The eagerly awaited prequel to “The Amory Wars” tetralogy, ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ will be released in both a standard format and a special edition with behind the scenes DVD. In the USA, a 352-page ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ novel, penned by the band’s Claudio Sanchez and New York Times best-selling author Peter David will also be available.
‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ provides the long awaited prequel to the band’s four previous inter-related concept albums — ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’ (2002); ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3’ (2003); ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV’, ‘Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness’ (2005) and ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow’ (2007) - which comprise “The Amory Wars,” the conceptual narrative driving the band’s lyrics, penned by Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez. ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ is also likely to be the final installment of the narrative of “The Amory Wars.”
‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ is produced by Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction) and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool). According to Sanchez, “They have helped us evolve our sound to be more powerful and dynamic than ever and we think it’s definitely our best work to date.”
The new record features the studio debut of Coheed and Cambria drummer Chris Pennie, who has been playing alongside Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever and bassist Michael Robert Todd since 2007 and was featured on ‘Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition’, the CD/DVD box set documentation of the autumn/winter 2008 four-night stands during which the band played their catalogue in its entirety, one album per night, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London.