COHEED AND CAMBRIA are sharing a rare stand-alone track, titled “The Joke”, out now. This new song is plucked from their Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Waking Mind album sessions; the band are happy for it to finally see the light of day.

Singer Claudio Sanchez reveals, “The meaning behind The Joke is basically “if you need a punching bag, I’ll be that guy.”

The track is choicely paired with b-side “Deranged,” previously released in 2011 as part of the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack. “Deranged” focuses on the co-dependent relationship between Batman and The Joker. The song has been remixed and remastered for its return to DSPs after being away for a few years.

Both songs were mixed by Zakk Cervini and are available everywhere digitally via Evil Ink / Virgin Music. Stream both tracks here.

The official video for “The Joke” is sure to entertain fans of COHEED’s The Amory Wars universe, as it features fan favourite character “Al The Killer” being bullied by a nefarious prankster. Watch the video here or by clicking above.

The band are offering two coloured 7″ vinyl options at – swamp green & blood mix (limited to 2500) and coke bottle clear with blood splatter (limited to 1000). Revolver and Brooklyn Vegan will be offering an exclusive midnight blue & black split version, or you can nab an olive green with white splatter edition from Sanchez’s own label via

Speaking of The Amory Wars, the first issue of the final chapter of Sanchez’s revered sci-fi comic series is in stores now via Boom! Studios.

Look out for issue one of The Amory Wars: No World for Tomorrow!

Find your local comic book shop at

Purchase it online via

Fans hoping to catch COHEED AND CAMBRIA live in the USA this summer/autumn have multiple opportunities, with the group first co-headlining with PRIMUS and then heading out as special guests to INCUBUS. They also headline Alabama’s Furnace Fest, and will perform at When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas, where attendees will be treated to COHEED’s 2005 album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in full.

For tickets and more information on all COHEED AND CAMBRIA’s upcoming live dates, visit

Upcoming Tour Dates:

* = w/ Primus

# – w/ Incubus


12 – Redding, CA @ Redding Civic Auditorium *

13 – Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater *

15 – Idaho Falls, ID @ Mountain America Center *

18 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *

19 – Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield *

20 – Spokane, WA @ Pavilion at Riverfront *

22 – Bonner, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheatre *

24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center *

26 – Waite Park, MN @ The Ledge Amphitheater *

27 – Cedar Rapid, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre *

28 – La Vista, NE @ The Astro *

30 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center *


01 – Indianapolis, IN @ Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park *

02 – Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens Field *

03 – St. Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park *

05 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center *

06 – Columbus, OH @ Kemba Live! *

08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *

09 – Buffalo, NY @ Outer Harbor Buffalo *

10 – Big Flats, NY @ Tag’s Summer Stage-= The Budweiser Summer Stage at Tag’s *

12 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Broadview Stage at SPAC *

13 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point *

14 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *

16 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live! *

17 – Charlotte, NC @ SKYLA Credit Union Amphitheatre *

23 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena #

24 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena #

27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center #

29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden #

31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #


03 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena #

06 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #

07 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center #

09 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena #

12 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center #


04–06 – Princeton, AL @ Furnace Fest 2024

19 – Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Young 2024


Photo credit – E. Falconer

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