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Multi-Part Album Releases: A New Trend?

These days, there is often debate over the value of an entire album. With all the illegal downloading of MP3s and the seemingly constant decrease in attention spans, some argue that the full-length album is becoming less and less substantial as a marketable product, while EPs and singles are increasing in value.

To combat this shift, many artists are taking the LP to new heights, giving it more value as a complete overall package and work of art. We’ve seen an increase in vinyl production, unique packaging, limited edition pre-orders, you name it. Now there seems to be another trend emerging: the sequential release of multi-part LPs. Continue reading ‘Multi-Part Album Releases: A New Trend?’

Coheed And Cambria Release Video For “The Afterman”

If you’ve followed any of the Coheed and Cambria mythology, you know that the fictional universe that Claudio Sanchez has created is expansive, complex, and incredibly detailed. Even with knowledge of past occurrences in the world of Coheed and Cambria, it’s still difficult to parse the band’s latest video offering for “The Afterman” off of their latest release The Afterman: Ascension. From the hard-cover coffee-table book that was released in conjunction with the album, it’s clear that the new record follows the storyline of Sirus Amory, a man searching for the central energy source of the universe. This information might just help in explaining the storyline of the video: a woman in a white dress ventures out in a small rowboat over the sea after witnessing the explosion of a rocket ship. A lone astronaut parachutes out of the crash into the ocean, where he finds the woman. After they share an intimate moment together, the man vanishes back into the ocean while the woman sleeps. Is this Sirius? Where does this moment fall in terms of the greater story? You’ll just have to listen to the rest of the album to find out.

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Coheed & Cambria Frontman’s Comics To Be Made Into Movie

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, producers of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Entourage,” have obtained the rights to the graphic novel series The Amory Wars by Claudio Sanchez, singer, guitarist, and mastermind of the prog-rock concept band Coheed & Cambria. According to Variety.com, the team will be turning the futuristic sci-fi fantasy saga into a live-action feature film.

Sanchez’s comics are an ongoing series about a family in an alternate universe and their battle to end the reign of Wilhelm Ryan, a superhuman dictator with ruthless power. These comics were originally written to accompany the parallel on-going story of Coheed & Cambria’s concept albums, but have clearly developed into much more. They have garnered attention and respect from Comic-Con fans and famous comic book writers such as Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Aquaman), who penned 2010′s The Year of the Black Rainbow, an origin story to accompany the band’s fifth full-length album with the same name.

Whether or not Sanchez or his band are to be involved with the scoring of the film has yet to be announced, but one can only assume that there must be some talk of this involvement, considering the albums and the graphic novels are practically one in the same.

Coheed and Cambria have a new album coming out this fall and a North American tour with Iron Maiden starting on July 24th.

 

A Q&A With Coheed and Cambria

Since 1995, Coheed and Cambria have been melting faces while telling the story of The Amory Wars, an epic series created by singer and mastermind Claudio Sanchez.  The story of  Coheed and Cambria is a theme that unifies the band’s albums and solidified them as a true concept band.  Fifteen years later, Coheed and Cambria has released the prequel to the series, Year of the Black Rainbow.

Although primarily known as a concept band, Coheed and Cambria’s infectious hooks and irresistible guitar riffs make them relatable on any level.  OurStage got the chance to catch up with guitarist Travis Stever to talk about the being a concept band, the writing process and summer festivals.

OS:  First off, how did you get into music?

TS: I know a lot of people probably hear this, but my father was a musician.  Actually, it was my mother and father.  But, my mother decided that she didn’t really want to do it anymore.  So I grew up around my father and his songwriting and at the time, it seemed like the least appealing thing ever.  Then I guess I started to hear bands that I liked from Metallica to Guns ‘N’ Roses and then got into the older stuff like Sabbath and Iron Maiden.  Eventually I got into even more classic stuff like Neil Young and I wanted to be a musician.  I realized I wanted to try it because I saw my dad doing it.  So I picked up one of the numerous guitars around the house and was like, “I’m gonna try that thing.” It’s been a passion of mine ever since.

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