In 2011 Coheed and Cambria was forced to deal with some serious issues relating to the band. Troubled bassist Michael Todd was arrested and eventually let go from the band following a drug robbery that occurred merely hours before going on stage to perform while on tour with Soundgarden. Then former drummer Chris Pennie announced he was leaving the band to pursue other musical interests.
While other bands would have probably re-evaluated their direction or other aspects, it seemed apparent Coheed and Cambria was to continue. With now half of the band gone, remaining band members Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever welcomed back past drummer Josh Eppard, who played on the band’s first three albums. Also still in need of a fourth member to complete the group, Zach Cooper was then recruited and welcomed as the band’s newest bass player. And now comes the newest release from the band in The Afterman: Ascension – an album that sounds like it brings together some of the old familiar sound mixed in with some of the new.