Coheed and Cambria return to their epic story of the “Amory Wars,” exploring the sci-fi world of characters Nia and Nostrand and their child Vaxis. Trapped on the prison planet “Dark Sentencer,” the two must escape together. “The Heavenly Creature” is an expansive concept album that can only be fully understood after multiple listens and with some of the paper material printed alongside the band’s discography in novels and comic books. The rest of the Vaxis saga is continued on the next album, “A Window of the Waking Mind.” Even if you don’t know all the story, it’s a charismatic metal album easily enjoyed by any rock fan.
Emo of the early 2000s produced many weird song names, but few can measure the weirdness of prog metal band Coheed and Cambria. They’ll write an epic 8-minute track and call it something like “Entitled Creature Operation: The Man Eater’s Daughter.” Initially, the band was called Shabutie and formed in the mid-'90s. But inspired by a trip to Paris, lead vocalist and brains of the project, Claudio Sanchez, renamed the band to the two main characters of his “Amory Wars” story. Based on his parents, the story would follow the couple through sci-fi stories of legendary proportions captured in the band’s albums and in comic books and novels. Their grand vision, untouchable talent and surprising lyrical depth have made them a massive dedicated fanbase worldwide.