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Coheed & Cambria: Good Apollo IV: Volume II: No World For Tomorrow (10/23/07)

Coheed and Cambria Saga Comes to an End on No World for Tomorrow by Chris Harris at mtv.com

'If I said this is the end of Coheed and Cambria, I think our audience would be excited,' frontman Claudio Sanchez says.


Claudio Sanchez, the hay bale-haired frontman for progressive emo-rockers Coheed and Cambria, will never look back on 2006 fondly. It was a year wrought with lineup shifts, family deaths and hurdles aplenty. There was even a moment that the sci-fi-leaning concept band wondered if it should even bother carrying on.

In August, the band was forced to nix a European tour, following the departures of drummer Joshua Eppard and bassist Michael Todd, which put things in Coheed land in flux for a spell. In the spring, Todd returned to the fold, and Eppard was replaced by former Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie. Sanchez also lost his aunt, a social worker who'd counseled the band through several challenging times, to Alzheimer's disease; her death was a blow to the entire group.

"It's been an uphill battle," Sanchez explained. "Last year was terrible. It was an interesting time for this band and a very important time, because with all those experiences, I think we have created a very awesome album," the forthcoming Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, which drops October 23. "We sort of rose from the ashes, which is something we never really had with any of the previous albums, which makes me feel like this is the strongest and makes for the best conclusion for the saga.

"Last year, we went through a lot, and I think, really, at the end of the day, it all helped kind of mold this album," Sanchez added. "Like [2005's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness], where we kind of saw [the tale of Coheed and Cambria, an epic of love, death and deceit sprung from Sanchez's vivid imagination] from the writer's perspective, and how the writer's reality kind of affected the outcome of the story. This time around, it's pretty much that tenfold. This one's about everything we endured in 2006 and how that kind of translated over to the concept of Coheed and Cambria."

Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Shadows Fall), No World for Tomorrow features Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who was summoned the day before the band was scheduled to begin tracking to fill in for Eppard. Being able to bring the Coheed and Cambria saga to a close has been rather relieving for Sanchez.

"I certainly feel a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders," he said. "Now I am thinking about what will happen in the future, about the prequel album, possible spinoffs." (Sanchez also hinted at bigger things coming down the pike for Coheed, including a possible film adaptation, either live-action or animated, of the albums' overall concept.) "It is nice to know I am closing the center of the whole mythology. Now, with this album, it has been established that, although the [upcoming] prequel is just as important, these four bodies of work really kind of stamp it. They make the mythology."

Surprisingly, despite all the headaches and heartaches the band has experienced in the last 12 months, the album isn't as dark as you might imagine and boasts a few heavy numbers, la "Welcome Home."

"In writing the lyrics, I found certain lines that, instead of being so on the dark side of things, almost felt very hopeful," the singer said. "To quote some of the lyrics, 'Raise your hands high, young brothers and sisters/ There's a world's worth of work and a need for you.' It's almost like we've gone through all these changes, and we want our fans to know that we have endured and will continue. At the same time, on the conceptual side of things, it's the end of the story, the end of everything, so it's almost, in a weird way, tricking a following into their own demise ... if that makes any sense."

The band has been previewing at least one of the new songs, the disc's likely first single, "The Running Free," during this summer's Warped Tour, and the response has been positive. Look for the record to also contain the cuts "Mother Superior," "The End Complete," "Gravemakers and Gunslingers," the album's title track and "Justice and Murder," a tune inspired by Sanchez's aunt.

"She had a very interesting role in Coheed, especially after [the release of 2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade], when Coheed actually disbanded for a second due to extensive touring and such. ... We were so overloaded, we kind of imploded," he said. "My aunt happened to be a social worker, a therapist, and we went to her and she helped us sort out our problems and helped us figure out what we wanted to do as a band, and thus, we endured and went on to [record 2003's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3]. It was such a tragedy, because seeing her pass away and all that we endured in 2006, it was another brick in that wall. It made us wonder, 'Can we overcome this?' because we aren't going to have that help we had before."

For some of the tracks, Sanchez said he experimented with unfamiliar instrumentation, including organs and pianos, to create a sound he described as "Ray Charles on Quaaludes." A few of the songs were actually written on piano and later converted into very intricate guitar parts.

"Musically, I think our fans are going to really enjoy it because there are a lot of callbacks to the other albums," he explained. "But it's hard to say what will happen to this band when the concept is finished. There are so many avenues we could explore, if we really wanted to dive into the conceptual side of things. The solar system that I have created [with the Coheed saga] involves 78 planets, so there are worlds of things we could explore, as well as moving into another piece of fiction or whatever. We're artists we can find an interesting way to move from this to another thing, if we chose to do that. If I were to say this is the end of Coheed and Cambria, I think our audience would be excited about it."
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Fuckin Sweeeeeet! Can't wait, loved all the previous albums and his lil side project The Prize Fighter Inferno.

Thanks! I had no clue this was coming, makes me feel okay about missing them on warped.
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This is excellent news! I absolutely love their previous three albums, but The Prizefighter Inferno was hit and miss for me. I can't wait to hear the new album, though!
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Christ. My paycheck will not survive Oct. 23.
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I love their previous three albums, so I am really looking forward to this release.
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Thanks! Count me in as a longtime fan. Very talented band.
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Cool. Saw them at the warped tour yesterday.

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Sweet!

Agreed - to me Prize Fighter had only a couple of tracks that lasted past my usual week of new album enjoyment.
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I must have missed this Prize Fighter album everyone is talking about.
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Prize Fighter Inferno was a side project album. It's not bad, but it definitely could have done without the blank tracks.

I should remember which band member was involved with the "English Panther" side project as well, but it escapes me at the moment -- good album too though.

As far as a film, I would love to see the entire saga spelled out in an animated version - a la Daft Punk and their Interstella 5555 movie. If they stuck with just the song lyrics and nothing additional it would be great -- long, but great. I'll admit I've got a few of the comic books but I can't piece too much from that compared to the lyrics of the albums themselves. The wiki page is probably the best summary I've read.

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Originally Posted by Tuan Jim
Prize Fighter Inferno was a side project album. It's not bad, but it definitely could have done without the blank tracks.

I should remember which band member was involved with the "English Panther" side project as well, but it escapes me at the moment -- good album too though.

As far as a film, I would love to see the entire saga spelled out in an animated version - a la Daft Punk and their Interstella 5555 movie. If they stuck with just the song lyrics and nothing additional it would be great -- long, but great. I'll admit I've got a few of the comic books but I can't piece too much from that compared to the lyrics of the albums themselves. The wiki page is probably the best summary I've read.
Was English Panther related to the story as a whole? I know that PFI was connected, hell just the title of the CD tells you that.
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Bump! One month away, the first track is out on C&C Myspace....as well as cover art and more details over at http://www.noworldfortomorrow.com/
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Damn. Between cd's and dvd's 10.23 is gonna hit my bank account hard.
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There's going to be two releases of this I believe, CD only and 2 disc deluxe with a CD and a DVD. I'm not sure what's on the the DVD, though. I enjoyed the DVD that came with the deluxe version of Good Apollo I, though. So, I think I'll get the 2 discer of this one too.
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Glad they're doing that on release day instead of months later like IV. That sucked for all those that picked up the CD only on day one.
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According to Wikipedia this is what is on Disk 2:

1. "Mother Superior (Taylor Guitars Performance @ NAMM 07 - PCM Stereo)"
2. "Kitchen Jam (PCM Stereo)"
3. "Cuts Marked In The March Of Men (Original Acoustic Demos - PCM Stereo)"
4. "A Favor House Atlantic (Original Acoustic Demos - PCM Stereo)"
5. "From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
6. "The Suffering (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
7. "Always And Never / Welcome Home (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
8. "Tour Photo Album (PCM Stereo)"
9. "Always And Never / Welcome Home (AUDIO BED)"

Also there's going to be 3 versions of the album

1. A Deluxe Edition which includes a bonus 24 minute documentary feature on "The Making of NWFT" with interviews, footage from the studio, five never before heard acoustic demos, a booklet with scenes from The Amory Wars and over 50 photos from recent tours
2. A stripped version, containing just the CD and a slip sleeve cover
3. A double gatefold vinyl version, in which the album comes on 2 LPs, featuring artwork by Ken Kelley.

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Today's the day. Hopefully I can get over to BB on my lunch hour.
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pumped for this, BB has a great price and I'll be there at opening.
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Oh yeah? What's their price? I was just going because I had $10 in RZ certificates.
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Oh yeah? What's their price? I was just going because I had $10 in RZ certificates.
$11.99 for the deluxe!
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Wow. That is awesome. $1.99 for me!
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Yeah, I'll be going to buy the deluxe at BB in a little while. I can't wait!
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Sweet - i'll head over to best buy at lunch!
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Great deal at Best Buy.

This album follows the same C&C pattern for me: underwhelming at 1st listen, but gets better the more you play it. So far, I like it!
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I've been meaning to get into Coheed and Cambria. But can somebody explain why their first album was #2 in the story? That's always kind of confused me...

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