The Chariot - Long Live

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Experimental, Hardcore
Good Fight Music
The Chariot
Long Live
The Chariot - Long Live Review rating:
4
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Average: 4.3 (6 votes)

When musicians take the high road with originality, usually the result is a pleasing one. For The Chariot, the “high ground” includes incessant feedback and some of the rawest vocals screams ever heard, bending all the rules for metal ever set down. Ostentatious and unapologetically rough, The Chariot presents a collection of “songs” meant to crush every bone and have every ear exposed bleeding by the end. Having released three successful LP’s in the past, Long Live keeps the brutal, controlled chaos that made The Chariot stand out of the hardcore crowd completely.

With the odd track titles stemming from the 'Wars and Rumors of Wars' contest, the even tracks are segues that stem from the actual album title (Long Live ____), starting with the small and progressing outward physically, then moving to progressing spiritually. And boy, is it a wild ride. The atmosphere of the songs, even more so than their older albums, embraces a live and untamed presence. Josh Scogin has broken the Norma Jean chains and adopted the harshest, most emotive vocals of the genre to date. The opening track “Evan Perks” belts the line “disappointed? I know you are,” and that pretty much sets the pace of the album.

For diehard fans, The Chariot’s style need not be explained for this release. It is the same explosive, chaotic hardcore heard in The Fiancée and Wars and Rumors of Wars; done in just over 30 minutes, the album grazes Christian topics in creative ways, and is dotted with unusual elements. “Calvin McKenzie” faces an identity crisis with an oldies tune ending the song, and despite the switch to a live, analog recording, some digital footprints have been left behind simply to add to the chaos. “The Heavens” starts with a multi-tempo march and broken harsh vocals before ushering in a series of uneven, highly distorted chords. “The Earth” is a stampede of slamming guitar riffs, and all the while the band explores all sorts of singing styles, from a southern twang heard in “David De La Hoz” to a cadence, poetic dissertation run-on opening “Andy Sundwall”.

Overall, the album is impressively cohesive and destructively wild. Long Live ventures into uncharted metal territory, blending unstructured rhythms with a half hour of earnest pleas that can only be described as bone-shattering. Here is yet another band that gives Christian metal a good name, and with such a history already, long live The Chariot.

1. Evan Perks
2. The Audience
3. Calvin McKenzie
4. The City
5. And Sundwall
6. The Earth
7. David De La Hoz
8. The Heavens
9. Robert Rios
10. The King

There are five bands with a similar name:

1. "The Chariot"

The Chariot is a metalcore band signed to newly formed label Good Fight Music after putting out their prior three studio albums through Solid State Records. The Chariot was formed in 2003 by ex-Norma Jean front man Josh Scogin.

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