Coheed and Cambria have announced details of their new album Vaxis II: A Window to the Awakened Mind. The new album is set to be released in May 2022. It’s a thirteen-track epic that was produced by the band’s Claudio Sanchez and Zakk Cervini. The group launched pre-orders for the album and a limited edition box set on their website.
Vaxis II: A Window to the Awakened Mind is the second installment of the five-part “Vaxis” arc about a couple fleeing tyrannical forces. The album’s limited-edition deluxe box set includes the exclusive 96-page hardcover illustrated novel “A Window of the Waking Mind” which was developed by Sanchez and written by his wife Chondra Echert with stunningly realistic color illustrations by Chase Stone. According to BrooklynVegan, the album “finds the band embracing their love of classic heavy metal riffing, before exploding into the kind of soaring chorus Coheed has been churning out since day one…they sound so damn inspired.”
Coheed and Cambria will celebrate the upcoming LP with “The Great Destroyer Tour,” a US tour that will feature support from special guests Sheer Mag. The tour is set to kick off Feb. 16 in Pioneertown, Calif., and run through mid-March, taking place mostly in intimate clubs.
In August 2021, Coheed and Cambria released a music video for their track “Shoulderswhich was the lead single from their tenth album. The track opens with an electric guitar solo before the aggressive industrial rock production kicks in. Claudio SanchezThe soft voice of is able to clearly articulate the message of the song about fighting against non-conformity to societal norms or trends. The band also made an appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI in September 2021.
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