The Chariot - The Fiancee

Published Wednesday 15th August 2007
The Chariot - The Fiancee
The Chariot - The Fiancee

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23331-12784
LABEL: Solid State TND49015
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2007-04-13
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tom Whitman

This full-length album from Southern hardcore act The Chariots is short and sharp, lyrically cutting and cryptic, packed full of violent imagery and quite simply hard. In fact hard is not enough to describe the searing screams that resonate from Josh Scogin's tortured larynx as he tackles materialism, death and the Nashville Christian music industry. And the razor sharp guitar sounds signal their own scream with great intent. One rock magazine's review suggested that the only clear reference to Jesus in this, their second release, are the two appearances of gospel singers. The gospel singers the reviewer referred to are the Sacred Harp Singers, modern exponents of the ancient shape-note singing of the American south. As it turns out, the Chariot's references to Jesus, while he is not explicitly mentioned by name, are still pretty blatant. "And Shot Each Other" includes the lyrics "How happy is a child of grace, who feels his sins forgiven/This world, he cries, is not my place/I seek a place in Heaven." Paramore singer Hayley Williams guests on "Then Came To Kill", providing hauntingly soaring vocals with Scogin's gritty and passionate delivery in the foreground. The only departure from pure and unadulterated hardcore is the final track "The Trumpet", which solely features the Sacred Harp singers. My only fear is that The Chariots are cementing their Southern tradition rather than working on a musically viable collaboration with the acapella group. However, this is not merely hardcore for hardcore's sake. Punk sensibilities are apparent in the lyrics, and the concurrent theme of the song titles displays a thoughtful approach to lyric writing.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Back To Back [Listen]
2. They Faced Each Other [Listen]
3. They Drew Their Swords [Listen]
4. And Shot Each Other [Listen]
5. The Deaf Policeman [Listen]
6. Heard This Noise [Listen]
7. Then Came To Kill [Listen]
8. The Two Dead Boys [Listen]
9. Forgive Me Nashville [Listen]
10. The Trumpet [Listen]

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