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Chiodos

From the cover of Alternative Press to a supporting slot on Linkin Park's 2008 North American arena tour, Chiodos hasknockedthe music worldon itscollective ear with the arrival of Bone Palace Ballet (Equal Vision Records). With a stunning #5Billboarddebut last September, the sophomoredisc by thecutting edge Michigan sextet affirms what loyal devotees of thegroup haveknown all along: Chiodos is inexorable.

Touted by the aforementioned Alternative Press as both "an arresting piece of post-modern musical art" and "afrighteninglymighty album ofexhilaratingmusicianship and ...read more

From the cover of Alternative Press to a supporting slot on Linkin Park's 2008 North American arena tour, Chiodos hasknockedthe music worldon itscollective ear with the arrival of Bone Palace Ballet (Equal Vision Records). With a stunning #5Billboarddebut last September, the sophomoredisc by thecutting edge Michigan sextet affirms what loyal devotees of thegroup haveknown all along: Chiodos is inexorable.

Touted by the aforementioned Alternative Press as both "an arresting piece of post-modern musical art" and "afrighteninglymighty album ofexhilaratingmusicianship and inspired lyrical introspection that plays out like an evening at somegloriousexperimental-hardcore cabaret," Chiodos' dramaticcharmsare on full display with the lush, keenly orchestrated BonePalaceBallet.

Be it the goth-tinged wallop of first single and video "Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)" or the roaring "BullsMakeMoney, Bears MakeMoney,Pigs Get Slaughtered," the sextet--consisting of vocalist Craig Owens, bassist MattGoddard,keyboardist/vocalist Brad Bell, drummer Derrick Frostandguitarists Jason Hale and Pat McManaman--makes brilliantpost-hardcore music that sounds innovative and feels the pain of everyone.

But that's not to say the follow up to 2005's fan-cherished 200,000-selling All's Well That Ends Well came effortlessly."Wewere feeling pressure,"keyboardist Brad Bell explains. "We went into the studio with tons of song ideas, but some of thesongswe had weren't entirely completed. Andthat was achallenge and it was a little bit intimidating." "There was one pointwherewe didn't keep one of the deadlines we had been given, and a lot of‘What ifs'started to bubble up," Goddard concedes."Ithink every band, no matter who they are, is afraid of that second record. It can make or break you.So wecouldn't helpbutfeel nervous..

But staying true to their vision and counting on the guidance of producer Casey Bates (Gatsby's American Dream,PortugalThe Man) paid off.Tracks likethe crushing, oft-maniacal "Teeth The Size Of Piano Keys" and the melodic, single-worthy "ALetter From Janelle" not only took shape, but alsobrought theband into a new realm. "Casey helped us sift throughthe ideasand make the songs the absolute best they could be," Bell asserts. "We couldn't behappierwith what we've done. Ithink it's arecord we can definitely be proud of and build from..

Anchored by virtuosic lead singer Craig Owens, the Chiodos frontman possesses a wide vocal range that's evidenced byhisperformance on theinvigorating, cabaret. laced "Is It Progression if a Cannibal Uses a Fork?" Owens' onstage persona isasstellar as it is unsettling, bolstered by thewordsmith's deeply poetic lyrics (Bone Palace Ballet takes its name from acollectionof Chuck Bukowski poems) and the singer's ability to careenfrom apitch-perfect melody to a blood-gurgling rant (see"If I CutMy Hair, Hawaii Will Sink").

And perhaps it's that widely eclectic formula and agility in switching sonic gears that allows Chiodos to maintain anaudienceas diverse as themusic theymake. The group's incendiary live shows at varied venues and events--from the worldfamousVans Warped and Taste of Chaos Tours to theBamboozleFestival --have reaped them an ever-bulging fan base drawnto theirdistinct fusion of emo, classic rock, hardcore, and progressive metal.

"I think our fans get something from our music that they can't find in other bands," Brad says of Chiodos' loyalfollowing."We're a little differentfrom whatpeople are used to." To which Matt adds, "We are very blessed. The dedicationthat ourfans, or the Chiodos Army as we call them, have towardus isphenomenal. It's exciting to see them get so stokedaboutsomething that we've created..

Whether it's Owens taking his nightly walk across the top of the crowd--as he did on the band's Fall '07 sold. outheadliningtrek--or guitarist PatMcManaman diving from the balconies of assorted venues, the fear that a member of the bandmight falland break a limb has been alleviated bythecomplete and utter trust Chiodos has in its fans. After all, the rock &rollacrobatics are all part of the group's ultimate goal: to give Chiodos fans aperformance that will stay with them. "We'regivingour fans an experience, a memory," Brad explains. "So if Craig goes walking out on top of thecrowd, orif one of us climbsuponto something, it's kind of thrilling. It gives people something to talk about and remember..

Armed with a video for "Lexington," lensed by director Josh Graham (Saves The Day's "The End", Underoath's "It's ADangerousBusiness…"), themen inChiodos are celebrating each milestone brought forth by the David Bendeth (Paramore,HawthorneHeights, Breaking Benjamin)-mixed BonePalace Ballet.So what was going through their heads when they dropped inat #5 onthe Top 200? "We never could have expected that kind of thing. We wereallshocked and excited by the news," Bradsays.

"You know, we're living proof that bands can promote themselves and get themselves out there without the help of amajorlabel," Goddardcontinues."Word of mouth and the internet were both big things for us. We toured our asses off forseveralyears and word got around about us. And wewound uphaving Equal Vision's highest charting record ever..

With their eyes on the Linkin Park trek and the rest of the world in 2008, Chiodos' founding keyboardist considers thesupportslot "a greatopportunity forus to have our music heard by 10,000 potential new fans each night." Adds Matt, "We'reChiodos.Here we are. Get Ready.' That's our attitude..

As Chiodos steps into the spotlight, one might assume they're a little apprehensive. They're anything but. "We'repsyched,"Brad acknowledges."We'vealways sort of had the dream of being a big band. I don't know if it will happen for us, butI'd belying to say I haven't thought about it..

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LPs
Devil
2014

2.8
223 Votes
Illuminaudio
2010

3.6
857 Votes
Bone Palace Ballet
2007

3.1
1,001 Votes
All's Well That Ends Well
2005

3.2
1,160 Votes
EPs
The Heartless Control Everything
2003

2.4
148 Votes
The Best Way to Ruin Your Life
2002

2.6
6 Votes
Compilations
Chiodos: The Essential Collection
2014

3
4 Votes
Bone Palace Ballet - The Grand Coda
2008

3.5
203 Votes
All's Well That Ends Well Re-Issue
2006

3.1
6 Votes

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