The long saga that hard rockers Coheed & Cambria started telling in 2002 has come to an end.
And so, almost, did the band.
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right?” says frontman Claudio Sanchez. “Well, we’re pretty strong right now.”
In the two years between “From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” and the brand new “No World For Tomorrow” — the third and fourth installments of Sanchez’s science fictionstyled story of galactic warfare — Coheed & Cambria faced a series of challenges under which many of their peers would have imploded. Half the band, drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Michael Todd left, though Todd returned after going through drug rehab.
Then Sanchez’s aunt Antonia Cristiana, a therapist who had helped the band stay together at an earlier point of his career, died after battling Alzheimer’s disease. “No World For Tomorrow” is dedicated to her memory.
And, Sanchez says, there were “other hurdles” — including the fact that new drummer Chris Pennie could not play on the new album because of contractual obligations from his previous band, the Dillinger Escape Plan (Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins sat in for him).
“The album title certainly has a very real meaning; there were moments where it felt like, ‘Will there be a tomorrow for this band?’ ” acknowledges Sanchez, 29, who co-founded the group in 1995 in upstate New York with guitarist Travis Stever.
“But I realized my head was still in Coheed & Cambria, whether it be thinking of it conceptually or working on new material, trying to figure out a way to incorporate it into what the band does. I just didn’t want to end it like that, y’know?”
With the original story finished — although it continues in Sanchez’s companion comic book series “The Amory Wars” — the group is planning a “prequel” tale to tell “the true origins of the characters.” After that, however, Sanchez isn’t sure what course the music will take.
“I know as a band we’re all very creative individuals,” he says. “I think we can make it work no matter what we decide to do.”
Coheed & Cambria, Clutch and Fall of Troy perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 1) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $27.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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