Coheed and Cambria have announced that their sixth studio album and follow up to 2010’s Year of the Black Rainbow will be a double concept album. Collectively titled The Afterman, the project will be released in two volumes over this fall and winter. The first part, The Afterman: Ascension, is set to hit stores on October 9th. Its counterpart, The Afterman: Descension, will follow in February 2013.
The band self-financed and co-produced The Afterman, alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the bands first three albums, in Woodstock, NY. The album also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006.
Frontman Claudio Sanchez said in a statement, “This is without a doubt, the most honest record Ive 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. In the past, Ive 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 the (‘The Amory Wars’) arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.
In light of the announcement, the band unveiled a teaser trailer which you can view below.
In related news, Sanchez has partnered with Mark Wahlberg and his production company Leverage to produce a feature film based on his science fiction comic book series, The Amory Wars (via Billboard). The announcement was made at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Stay tuned for more.
Also, as if Sanchez wasn’t busy enough, his band is currently touring alongside Iron Maiden. They’ve also announced a string of East coast tour dates in September. Consult their full itinerary below.
Coheed and Cambria 2012 Tour Dates:
08/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheatre *
08/02 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
08/03 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre *
08/04 – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre *
08/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion *
08/07 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
08/09 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre *
08/10 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre *
08/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Pavilion *
08/13 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Ampitheater *
08/15 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
08/16 – Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
08/17 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *
08/18 – Houston, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion *
08/24 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/25 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
09/13 – Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/16 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (WEND Wienie Roast)
09/18 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall
09/20 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
09/21 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street
09/22 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theater
09/24 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theater
09/26 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
09/28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
09/29 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
10/31 – Hamburg, DE @ Grunspan
11/01 – Dortmund, DE @ Visions Westend Festival
11/02 – Utrecht, NE @ Tivoli
11/04 – Brussels, BE @ VK Club
11/05 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
11/08 – London, UK @ Koko
11/09 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
11/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy
11/12 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz Ballroom
* w/ Iron Maiden