Embracing hardcore, metal, and progressive rock, Coheed & Cambria are an ambitious outfit led by songwriter / vocalist Claudio Sanchez, whose unique, high-range singing and epic lyrical concepts give the band its distinctive voice. Sanchez formed the nexus of the band in high school in Upstate New York in the mid-1990s, and the band released their first album in 2002. Thus began a seven album prog-metal saga about the "Coheed" and "Cambria" characters, a mythical married couple who have the responsibility of staving off Armageddon. Collectively, these recordings make up the "The Amory Wars." (Sanchez also detailed his story in comic books.) Two of the band's recordings are certified Gold. In 2015, the band issued The Color Before The Sun, their first outside the conceptual cycle.