Noisy hardcore mob The Chariot return with fourth full-length ‘Long Live’. They have built up a huge following within the hardcore circle, and their last release ‘Wars And Rumors Of Wars’ was a big success. Their brand of no holds barred, chaotic, aggressive hardcore is something that not many other bands can match, and their sound is original and raw. This makes for a listen that is full of pure anger and hate, yet The Chariot manage to avoid the “I hate everyone” clichÃ©s that are evident with too many bands today and have made a sound that can’t be recreated.
First song ‘Evan Perks’ starts with a lot of feedback, but then explodes into loud disorder where the guitars chug and squeal while the vocalist Josh Scogin (formerly of Norma Jean) screams again and again “Disappointed / I know you are” over the guitars tuning in and out while the drums beat slowly away to slow the pace down for a truly sombre effect which gets the point across. The lyrics alone show the pure fury that ruptures out of this song, and it’s the best opener to an album they have ever done. ‘Calvin Makenzie’ has a groove that is in the vein of Converge, the breakdowns are heavy as hell and dissonant chords make for an uncomfortable and hostile sound: something that the band thrives off. The sample that pops up adds an unsettling feeling too. It’s from a song that is probably from the 60’s and it’s happy, bright and wouldn’t look out of place in a cereal advert. This plays off the plain raw power that The Chariot are all about very well. It brings to mind their older material, yet their newer sound seeps in too and shows how far the band have come.
‘The Earth’ is a song that is more doom-metal than anything else. It is full of slow riffs, nasty, snarling vocals, high hats being pounded at and this creates the most hate-fuelled song on the album and it’s going to be a song that will be awesome live. The guitars are more technical than the rest on offer here, and it would be a great candidate to be released as a single. It shows the band going in a different direction, but not straying too far from the path that they have become accustomed to walking on. ‘The Heavens’, a clock ticking away while a huge breakdown festers away in the background and a drumbeat seeps in too. That is until the vocalist splinters open the sound and ushers in the guitars, which soar and fall while still providing a groove that will allow moshpits in a live setting. It is very possibly the tightest song on the album and at one of the shortest (2:12), it’s a furious addition to the already resent-filled album.
Album closer ‘The King’ ends things on a great note. Trumpets are evident on this song, and they work extremely well with the constant and rising drumbeat and sinister guitar hooks. Josh/b> yet again screams so hard that it makes you wince to imagine the amount of demand he puts on his throat. It’s a song that sums up the rest of the album: brimming with passion, anger, bitterness and pure attitude.
The Chariot are a band that have got a reputation for releasing quality hardcore material, and with ‘Long Live’ they only carry on that routine. It’s awesome to hear a band producing music to such a level, and it stands easily as one of the best hardcore releases of the year.
Written by Rhys Milsom
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