Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (often shortened to The Unheavenly Creatures) is the ninth studio album by progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. It was released on October 5, 2018, continuing the band’s Amory Wars concept. It is the band’s longest single album as of 2018.
“What we’re doing is weird,” Claudio Sanchez admits with a belly laugh. He’s referring to “The Amory Wars,” the gargantuan sci-fi saga that his band, prog-rock quartet Coheed and Cambria, have unfurled over the last 16 years. “Concept records in themselves are not weird, but for a band to continue a concept over their discography can be a little intimidating to somebody on the outside. It’s like a monthly issue comic book, like, ‘I don’t want to get invested into this 10 issues in. I need to know where to start. If I can’t get issue one, I’m just not going to read it.’”
Recorded between January and March 2018, The Unheavenly Creatures continues the band’s Amory Wars concept, unlike their previous album The Color Before the Sun. On May 31, 2018 the band released the first two tracks of the album, “Prologue” and “The Dark Sentencer”, on YouTube. The track listing and album artwork were released on June 22, 2018 after days of teasers depicting fragments of the art. The band released the song “Unheavenly Creatures”, which is the album’s third track, on June 28. On August 16, “The Gutter” was released and on September 27, “Old Flames” was released.