How Coheed and Cambria embraced pentatonic riff slams and a Deftones 8-string to create prog guitar epics for a new generation

Coheed and Cambria perform live in 2019.
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Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez is one of the rare artists who doubles as both guitar hero and your favorite author. For more than two decades, he and the rest of the Nyack, New York-formed quartet have crafted fascinatingly complex, yet hooks-loaded volumes of post-hardcore-infused prog. 

Likewise, Sanchez’s lyrics across several albums – along with adjoining comic books and novellas – have rolled out the richly intricate, galaxy-exploring storyline broadly billed as The Amory Wars; his sci-fi conceit continues with the band’s new Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.