Coheed and Cambria rose from the US alternative scene during the early 2000s, offering a mix of fictional sci-fi lyrics and a barrage of sprawling, face-blasting riffs. New York native Claudio Sanchez launched the band in 1996 with Travis Stever on guitar, Michael Todd on bass, and Nate Kelley on drums. Kelley was soon replaced by Josh Eppard on drums, and the band's cult following grew with the debut album The Second Stage Turbine Blade and its gold-certified follow-up, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. Coheed and Cambria signed a major-label deal with Columbia Records and enjoyed commercial success with records like 2005's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (which charted at number 7 on the Billboard 200), 2007's Vol Two: No World for Tomorrow (number 6 on the Billboard 200), and 2010's Year of the Black Rainbow (number 5 on the Billboard 200). The band toured with Iron Maiden and replaced Todd with bass player Zach Cooper before the companion albums The Aftermath: Ascension and The Aftermath: Descension were released in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both albums reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 and were based on the character of Sirius Amory. Ditching the sci-fi concepts that anchored earlier records, Coheed and Cambria embraced a direct, sincere punk-pop thrash with 2015's The Color Before the Sun, then signed to Roadrunner Records and returned in 2018 with Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, an epic, prog rock behemoth that reignited the band's fictional narratives. Another concept album, Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Waking Mind, followed in 2022. The next year, debut album The Second Stage Turbine Blade returned to the Billboard 200, where it reached number 70.