You don’t need to know what was going on at the time to appreciate the heavy handed measurements of each song on this record. The Chariot goes balls to the wall, as it were, with stop, go, stop, go style metallic hardcore. There are some outstanding riffs found on this record, but it’s the palm muted, distortion fueled chaos that makes this record so compelling. The guitar work from Dan Vokey and Brian Russell Taylor stand out, even when you can’t tell where the bass guitar is in the mud of the guitars that pummel your senses on each track. If the guitar and vocal wall of noise doesn’t compel you, pay close attention to the drumming that David Kennedy creates here. There’s chaos, and there’s unity with the sounds, driving the songs like a pendulum from jazz era technique to stand alone hard rock drumming.
The stand out track for me is none other than, “Impress”, which is only 2 minutes long, but has a very melodic guitar framework to offset the incredible roar that Scogin presents alongside a deluge of heavily distorted, bass heavy noise. It’s the ending elements that really compel, like the end of a Bible reading at an orthodox church. The Chariot’s “Wars and Rumors of Wars” is a standout hardcore record from 2009, and really adds gasoline to the heavy music that Solid State Records has put out. Even though it was released in 2009, the production values and songs stand tall amidst more accomplished bands from the same era, and genre.