Good Fight Entertainment
Released August 28th, 2012
Reviewed by Anthony Peronto
If there’s two things The Chariot is known for, other than an awesomely-dangerous live show, is that they’re consistently chaotic and creative. And with the metal scene suffering from a lack of creativity, it’s refreshing to let you ears bleed to the tornado that Josh Scogin and Co. bring on every album. If they weren’t “different” enough, according to an interview with Alt. Press, “…this one’s probably the weirdest record we’ve ever done.” After spinning One Wing several times (which doesn’t take too long), I can assure you that it is their weirdest album yet.
“Forget” drop kicks the album with their standard frenzied/tempo changing style and an out-of-breath Scogin that will cause many bruises in the moshpit. Electronic-screaming accompanies “Not” and leads to an early hymn/interlude in “Your” which is a rare moment of relief for the ears. The first surprising track is “First” which started off as the weakest song on the album until the halfway mark when it changes into the theme to a spaghetti western film complete with cracking whip. Ennio Morricone would be proud. Don’t worry though, it gets more uncanny as the album continues. The halfway mark in the album is the bizarre “Love” which features unsettling xylophone notes and clips of dialogue run forwards and backwards.
The second-half of One Wing begins with the simple and desperate “Speak,” with just a piano and Scogin’s passionate crying out that you can hear the straining in his voice. It is definitely one of the most memorable songs on the record. Soon enough the pace picks up with “In” that has hints of a choir and even features a dentist’s drill at some point in the song. After the slow but still frenzied “Tongues” is “And” which semi-addresses their style of music and features the band’s 2nd use of the song “My Home Town Atlanta” since “Calvin Makenzie” on their previous album Long Live. Extra points go toward the closing track, “Cheek,” which ingeniously uses Charlie Chaplin’s infamous speech from his film The Great Dictator (a spectacular film if you haven’t seen it). The speech fits perfectly into the album, the music slowly building to a peak that will bring a chill down your spine.
So far my favorite metal album this year, The Chariot delivers the goods in a genre oversaturated with clones. If you’re new to the unconventional and acquired-taste of The Chariot then give it a listen. But if you’re a fan of band, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with probably their best album yet.
- Not ft. Bryan Taylor
- Speak ft. Travis Sadler