Coheed and Cambria Frontman Releases Children’s Book, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King

Despite the recent detour away from sci-fi epics, frontman Claudio Sanchez hasn’t given up conceptual storytelling entirely. In an attempt to pen a rock opera a la Ziggy Stardust, Sanchez stumbled into what he calls a “fantastic journey with a lesson” that would “appeal to a child’s fascination” and began to develop a children’s picture book that would eventually become Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King.

Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail

New Jersey progressive brainiacs Thank You Scientist have been a name spoken of in the highest esteem around these parts since the release of their debut, full length album Maps of Non-Existent Places in 2012. That album was the sonic equivalent of the snakes in a can gag for the unsuspecting listener. Upon opening it up, you find yourself assaulted with an overwhelming abundance of sunny Coheed and Cambria-indebted melodies, cacophonous swirls of guitar riffs and horn hits, and maze-like song structures that cycle through every kind of danceable jazzy rock imaginable. It represented many of the best aspects and possibilities of prog rock as challenging and complex music that could still be catchy, accessible, and fun as hell to listen to.

Since then, the band have been hard at work building upon the successes of that album, touring with the aforementioned Coheed and Cambria and eventually being signed to Coheed vocalist Claudio Sanchez’s nascent record label Evil Ink Records (who quickly put out a remixed and remastered version of Maps). It’s been 4 years since their last original release though, and anticipation had reached fever pitch for fans looking for more. Would their follow-up sound too similar or too different from Maps? Would the band push themselves and their sound to new places or seek to plant their flag firmly in the soil already tilled? Thankfully, and rather gleefully, we’re happy to report that that follow-up, entitled Stranger Heads Prevail, completely smashes through any fear of a sophomore slump by simply doing what they’ve always done, just better.

Coheed & Cambria’s New Song Is Damn Good

Behold, ye of little faith in the ones they call Coheed & Cambria! It takes a skilled hand to write a long song and make it feel short. There needs to be tension and resolution, building up to stratospheric levels so dizzyingly high that walking away is impossible. With building comes the issue…

The Damned Things, Serj Tankian, ††† And Coheed Team Up For Batman Arkham City Soundtrack

Holy soundtrack Batman! This has kind of crept up on me to be honest, despite my ravening hunger for the new Batman game, Arkham City, but ††† (‘Crosses’ – featuring members of Deftones and Far), The Damned Things, Serj Tankian and Coheed and Cambria amongst others have contributed to the game’s soundtrack,…

Why Coheed & Cambria Are A Great Band

I’m not even talking about their music, which I am a huge fan of.  I understand they aren’t for everyone, and most of their albums are fucking growers. Their most recent, 2010’s Year of the Black Rainbow, was one of the biggest disappointments of the year when I first listened…

Year Of The Black Rainbow Stream

Like a river of warm piss, Coheed and Cambria’s new album Year of the Black Rainbow is now streaming over on their Myspace page. I realise my wording of this statement may be a little antagonistic, especially given the response to our recent review, but mostly we find that kind…