Coheed and Cambria have come a long way since they were screaming about devils in Jersey City on their debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade. While it might be hard to explain to the uninitiated that this falsetto’d post-punk-turned-prog-rock band’s discography encapsulates one giant, epic science-fiction tale that involves robots, destructive viruses, intergalactic warfare, a meta tragic love story involving the writer of the tale, a demonic bicycle, and a dog named Apollo, their music, throughout its maturation process, has always delivered and impressed.

Claudio Sanchez and his bandmates have taken on a fair amount of different sub-genres falling under the rock flag during the span of their musical career, with each passing album of theirs experimenting with diverse new styles. With “The Afterman,” the second single off The Afterman: Ascension, they tap into an almost Explosions in the Sky level of expansive, climactic musicality. The delayed guitars and strings that frame Claudio’s soft vocals create a walking dream of a song, and the music video’s pastoral beauty suits it to a tee.

The Afterman: Ascension is the first release of a double album that will be completed when The Afterman: Descension is released February 15th.

STREAM: Coheed And Cambria – “The Afterman”