Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York. The group has been active since 1995, even though they did not bear the name Coheed and Cambria until 2001, when drummer Nate Kelley left the band. Before that, they were known as Shabtiyah. The musical style features aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore>.
The albums of Coheed and Cambria are concept albums revealing the plot of a story titled The Amory Wars written by singer Claudio Sanchez. The band has a total of seven studio albums, two live albums, and various special edition versions.
In March 1995, Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever dissolved the Toxic Parents group. They are joined by Nate Kelley and form the group Beautiful Loser, composed of Stever on vocals and guitar, Sanchez on guitar, Kelley on drums and Jon Carleo on bass. But the group does not last long because in June of the same year they separate for monetary reasons. Stever having left the group, he becomes a trio and renames Shabtie>. This name is taken from songs of the African tribe naked prey, in the movie Naked Prey. Sanchez becomes singer and guitarist.
The band spends almost a year experimenting with several musical styles, punk rock, indie rock, acoustic rock, funk and heavy metal. When Jon Carleo left the band in August 1996, Kelley recruited Michael Todd to take his place, and Todd, who was originally a guitarist, became a bassist >>>. Shabűtie was a very productive band, they already had a dozen songs and released a Plan to Take Over the World demo. In 1999, they released the EP, The Penelope, shortly after Stever re-integrated the band. They briefly change the name to Leader One, but they come back to Shabűtie due to fan dissatisfaction. The name Leader One will be used later by Josh Eppard for his solo project.