The Chariot
Wars and Rumors of Wars


2.0
poor

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
February 12th, 2010 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wars and Rumors of Wars delivers dissonance, but no substance and no source of intrigue for the listener.

It's a tedious chore to have to experience an artist constantly accept their flaws as a byproduct of their works. By being incapable, or just not desiring to hone their skills, these artists seem to never progress, or partake in regression. Even though this is an unfortunate event, time continues, and people will frequent and eventually exit the territory of genericness. Joshua Scogin seems to be the poster boy of this ill-fortune when it comes to the metalcore scene. Frequently plagued by the same problems, Wars and Rumors of Wars shows that Scogin is a bona fide case of either nonchalance towards his works, or his incompetence to write interesting, original music.

From the get go, it seems that dissonance and discord will yet again become an integral part of this album's structure. That assumption, as the album rolls on, proves to be entirely correct. Seething with rigid discord, The Chariot's Wars and Rumors of Wars is completely generic, haphazard, and raw. From the steadfast rhythms of “Teach” to the hollow breakdown of “Daggers”, it becomes evident that Wars and Rumors of Wars is void of any originality. Riffs are forgettable and recycled, the drums are painfully predictable, and any shifts in time signature are choppy and awkward. This leads to an aggressive sound that rarely ever shines. However, these highlights are apparent, and do improve the album's quality. For example, the aforementioned flurry of notes present at the beginning of “Teach” are used effectively. The start of “Daggers” while far less technical, gives off a rough, yet memorable feel. The flaw here is that neither track accomplishes the feat of being completely interesting and thus memorable. On both tracks, the vocals never leave a monotonous mid-range yell, the guitars churn out forgettable riffs, and the drums are nothing more than competent. However, all hope is not lost. “Ms. Montgomery Alabama III” shows The Chariot attempting more than one bland style of music. For the most part, they succeed. A droning cavalcade of instruments with portent lurking beneath its depths cannot save this album from being the poor effort that it is, as repetition becomes a key component of the auditory assault shown on Wars and Rumors of Wars.

Throughout every dissonant chord, every half-baked musical idea, and every glimmer of hope that washes away, there is The Chariot's third LP, Wars and Rumors of Wars. By making some of the most generic and chaotic metalcore released in the past ten years, Wars and Rumors of Wars accomplishes the feat of being an aural assault as generic as it is pugnacious. The utter lack of originality or disparity is appalling and the technical merit of the group is sub-par. Ergo, the album lacks substance, and is not interesting at all. Every component of Wars and Rumors of Wars is rehashed and does next to nothing to pique the listener's interest. Therefore, the album stands as one of the most unobtrusive releases of the ten years.



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Rationalist
February 12th 2010


880 Comments


Just a quick write-up.

TheSpirit
February 12th 2010


18001 Comments


good review as usual my friend.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2010


17945 Comments


had to read that first sentence like four times before i understood what you were saying

witchxrapist
February 12th 2010


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretentious review, and Josh Scogin didn't write this one.

Waior
February 12th 2010


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I thought the review was one of your better ones, the intro was quite nice.

This leads to a bellicose sound that shines ever so sporadically.


That however... find a different way to say it please

witchxrapist
February 12th 2010


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The first few sentences are really ill worded and awkwardly structured, js.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2010


17945 Comments


genericism isn't even a word

witchxrapist
February 12th 2010


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yo I took honors Engrish in 9th grade.

JulesWin
February 12th 2010


993 Comments


I wanna be all pretentious, write shitty reviews and use words that don't exist.
looks like this is the place for that

Rationalist
February 12th 2010


880 Comments


Chan, someone off sputnik here told me that it was, but after looking in the online dictionary, I now know that it's genericness. So thank you.

And hey, that's mean to say to someone not in ninth grade. Pershaw

witchxrapist
February 12th 2010


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Seriously bro fix yo intro.

Relinquished
February 12th 2010


25929 Comments


had to read that first sentence like four times before i understood what you were saying

JulesWin
February 12th 2010


993 Comments


who were the 2 whose pos'd this garbage?

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 12th 2010


3742 Comments


guys he's like 12 give him a break

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2010


17945 Comments


true that explains why he still likes screamo

JulesWin
February 12th 2010


993 Comments


"guys he's like 12 give him a break"

well he should've mentioned it so we could grade him on a curve


Rationalist
February 12th 2010


880 Comments


I did mention it. But okay, refuse to read a thread and then make two comments that were addressed earlier in this conversation.

By the way, I made this less pretentious and what not. So yeah.

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 12th 2010


3742 Comments


123 chan

and he's twelve guys he's fucking trying

JulesWin
February 12th 2010


993 Comments


ok sorry, would've graded on some kind of 12yr-old retard curve but this is your 51st review?!
you should know better by now

Rationalist
February 12th 2010


880 Comments


Chan gave Underoath's DTGL a 5. WTF.



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