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[[caption-width-right:350:The Band[[note]]Left-Right: Zach Cooper, Josh Eppard, Travis Stever, Claudio Sanchez[[/note]]]]
-> ''I would do anything for you''
-> ''Kill anyone for you''

Coheed and Cambria is a prog rock band from New York, not a kind of cigar. Their concept albums tell a science fiction story taken directly from ''The Amory Wars'' comics, written by Claudio Sanchez (the lead singer).

Each studio album corresponds to a chapter in the comics, and they were released in more or less the same order.

Here's a list, but, be warned, [[WordSaladTitle the titles]] [[LongTitle are ridiculous]]:
* The Second Stage Turbine Blade (2002, technically the second part of the story)
* In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)
* Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (2005)
* Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow (2007)
* Year of the Black Rainbow (2010, a prequel)
* The Afterman: Ascension (2012)
* The Afterman: Descension (2013)

Like most music projects that involve telling a story, it's halfway between Plot, What Plot? and MindScrew, though the comics help to tell a coherent narrative (though as you'll see below, it can get hard to follow anyway).

The current line-up consists of:
* Claudio Sanchez - Vocals, Guitar
* Travis Stever - Guitar, Backing Vocals
* Zach Cooper - Bass, Backing Vocals
* Josh Eppard - Drums, Backing Vocals, Samples

The tropes below cover both the band and comics for convenience's sake.
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!!This band and comic provide examples of the following tropes:
* AdultFear: Coheed and Cambria are forced to [[OffingTheOffspring kill three of their four children early on]], with the youngest (the twins, Matthew and Maria) getting poisoned and the oldest (Josephine, who had recently ''gotten engaged'', and shortly after, ''gang raped while her fiancé is beaten'') getting ''beaten to death with a hammer.'' The second oldest, Claudio, was out with his girlfriend when it happened, and when he gets home [[spoiler: he finds Josie dead on the kitchen floor.]]
* AlienSky: Shown on the second page of the new comics, with several planets clearly visible.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: It has been mentioned Ambellina was cast out by the other Prise, but for reasons unknown at the moment.
** Year of the Black Rainbow suggests that it's a combination of her own choice, and a punishment for acting against Paranoia's instruction.
* ArcWords: Some variant of "What did I do to deserve this?" appears at least once in every album since ''In Keeping Secrets''. The comics [[RetCon retcons]] this into ''Second Stage Turbine Blade'' as well.
** The lyrics to four different songs in ''Good Apollo Vol. 1'' mention "one kiss/one last kiss."
* ArcNumber: Three.
** There's a song called 33,
** Another song by The Prize Fighter Inferno--Claudio S's side project--is called 78, a multiple of three,
** 78 is also the number of planets in the Keywork
** The Organization KBI had three members, not to mention three letters.
** 21:13 is a bonus track on IKSOSE3. According to WordOfGod, 21:13 is the time Claudio was supposed to be home by. It's essentially "Everything Evil" from Claudio's point of view.
** There are many more than this...
*** But just to mention one of them: the planet where it all started is called 'Silent Earth: 3' (which, chronologically, is the band's ''third'' musical installment in the Amory Wars saga).
* ArtificialHuman: The IRO-Bots.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Yeah, viruses? They don't work like that. At all. To be fair, reality doesn't seem to be quite the same in Heaven's Fence. Especially considering that this is [[spoiler: fiction within fiction]].
* ArmCannon: Coheed's right arm is revealed to actually be a large gun.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Coheed and Cambria's children (Mathew, Maria, and Claudio) are named after Claudio Sanchez and his siblings. He has stated that naming the characters after real people (particularly Newo Ikkin, named after his then-girlfriend Nikki Owen, and Claudio, named after himself) is his biggest regret with the project.
** Count the number of attractive blonds; this can't be a coincidence: Claudio K's girlfriend, Newo, is blond; A minor character mentioned in passing in the novel Year of the Black Rainbow is said to have blond hai; the Prise are a race of blond women.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Coheed again, his left arm features a number of curved blades.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: the villain [[MagnificentBastard Wilhelm Ryan]].
* CapitalLettersAreMagic: it distinguishes The Fence from...a fence.
* CharacterTitle: Coheed and Cambria are two of the main characters. The band used to be called Shabütie for whatever reason before their first drummer left.
* TheChosenOne: Claudio Kilgannon is the Crowing, a prophesied god-like savior. It makes sense in a weird way, since even within the story, he is the AuthorAvatar of the Writer.
* ConceptAlbum: Like Music/BlueOysterCult, more a concept band (though we'll see what they'll do when TheAmoryWars comics are done)
* ContinuitySnarl: Okay, first there were albums. Five of 'em, now. Add in two different comic adaptations (one discontinued after the second issue). In Second Stage Turbine Blade, there are differences between the album and comic story. Now, there's also a graphic novel version of the third album, Good Apollo Volume One, which may or may not follow the original comics. Also, there's a novel version of the prequel album that doesn't fit entirely into the comic continuity, and the author has hinted at the possibility of turning all the albums into books. Which means that there are three continuities:
** The albums
** The comics, plus two discontinued series, plus retcons throughout the first two volumes of the current series
** The novels, which, if they are written, will be in a slightly different timeline.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Year of the Black Rainbow''
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''33'' for Patrick, and, according to Claudio S., the first three vocalized songs in ''In Keeping Secrets'' for Sizer.
* DownerEnding: both volumes of the comic: Volume one has a minor downer ending, with [[spoiler: Coheed and Cambria being ready to die, and]] everything looking generally not good. However, Volume Two has [[spoiler: Coheed and Cambria dead after disrupting the Keywork, the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Prise]]]] apparently mostly dead after they sacrifice themselves [[spoiler:to fix the Keywork, the resistance torn apart, their leader Mariah dead, WellIntentionedExtremist Inferno (at least, judging by the flash-forwards) somewhat insane, and Claudio Kilgannon, the Keywork's saviour,]] bitter and apathetic, simply living his life out in a sewer. The villains have lost a single named character, [[spoiler: Admiral Crom, whose resurrection (possibly [[WildMassGuessing as a giant robot, judging by a couple images in the ''No World For Tomorrow'' lyric book]] is strongly hinted at.]]
** Averted in ''Year of the Black Rainbow'': [[spoiler:The main bad guys all survive (though they still get the crap kicked out of them), but the KBI destroy House Atlantic, the Prise decimate the URA fleet, the Black Rainbow disappears, and Inferno gives Coheed and Cambria the opportunity to have a normal life.]] Of course, considering how the rest of the series plays out, this is little comfort in the long run.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: With the song titles "Apollo I: The Writing Writer" and "The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court"
** Everything Evil has an "inspecting inspector." Let's just say that the band really likes its Xing Xs
* EliteMooks: The Onstantine Priests
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: What can we say? Claudio Sanchez is a very handsome man.
* EvilOverlord: Wilhelm Ryan
* FacelessMooks: The Red Army
* TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles: Many album titles to choose from.
* AGodAmI: Coheed, [[spoiler: when the Monstar activates.]]
** And, apparently--though we must wait until the comics eventually come to the fourth album--[[spoiler: Wilhelm Ryan and Claudio Kilgannon.]]
** And, even more so, the Writer, who is the god of the [[AlienSky Keywork]]
* {{Gorn}}: The ''Year of the Black Rainbow'' novel has quite a few gory deaths.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Cambria has traces of Mage DNA; this is suggested to be the source of her PsychicPowers.
* TheHeroDies
* HollywoodCyborg: Coheed (and possibly other IRO-bots), Crom, and Deftinwolf.
* ICallItVera: Al the Killer's rifle, "The Faint of Hearts"
** Jossed, when he meets Claudio it's revealed that was the name of the bar.
* IronicEcho: "What did I do to deserve this?"
* LyricalDissonance: "Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops!" is but one of many...
** The whole of ''Willing Well II: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness.''
** "Goodnight, Fair Lady" has a catchy, upbeat tune. It's about slipping someone a mickey.
** "The Devil in Jersey City" is a fairly upbeat song about gang rape.
** "Number City" is pretty upbeat.....for a song about a car accident.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: Since their songs all (allegedly) follow the same plot as the comics, and most of their videos... well... don't, this is a given.
* LongTitle: ''The Second Stage Turbine Blade'' and ''In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3'' aren't ''too'' bad. But then there's ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'' and ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow''
* MadGod: The omnipotent Writer doesn't just have conversations with his bicycle; he actually ''follows its editorial advice''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their songs are 6-7, with the rest at around 5.
** 'Wake Up' is about a 1.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: While they are often associated with prog-rock/prog-metal, they also incorporate elements of alt-rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, indie rock, emo, space rock, hard rock, and pop rock among other genres.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Year of the Black Rainbow'' most definitely, but it could be argued that every album is a significant change. To be specific:
** ''The Second Stage Turbine Blade'' was an odd fusion of progressive metal, emo, post-hardcore, and indie rock ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch%3fv=e26qluhYQyw No, really]].) Which of those genres got the most emphasis depended on the song.
** ''In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3'' featured a more straightforward progressive metal sound, with the majority of the emo influences toned down (with the exception of a couple songs, such as "Blood Red Summer").
** ''From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'' was lighter and less prog-metal oriented, with the obvious exception of "Welcome Home", instead sounding more like alternative rock with progressive leanings towards the end.
** ''No World for Tomorrow'' shifted back towards progressive metal, albeit a bit heavier and with better production. The melodies were also less bright and Claudio's voice got lower, though the latter change arguably came in on the previous album.
** ''Year of the Black Rainbow'' featured a much darker, less melodic style of prog-metal, with industrial rock and space rock influences thrown thoughout. This change is part of what makes this album the black sheep of the band's main discography.
** ''The Afterman: Ascension'' went back to the sound of ''NWFT'', and ''Descension'' was on the lighter side and features a more alternative sound, but in a distinctly different way from ''FFTTEOM''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Josephine]]'s body contains the Monstar antidote. Guess who gets killed by [[spoiler:Coheed]].
* OffingTheOffspring: Coheed and Cambria do this early on by poisoning their two youngest children, beating their injured older daughter to death with a hammer, but never get a chance to kill their other son...because they realize that [[spoiler: [[MindScrew their children weren't infected with a disease that would kill the Keywork]]]]
* OneOfUs: Claudio. All the way
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The blue-skinned, blond-haired Prise
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: The souls of the Keywork are trapped as zombies.
* PowerTrio: KBI (The Knowledge, Cambria; the Beast, Coheed; and the Inferno, Jesse)
** Also connected to ArcNumber above, with the number three
** Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan, General Mayo Deftinwulf, and Admiral Veilar Crom are another trio. Also, others may exist (possibly Claudio Kilgannon, Ambelinna, and Inferno on the third album?)
* ProgressiveMetal
* PsychicPowers: Coheed's wife Cambria has telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance...
** And Claudio (the character, not the singer) also has some form of PsychicPowers
* PsychoSerum: For [[PersonOfMassDestruction the Beast]][[spoiler: in the syringa dragonfly stinger]].
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Happens slightly in ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness.''
** [[spoiler: "My God is a coward!"]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Played straight?...and, uh, averted? Really, it's a bit confusing. First, you have [[PersonOfMassDestruction The Beast]], also known as Coheed Kilgannon. He's stated to be the Helionaut ("Sun Sailor", whatever that actually means), and is told he is "man's stab at defying god". This stab comes in the form of being able to destroy the Star Transformers creating the big blue glowing net of Heaven's Fence. This seems to be a blasphemy, naturally, since God doesn't want his precious Fence destroyed. Enter son Claudio, who has the powers of the Crowing, which means he is [[PersonOfMassDestruction a Messiah]]. His powers include (apparently) some of his mother's ESP, especially clairvoyance, the unique abilities to become invisible and intangible and bring the dead--briefly--back to life, and (though seemingly for unrelated reasons that his father has) the power to destroy these Star Transformers. Which is in God's plan. Yeah, we have trouble following it too.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "A Favor House Atlantic" is not actually called "Good Eye Sniper", OR "Bye Bye Beautiful".
* {{Retcon}}: The first album's comic adaption has numerous differences:
** Claudio K is no longer suicidal.
** Ambellina appears here, rather than later in the series.
** Patrick is killed by an Onstantine Priest, rather than by a car crash as the album implies.
** Between the two volumes of the Second Stage Turbine Blade arc, the switch in artists has resulted in slightly different character designs, as well as Coheed's arm blades switching direction to curve forward, now matching the comic book covers.
* RobotWar: The video for "The Broken". Also, the video along with some established background information suggests that the war preceding the series was a RobotWar.
** Turns out there was no RobotWar...yet.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Founding bassist Michael Todd was sacked from the band in 2011 after being arrested for [[http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2011/07/11/coheed_and_cambria_bassist_accused_of_oxycontin_theft/ armed robbery of a pharmacy]], hours before the band was to open for Music/{{Soundgarden}} at a nearby arena.
* ShoutOut: Many to ''StarWars'':
** When Claudio is on the garbage ship, the narration mentions that he'll be fine unless the walls start to move.
** Admiral Crom looks a lot like Bobba Fett, Comicbook/IronMan, and a [[Series/BattleStarGalacticaReimagined Cylon.]]
** Although the line has been altered somewhat in the rerelease, Cambria says a few things that sound like lines from Franchise/StarWars.
** 2113 is named in homage to Music/{{Rush}}'s album ''2112''.
** The Prize Fighter Inferno's song "Elm Street Loverboy" is about [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The main title of songs 7-9 on In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 is either "The Velourium Camper" or "The Camper Velourium"--the original CD and many websites list it as "Velourium Camper", but the re-released CD and official website list it as "Camper Velourium."
* VocalDissonance: Claudio (the singer) honestly sounds like a girl in some of his songs. A Favor House Atlantic is a pretty good example of this.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Used in a few songs, most noticeably ''"The Velourium Camper III: Al The Killer"''
* WellDoneSonGuy: Poor, poor Sizer.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Jesse "Inferno" Kilgannon, all the way:
-->"These worlds need a hero...and I burn the [[ArtificialHuman pro]][[TheCorpsIsMother to]][[KillerRobot ty]][[SuperSoldier pes]]."
* WordSaladLyrics: Considering that their songs follow a plot based directly on a series of comics, this isn't surprising.
** One example of WordSaladLyrics: 'You're frightened of leaving this truly gone fishing amalgam' Makes a bit of sense if you think about it, but still messed up.
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