Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez says he thought about making the group's latest concept project, "The Afterman," a two-disc set. But in hindsight he's happy it came out in two-parts -- "The Afterman: Ascension," in October, and "The Afterman: Descension," this week.
"I think 'Ascension' was that sort of cliffhanger, that record that proposed all the questions and then asked the listener to live with those questions 'til 'Descension' sort of answered them," explains Sanchez, 34. "That's always been the way I've wanted to do it.
"And now it's in the hands of listeners, and they can experience it however they want -- as one whole experience, one whole piece, or separated. So, yeah, living with it, I still feel like the dual release was the right thing to do."
Avid Coheed & Cambria fans did not have to wait for the past week to learn the resolutions on -- and additional questions raised by -- "Descension," of course. Deluxe editions of "Ascension" contained the lyrics for its companion album's nine songs. Sanchez doesn't think it spoiled any surprises -- "I don't think they knew what the music was going to be like," he says -- but he was surprised and a bit disappointed that fans didn't use the information to come up with their own versions of the songs for posting online.
"I was hoping someone would create their own idea of what the songs were before ('Descension') got released," acknowledges Sanchez, who's also working on a film adaptation of the band's "The Amory Wars" saga with Mark Wahlberg's Leverage Films company. "That was something I thought I'd do if I was the listener, but that didn't actually work out.
"Maybe (fans) don't know that I'd welcome it. I love when I see acoustic renditions of some of our songs that fans do. I like that stuff. It's cool. It gives me a different perspective on what the song was, or is. But without any guidance aside from the lyrics, that may have been a lot to ask."
Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me and Russian Circles perform Friday, Feb. 8, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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