Thrash Hits

January 27th, 2012

2012 Album Preview: Coheed and Cambria – TBC

Coheed and Cambria in the studio 2012 Thrash Hits

Coheed and Cambria
Roadrunner Records
ETA Summer 2012

What they’re saying:
Things have been looking on the topsy side of turvy in the Coheed and Cambria camp recently – and it’s not just because Claudio Sanchez’s hair is still beyond ridiculous. 2011 saw the band lose two members – bassist, Michael Todd exited the band after his bizarre drug store robbery and subsequent arrest, and their drummer of over 3 years, Chris Pennie, parted ways with the band due to that old favourite, “creative differences”. Confusingly, Pennie was replaced by former Coheed sticksman (and essentially the man he replaced), Josh Eppard. And yet despite all these tectonic-size alterations, Coheed were quick to announce work on a new album via their website in November:

“Last week, we entered Applehead Studios with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner to begin work on our sixth studio album. We’re three songs in, can’t wait to share it.”

According to an interview at New York Comic Con, Claudio Sanchez confirmed that the band’s sixth studio album would thematically fall within the central storyline of the science fiction saga he’s been peddling through records and comic books over the last decade:

“We will be staying within the world of the Amory Wars and go further into the past. Fans should be excited who of the characters we have picked to follow in this prequel saga… I will say that it will hint and influence the pre-existing saga, and that it is all related.”

Watch us talking nonsense with Travis Stever from Coheed at Download 2010:

Thrash Hits verdict:
Chances are that if you’re regularly intimate with Thrash Hits then you’ll know that Coheed and Cambria haven’t received much coverage of late, and when they have, we write spaff like this. However, regardless of whether you think that their pop sensibilities have overridden the spacey, progressive metal that so defined their early albums, Coheed are always unlikely to release something mundane, either through the pursuing of completely barmy album concepts or just by the grace of having a frontman with hair reminiscent of an electrified Old English sheepdog.

Guitar solo potential: 4/6


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