[The answer: d) All of the above. That is, the four-piece band fronted by Afro'd auteur Claudio Sanchez is a progressive rock band that delivers a grandiose, multipart sci-fi storyline with metallic force and the keen emotionalism of heart-on-sleeve emo acts. The major-label debut by the California band is the third in a continuing saga about a dystopian future in which the parents must kill their children to stamp out a plague. (The curious can check out the Sanchez-scripted comic books, available at www.coheedandcambria.com.) If that's not dark enough for you, there's a snazzy guillotine on the CD sleeve and song titles that include] Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial). ... Once Upon Your Dead Body.
I just think it's that we bring a lot to the table. There's the concept idea, which is very interesting and, again, I don't think has been done. Concepts have been done over a standard record, but not like this. And the songwriting is different. There are classic rock influences, and I think they come out more because the band has gotten better.
We had traces of our music that could be liked by the punk scene or the hardcore scene, ... But that was what people did with us; they said they could put us out on tour with anybody because 'nobody really knows what you guys are. You got some of this, you got some of that, it will probably work, let's see what happens.'