The new edition of Silent Earth comes out Oct. 21 and coincides with a North American headlining tour that begins Sept. 5 in Riverside, Calif., during which Coheed and Cambria will perform Silent Earth in its entirety. "There's been a desire for a re-release from our fans, so we thought, 'Why not?' " Sanchez explains. "With anything you do, there's always a moment for reflection where you wish you could've done something differently. I've always loved the idea of rediscovering these records. I was so young when we made [Silent Earth] and I know so much more [now] and I think I'm a much better musician and writer and everything now. I think short of actually re-recording it, this is the next best thing."
Then again, Sanchez says he's "never actually shut down" the idea of taking Silent Earth or any of Coheed and Cambria's other music back into the studio for a re-do. "If The Amory Wars [saga] was ever licensed for some other adaptation and there's a chance to revisit this music with that in mind, I'd be up for it," he says. But he adds that the original album -- part of Coheed and Cambria's Amory Wars saga and the launch pad for fan favorites (and radio hits) such as "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer" -- is tough to outdo, sentimentally if nothing else.
"It was the first time we actually got into a situation where it was going to be a record, whereas the record before [2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade] was very much a series of demos," Sanchez recalls. "We were still kind of fresh. We didn't have that professional sort of rock band attitude, and this was the first time we actually got to be conceptual and go into a studio that's got great equipment and really try to hone in on a sound. Second Stage was very much done in a bedroom, whereas [Silent Earth] had the production and the concept in mind. That was the stepping stone into what we do as a band."
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Sanchez and company are continuing to do that and, in fact, already have their eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2013's The Afterman: Descension, in motion. "I've been working on some material for the last year and a half or so when we were living in Brooklyn, which I found kind of inspiring and not so inspiring," says Sanchez, who's relocated to rural upstate New York with his wife and their nine-weeks-old son. "There's some interesting tunes I wrote down there with a perspective I couldn't necessarily get here in the country. It's veering off in a slightly different direction, but it's still Coheed -- not so much a direction as much as a feeling. There are songs about my son and about living on an island -- metaphorically in a city -- and feeling trapped and then returning to the vast openness of the country and feeling a relief there. There's a lot of those ups and downs, and tonality-wise it feels very open."
Sanchez -- who recently signed the New Jersey prog rock group Thank You Scientist as the first act on his new Evil Ink Records label -- says he's still writing but hopes to take Coheed and Cambria into the studio during January for a spring or summer 2015 release.