Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, moved nearly 1 million units; their latest, 2015’s The Color Before The Sun, marked the band’s first record unaffiliated with the Amory Wars story line. Nonetheless, Sanchez’s heartfelt songwriting coupled with the band’s strong musicianship was well-received, and may have opened the door for new fans not as intrigued by (or entrenched in) the Amory Wars story line.
Named for the protagonists in the comics of the same name, Coheed and Cambria blend progressive rock with riveting narration. Most of the band’s catalog is set in the Amory Wars universe, which parallels a series of comic books penned by vocalist Claudio Sanchez in which the titular characters fight for Heaven’s Fence and the 78 planets it contains. Both as a marketing tactic for Sanchez’s graphic novels and as a standalone outfit, Coheed and Cambria — the band — has been wildly successful. Their most successful album to date, 2005’s