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Coheed and Cambria is an American rock band formed in New York. The band has been active since 1995, although they did not go by the name Coheed and Cambria until 2001, when Nate Kelley left the band. Before this they were known as Shabűtie.

Starting Out (2001–2006)

Coheed and Cambria's albums are concept albums, revealing the plot of a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. To date, the band has released four studio albums, two live albums, and various special-edition releases, with their latest release being Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow in 2007.

Several songs that appeared on Delirium Trigger were part of a science fiction story written by Sanchez called The Bag.On.Line Adventures, which was later renamed to The Amory Wars. Sanchez's side project originally developed during a 1998 trip to Paris, where the band decided to rename themselves Coheed and Cambria after two of the story's protagonists, and adopted the concept as a theme that would unify their forthcoming albums.This side project also created Coheed's official logo, the Keywork, a symbol for the planetary alignment of the Amory Wars universe.

February 2002 saw the release of The Second Stage Turbine Blade, the band's first studio album, on Equal Vision Records. Influenced by the seminal post-hardcore group At The Drive In, the band's first release also featured a credited guest appearance from Dr.Know of the Washington, D.C. hardcore-punk act Bad Brains as well as the reworking of songs "Delirium Trigger", "33", and "Junesong Provision" from the Delirium Trigger EP as well as the band's first single and music video, "Devil in Jersey City". The record also invited many comparisons to Canadian progressive rock group Rush due to Sanchez's characteristically high vocals and the distinctly technical nature of the music in comparison to their peers in the post-hardcore scene. The album brought the band underground notoriety. The band eventually played several tour dates in the United Kingdom and Japan, as well as a brief stint on the 2002 Vans Warped Tour. The band would go on to start working with manager Blaze James in August 2002, who would help propel the band to larger stages and a wider fan base

Following extensive touring with groups like Breaking Pangaea, Linkin Park and The Used, the band recorded and released their second studio album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3 in October, 2003, once again on Equal Vision, Featuring the singles "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer" and corresponding videos which received airtime on MTV, the band supported the release by touring with artists such as Thursday, Thrice, AFI, and Rainer Maria, as well as their second appearance on the Warped Tour and an additional set of European shows. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA. An August 2004 show at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom in support of the album was filmed and became the band's first live DVD, Live at the Starland Ballroom, released in March 2005.

Coheed and Cambria once again started touring infrequently, when they could line up gigs in support of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3, finally stopping to record their third release and major-label debut Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in the spring of 2005 for a September 2005 release on Columbia Records, with whom they had signed a multi-album contract. Their most commercially successful album to date, Good Apollo Volume One has sold almost 1 million copies and peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Featuring three singles, "Welcome Home", "The Suffering", and "Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)", the album represented a departure from their previous melodic post-hardcore influenced rock toward a progressive rock sound, such as longer tracks, some consisting mostly of extensive guitar solos. The band supported the album on American and European tours with The Blood Brothers, Circa Survive, Dredg, Head Automatica and Avenged Sevenfold, culminating in the release of the exclusive iTunes EP Kerrang!/XFM UK Acoustic Sessions and their second live DVD The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Departures and No World for Tomorrow (2006–present)

In early November 2006, it was announced that both Josh Eppard and Michael Todd had officially left the band for personal reasons, and Matt Williams alongside the band's drum tech Michael Petrak briefly filled out the band's rhythm section for a handful of shows. In April 2007, former bassist Michael Todd officially rejoined Coheed and Cambria just in time to enter the Los Angeles-based studio with new producer Nick Raskulinecz and appear on their next album, due to be released that fall. The following June it was announced that Chris Pennie, formerly of the Dillinger Escape Plan, had officially joined Coheed and Cambria as their drummer, but due to contractual restrictions with his previous record label, Pennie did not appear on the band's fourth release. Instead, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, recorded the drums making use of several ideas Pennie had previously written in correspondence with Sanchez.

The band's most recent album and second release with Columbia Records, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, was released in October 2007, debuting at #6 on the Billboard charts. The album's first single, "The Running Free", was released to radio in August 2007. The second single released was "Feathers" with a video starring Rena Riffel.The band has continued touring in support of the album, headlining select dates of the 2007 Warped Tour, a fall tour supported by Clutch and The Fall of Troy, and opened for Linkin Park's 25-city US tour, and as a result, canceled their performances on Australia's Soundwave Festival. In addition to the return of Todd on bass and new drummer Pennie, the band also recruited a touring keyboardist and backup vocalists for their live performances.

In November 2007, their song "Welcome Home" was included as a playable track in the video game Rock Band, and a cover of their song "Ten Speed (of God's Blood & Burial)" was later made available as a download for the game.

The band went on a four month long world tour beginning in January 2008. They performed on Jimmy Kimmel on March 5, 2008. Claudio Sanchez stated the next album is probably a year away, and will visit the origins of the characters Coheed and Cambria. They later headlined at The Bamboozle 2008 music festival.

The band headlined the 2008 Kerrang! Tour in the United Kingdom with Madina Lake, Fightstar and Circa Survive and again for Kerrang! the band recorded a cover of "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden which is featured on Kerrang!'s Iron Maiden tribute album, Maiden Heaven, that came with the July 16 issue.

Coheed and Cambria were nominated for Best International Band and Best Music Video (for "Feathers") in the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, they won the nomination for best music video. In October that year the band played an event called Neverender, a four night concert series with each album being played each night, that were held in New York and Chicago. With a third due in Los Angeles in November and a fourth in London in December.

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