CO­HEED AND CAM­BRIA RE­TURN TO THE AMORY WARS

New York prog­gers con­tinue sci-fi con­cept se­ries as front­man ad­mits he was ready to call it quits.

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Co­heed And Cam­bria re­lease Vaxis – Act 1: The Un­heav­enly Crea­tures via Road­run­ner on Oc­to­ber 5. The 78-minute al­bum is the first part of a pen­ta­l­ogy that re­vis­its the Amory Wars uni­verse with a new sto­ry­line de­vel­oped from 2007’s Good Apollo, Vol­ume Two. It’s also avail­able with a com­pan­ion novella.

“I think the idea we’ve got right now is what Co­heed And Cam­bria was sup­posed to be in 2002 but I was too young to make it that way,” re­veals front­man Clau­dio Sanchez. “The comic books didn’t start un­til 2004 and it took a lot of ma­tur­ing to re­alise this is how the story needs to be told.”

The 15-track al­bum ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two lovers faced with se­cur­ing their un­born son’s fu­ture. Though it’s set in the world of sci­ence fic­tion, it also ad­dresses some of Sanchez’s con­cerns on be­com­ing a father four years ago.

“There’s a song on this record called The Pav­il­ion. I wrote that in 2016 right af­ter the cre­ation of [2015’s non-con­cept al­bum] The Color Be­fore The Sun,” he says. “That song was orig­i­nally about me leav­ing mu­sic, leav­ing the band and feel­ing this con­fu­sion of: is this re­ally where I want to be now I’m a dad? Do I re­ally want to sac­ri­fice time with my son to go on the road? As time went on, I re­alised how lucky I am and grate­ful I am to be in this band so it was like a cross­roads that I was at. I think that writ­ing a song like Pav­il­ion re­ally al­lowed me to un­der­stand who I am and how im­por­tant it was for me to con­tinue this.”

Co­heed re­leased the 10-minute teaser The Dark Sen­tencer at the end of June and the front­man ad­mits it’s “the long­est, most pro­gres­sive tune on the al­bum, but I think the record in it­self trav­els around a lot and that’s what makes it spe­cial. It’s very ad­ven­tur­ous and there are a lot of places to go on the al­bum. There are a lot of sur­prises.”

A deluxe edi­tion of The Un­heav­enly Crea­tures is now avail­able to pre-or­der via the band’s web­site. It comes with a bonus al­bum of demos and a novella writ­ten by Sanchez and his wife, author Chon­dra Echert. To co­in­cide with the re­lease, Co­heed And Cam­bria will play six shows in the UK this Oc­to­ber with sup­port from Chon. NRS

“It’s very ad­ven­tur­ous and there are a lot of places to go on the

al­bum.”

TAK­ING OFF: HEAD WITH WINGS.

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