Coheed And Cambria
Although Coheed and Cambria had been churning out an effective blend of metal-tinged indie rock since the mid-1990s (occasionally under the name Shabutie), their explosive debut didn't drop until 2002. That record, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, took hold of a devoted group of fans who like their punk dark, literate and complex. Word-of-mouth about the record built the band a following, as did the constant touring. Their follow-up, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, showed a love of progressive rock, glam and new wave, which made the band even harder to pigeonhole. For 2005's Good Apollo: Vol. IV, the group became a twin-guitar-blazing prog-metal band with a background in punk rock. Adding a sort of frenetic, spastic intelligence to the oft-perceived single-mindedness of the Warped Tour brigade, Coheed and Cambria keep the fringe alive and dangerous.