By Gregory AdamsProg-leaning rock troupe Coheed and Cambria are currently out on the road with Iron Maiden, and chances are good that their current set list may be peppered with a few new tunes from an upcoming two-part concept album dubbed The Afterman.
The group announced that the two-album arc will be spread out, with the first, The Afterman: Ascension, arriving October 9 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil. The second as-yet-untitled LP will land sometime next February.
A press release explains that the self-financed project was recorded in Woodstock, NY and co-produced between the band and previous collaborators Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who had worked the boards on the group's first three LPs.
While a trailer (see below) for The Afterman suggests at the very least that the song cycle involves an astronaut and a sentient spaceship he refers to as "mother," guitarist/vocalist Claudio Sanchez stated in a press release that the upcoming double-LP is "the most honest record I've ever written."
"Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner," he said. "In the past, I've always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With The Afterman being a new story within [comic book The Amory Wars story] arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree."
Tracklistings for the set have yet to arrive for either volume. You can, however, check out Coheed and Cambria's current tour schedule, including a solo stop at Toronto's Mod Club on September 20, down below.
8/1 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Ampitheatre * 8/2 Reno, NV - Knitting Factory 8/3 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Ampitheatre * 8/4 Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Ampitheatre * 8/6 Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion * 8/7 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater 8/9 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre * 8/10 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre * 8/12 Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Pavilion * 8/13 Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Ampitheater * 8/15 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center * 8/16 Pharr, TX - Pharr Events Center 8/17 Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion * 8/18 Houston, TX - Woodlands Pavilion * 8/24 Reading, UK - Reading Festival 8/25 Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival 9/13 Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center 9/15 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest 9/16 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (WEND Wienie Roast) 9/18 Buffalo, NY - Town Hall 9/20 Toronto, ON - Mod Club 9/21 Rochester, NY - Water Street 9/22 Albany, NY - Hart Theater 9/24 Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theater 9/26 Hartford, CT - Webster Theater 9/28 Worcester, MA - Palladium 9/29 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues 10/31 Hamburg, DE - Grunspan 11/1 Dortmund, DE - Visions Westend Festival 11/2 Utrecht, NE - Tivoli 11/4 Brussels, BE - VK Club 11/5 Paris, FR - La Fleche D'Or 11/8 London, UK - Koko 11/9 Glasgow, UK - ABC 11/11 Birmingham, UK - Academy 11/12 Manchester, UK - Ritz Ballroom