Then, with Todd’s return and the recruitment of ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie, Sanchez and Stever decided to soldier on. But contractual entanglements prevented Pennie from recording on Coheed and Cambria’s fourth album, so the band borrowed Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins to complete "Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.”
Things finally stabilized by the time work began on "Year of the Black Rainbow,” with Pennie at the drum kit and the personnel lineup at long last solid. The album has just been released on disc and in a deluxe box set that includes a making-of documentary and a 352-page "Year of the Black Rainbow” novel penned by Sanchez and best-selling author Peter David ("Star Trek” novels, Marvel Comics’ "The Hulk”).
Coheed and Cambria is now on tour behind the album, and its devoted legions of fans are buying up all the seats at many of the venues along the route.
"We’ve been hungry to get out and play for people,” Stever said, "and I think the vibe with us and the crowd is really on right now. Not that it isn’t always, but we’re on a real high, just going out and playing these new tunes mixed with some old ones.”
But with the Amory Wars at an end, one wonders where C&C will turn next.
"The sky’s the limit,” Stever said. "We don’t know. You know, there are so many other places we could explore within the story. For Claudio, there are so many things within this universe that he’s developed. And also, we could just do a rock record, you know?”