UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH COHEED AND CAMBRIA
AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED:
UPCOMING DOUBLE CONCEPT ALBUM “THE AFTERMAN” WITH SPLIT RELEASE
FIRST INSTALLMENT, ‘THE AFTERMAN: ASCENSION’ TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 9
TORONTO SHOW CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER 20TORONTO (9 August, 2012) — Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company is pleased to announce an exclusive deal with modern progressive rock band, Coheed and Cambria and the release of their upcoming sixth studio album, The Afterman. The Afterman is a double concept album to be released in two separate full-length volumes. The band made the announcement last week on their official website. The first volume, The Afterman: Ascension, will be available on both physical and digital platforms October 9, 2012 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil, and distributed through Fontana/Ingrooves. The second volume, The Afterman: Descension is slated for release in February 2013. The trailer, a 90-second black and white classic film-noir style short, from director Robert Schober, depicts a cosmonaut preparing to leave his spaceship for a journey into a mysterious unknown; over an instrumental Coheed and Cambria musical bed. Watch the visual now at coheedandcambria.com. The band also confirmed a Toronto show on September 20 at The Mod Club Afterman. The tour starts September 13 in Kingston, NY. A deluxe version of The Afterman will include a hardcover coffee-table book with expansive art by Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with collaborative written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez and writer Peter David that will create a song by song experience. David previously worked with Sanchez on the prose novel adaptation of the band’s 2010 album Year of the Black Rainbow, and the graphic novel adaptation of their 2003 album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (which reached #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for graphic novels earlier this year). All of the band’s titles, including “The Afterman,” fall into a grand sci-fi story arc called ‘The Amory Wars.” It was announced previously at this month’s San Diego Comic Con that The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions to be developed into a live-action feature film. Musically, The Afterman sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes. The dual release also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006, bringing with him his benchmark percussive grooves. Coheed and Cambria self-financed and co-produced The Afterman, alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the band’s first 3 albums, in Woodstock, NY. The album was also mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, The Shins, Foster the People) and Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars). “This is without a doubt, the most honest record I’ve ever written,” says Sanchez. “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,” he continues,” 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 the (Amory Wars) arc, it allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.” Coheed and Cambria is currently on the road with metal legends, Iron Maiden. About The Amory Wars: An epic, sci-fi fantasy set in an alternate universe (Heaven’s Fence) that chronicles the rise of superhuman dictator Wilhelm Ryan, and the one family that could hold the key to liberating the world from his tyrannical reign. The mythology was originally created by Sanchez to serve as inspiration for the band’s albums, but the series expanded to other mediums, including both prose and graphic novels. About The Afterman: Sirius Amory, the most celebrated astronomer/scientist in the alternate universe of Heaven’s Fence is ‘‘The Afterman.’ Sirius (pronounced “Sy-ruhss”) is credited with the discovery of the energy force (known as The Keywork) that binds the 78 planets of these worlds together. He embarks on the greatest discovery of his existence, and possibly mankind’s. By doing so, what is truly most important to him begins to slip right through his hands.