Coheed and Cambria explore the deepest depths of progressive metal in their new song "The Dark Sentencer." Listen above on YouTube.
The song opens with soft piano before a narrator describes a cosmic event, paving the way for the music to follow. Pounding drums and jagged riffs accompany Claudio Sanchez's storytelling lyrics as the ten-minute song weaves through an adventurous prism of rock and metal. The band shared a detailed backstory about the song on their YouTube channel:
Years ago, chaos cut through this atmosphere. The fractured worlds that inhabit this space were once locked in a force of uncontrollable destruction. Gravity was lost. Their planetary trajectories conjoined in one catastrophic collision, choking to remain viable even as the dying glow of their cores peek through the cracks and scars of those impactful moments. Yet a gasp is a sign of life and the planets that many might have cast off as annihilated space continued to show a pulse across the hopelessness. This discarded earth is still very much alive…and made profitable by the 5 Houses of the Star Supremacy, an elite society who looked to the sky and saw potential in the wasted planets. The opportunistic approach could hardly be considered an act of empathy for the human condition, as the decision to convert the dying planets into private prisons meant another type of life sentence awaited those shipped off to their remote reaches. Here, the desolate and derelict would burn away slowly, trapped in a race to death with the very ground they stand on. In this space, between the Well and unknowing.
The song will be included on their upcoming album The Unheavenly Creatures, and will be out via Roadrunner on October 5, 2018. The band's most recent release was 2015's The Color Before the Sun.
Coheed will be heading out on a North American tour in July with Taking Back Sunday and The Story So Far. For concert tickets and more, check out Coheed and Cambria's Zumic artist page.