Ahead of Coheed & Cambria’s upcoming full-length, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, the New York-based prog-metallers have released a brand-new single, “Old Flames.”
And if you’ve heard of the band’s previous works, then you’ll know that this song is nothing short of dramatic and spectacular. Running close to six minutes, the track opens with a melodic piano and acoustic guitar arrangement before the drums kick in, instantly jolting the song to life. “We all go up in flames, going out in style / And heaven help us if they’d ever let us live for just a little while,” frontman Claudio Sanchez sings on the chorus.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sanchez mentioned that he was heavily influenced by movie musicals such as Phantom of the Paradise while writing “Old Flames.” “I was trying to write something that sounded a bit more ’50s,” he explained. “I just sat behind my digital piano in my living room and constructed the opening piano sequence. I wrote it from there on piano—it wasn’t written on guitar. To me, it had a pretty powerful chorus.”
Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures arrives October 5. Listen to “Old Flames” here: