Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Chariot The Fiancee Review

Stop, go, stop, go, stop, bring in the roars, and then break down everything with a frenetic chaotic scream. That’s what you get when you put on The Chariot’s 2007 disc “The Fiancee”, and it’s one of the best metalcore records to come out of the Solid State Records camp in a long time. Not that it’s new, but for you that didn’t follow Josh Scogin’s departure from Norma Jean, you will definitely find this to be one of the most epic records to come out of the past 9 years. This is the second full length from the band, and everything about it was artistic.

The band received a Dove Award for best artwork the following year because of the intricate packaging that melted steampunk with modern design, and paper that was definitely intriguing. Aside from that, the band purposely named their tracks in a poetic fashion, creating even more art to complement the frenetic chaos that is the record.

Overall, The Chariot’s sophomore album is one of the hardest hitting metalcore albums I’ve ever heard. It features 30 minutes of music, and each track blends into another. The palm muted, dropped tuned guitar work has a duality to it, but it’s Scogin’s roar and the amazing drum work that makes this one of my favorites. The Chariot’s drummers have always been stand outs, with incredible timing and precision to make the wall of guitar noises fit into the frenzied vocal styling that made Scogin a household name in the hardcore scene.

If you haven’t picked up The Chariot’s sophomore record, then I encourage you to do so. It’s definitely one of their finest releases. It has so much weight to it, and while it’s not artistically the same kind of push that “Wars and Rumors of Wars” had in the physical release department, it is definitely not a sour spot for the band. I love it.

You can download The Chariot’s “The Fiancee” by clicking here, or not, what do I care.

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