diego Comic Con that The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions to be developed into a live-action feature film.
Musically, ‘The Afterman’ sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes. The dual release also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006, bringing with him his benchmark percussive grooves. Coheed and Cambria self-financed and co-produced ‘The Afterman,’ alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the band’s first 3 albums, in Woodstock, NY. The album was mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, The Shins, Foster the People) and Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars).
“This is without a doubt, the most honest record I’ve ever written,” says Sanchez. “Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner.” “In the past,” he continues,” I’ve always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With ‘The Afterman’ being a new story within the (“The Amory Wars”) arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.”
Coheed and Cambria is currently on the road with rock legends, Iron Maiden.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
01 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre with Iron Maiden
02 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory*
03 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ Iron Maiden
04 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
06 Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
07 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater*
09 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Iron Maiden
10 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
12 Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
13 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
15 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center w/ Iron Maiden
16 Pharr, TX – Pharr Events Center*
17 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
18 Houston, TX – Woodlands Pavillion w/ Iron Maiden
24 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
25 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
13 Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center*
15 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest Chicago
16 Charlotte, NC – WEND Wienie Roast
19 Buffalo, NY – Town Hall*
20 Toronto, ON – Mod Club*
21 Rochester, NY – Water Street*
22 Albany, NY – Hart Theater at The Egg*
24 Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theater*
25 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
26 Hartford, CT Webster Theater*
28 Worcester, MA – Palladium**
29 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues**
* w/ 3
** w/ 3 and Deerhunter
31 Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
01 Dortmund, DE – Visions Westend Festival
02 Utrecht, NL – Tivoli
04 Brussels, BE – VK Club
05 Paris, FR – La Fleche D’Or
08 London, UK – Koko
09 Glasgow , UK- ABC
11 Birmingham, UK – Academy
12 Manchester, UK – Ritz Ballroom
About The Amory Wars: An epic, sci-fi fantasy set in an alternate universe (Heaven’s Fence) that chronicles the rise of superhuman dictator Wilhelm Ryan, and the one family that could hold the key to liberating the world from his tyrannical reign. The mythology was originally created by Sanchez to serve as inspiration for the band’s albums, but the series expanded to other mediums, including both prose and graphic novels.
About The Afterman: Sirius Amory, the most celebrated astronomer/scientist in the alternate universe of Heaven’s Fence is ‘‘The Afterman.’ Sirius (pronounced “Sy-ruhss”) is credited with the discovery of the energy force (known as The Keywork) that binds the 78 planets of these worlds together. He embarks on the greatest discovery of his existence, and possibly mankind’s. By doing so, what is truly most important to him begins to slip right through his fingers.