Interview With Claudio Sanchez Of Coheed And Cambria During New York Comic-Con

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The annual New York Comic-Con blew through town earlier this month, and aside from wandering wander the floor and visiting booths, we scored an exclusive interview with Claudio Sanchez, frontman for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Coheed and Cambria[/lastfm] and creator of Evil Ink publishing.

Sanchez discussed what is in store for the band, his other current projects, and everything else that surrounds world of The Amory Wars.

Claudio has spent considerable time developing the epic alternate universe pertaining to his story arc: The Amory Wars, (a.k.a. The Bag.On.Line Adventures,) which unfolds a intertwining tale of science-fictional prophetic political uprising. As readers and fans of the band, we follow along with our protagonists: Coheed, Cambria & Claudio Kilgannon as they try to save Heaven’s Fence & the Keywork from the evil Key-mage, Wilhelm Ryan.

Each album released by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Coheed & Cambria[/lastfm] operatically depicts a separate chapter from this storyline, coming together to form some of today’s finest progressive rock.  Furthermore, each album corresponds with a book series published by Claudio’s company, Evil Ink Comics.

Radio.com: Now that we have heard & read the tales of The Second Stage Turbine Blade; In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth Three; The grand finale of Good Apollo I’m Burning Star Four; and come full circle with the most recent (prequel) The Year of the Black Rainbow…what is the future of Coheed and Cambria now that the saga is ‘complete’?
Claudio Sanchez: ”Well, the record is written, and we are recording in November. We will be staying within the world of the Amory Wars and go further into the past.  Fans should be excited WHO of the characters we have picked to follow in this prequel saga [but no specific spoilers YET!]) … I will say that it will hint & influence the pre-existing saga, and that it is all related.”
Radio.com: Was this all preconceived while conjuring the origin of Coheed and Cambria while writing in Paris?

Claudio Sanchez: “This is all new.  When I created the idea in Paris it was designed to be a trilogy and end with ‘In Keeping Secrets,‘ but when i created it there was no definitive conclusion to the overall saga so thats why I came up with the ‘Good Apollo 1&2‘ stories… but I always knew that I would tell a prequel/origin story to Coheed and Cambria but as far as how I am going to do it & who I’ve chosen, this is all very new.  And now I’m starting to plot out things for the future that will continue it.

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Radio.com:  What sort of validity have you found in the theories pertaining to the story/philosophy as concocted by the fans on the forum at fansite: Cobalt & Calcium… how accurate have they been in the past?

Claudio Sanchez: ”It’s been a while since I’ve read but back in the day it was interesting to me to see what some of their interpretations were even if they missed the mark… it was fun to see the excitement.  Every once in a while I will peek on there but for the most part there is so much to go through that I don’t want that in any way to affect what I’m doing at the moment. It’s very easy to go “oh yeah, well… they’re kind of missing the mark but…” I go in to see what people think but I try to avoid the theories.”

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