Release Date: Aug 28, 2012
Record label: Good Fight
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Contemporary Christian, Religious, Alternative CCM
Every bit as explosive, frenetic and plain brilliant as you’d hope... Every bit as explosive, frenetic and plain brilliant as you’d hope, The Chariot’s latest record has to be heard to be believed – as per usual. While feedback-drenched predecessor ‘Long Live’ upped the overall intensity levels, ‘One Wing’ is even more experimental in nature, featuring unearthly interludes and spaghetti western instrumentation (yes, really), a piano led pseudo-ballad and, naturally, more end-of-the-rope passion than a thousand regular albums.
Of all the bands that Converge have influenced over the years, the Chariot feel like one of the few that really get it. On their fifth album, One Wing, the Chariot avoid the pitfalls that have caught up many a band, striking just the right balance between technique and raw fury to create a sound that is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying. Too much in one direction and the songs become nothing but a breakdown fest; a nudge in the other direction and the listener is left to solve what is essentially a musical math problem written with downtuned guitars.
The Chariot have always been a band whose live show far overshadows their recorded output. That's not to say their albums have been bad, on the contrary, the group's chaotic, noisy metallic hardcore has always been pretty good, but it almost sounded restrained compared to the unhinged chaos of the Chariot in the flesh. Well, that gap has effectively been closed with One Wing.
Easily one of the most underrated acts in the extreme music underground, the Chariot have been unfairly lumped into many categories in their time, or, more realistically, were not paid attention to, but this Georgia-based band just don't care and they keep going, each album being more chaotic and less restrained. On this, their fifth, they continue to throw metalcore on its side by way of an extremely noisy, unhinged punk rock approach. You can practically see the group falling apart in the studio during the noise chaos of "in," while "Your" is simply serene female vocals (boldly placed as the third song).