When it comes to science fiction and fantasy, there is one medium that is often overlooked: music. Movies, book, and video games have typically gotten more attention, mostly because most people don’t focus on the story of a song or album. However music has been a part of science fiction and fantasy since at least 1968 when Zager and Evans released their only hit, In the Year 2525.
I was originally going to do a single article about SF/F music. However that turned in to a confusing/boring mess. So I’ve split it up into a series of articles about the different bands that have incorporated science fiction and fantasy into their music.
First up: Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria’s music is all based on a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez called The Amory Wars. The story follows the characters of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon and, later, their son Claudio.
Without giving away too much; the story is somewhat similar to Star Wars, albeit much darker, particularly in respect to the fates of (the character)Claudio’s siblings.
Also, like Star Wars, the middle installment of the story (Second Stage Turbine Blade) was the first to be released. After finishing the story from there, they released the first chronological part of the story (Year of the Black Rainbow) which tells the story of the main villain’s rise to power. Afterward they went further back and released a prequel to the main story, The Afterman, which tells the story of Dr. Sirius Amory.
Along with their music, The Amory Wars has also been adapted into a series of graphic novels by Evil Ink.
For those interested the chronological order for their music is:
The Afterman Assention/Decention
Year of the Black Rainbow
Second Stage Turbine Blade
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Part One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (which steps outside the main story and tells the story of the writer and his decent in to insanity)
Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Part Two: The End Complete.