The Chariot
One Wing


4.5
superb

Review

by G.M.B. USER (18 Reviews)
August 28th, 2012 | 884 replies | 55,050 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Let us be heard, now it's our turn"

26 of 27 thought this review was well written

To me, there are few things more enjoyable in life than seeing a band/artist I like put on a live show. Whether it's the kind of live event that has me being shoved around in a large pile of frantically flinging bodies or the kind that has me staring totally transfixed at the people/person on stage, there's just something about the atmosphere that, quite frankly, cannot be matched. Being a part of a large multitude of people all present for the same reason, all screaming out lyrics, packing closest to the stage as possible, all moving to the ebb and flow of the music, it makes one forget about everything else in life except what's going on in that very moment. Few groups can match the intensity of a scene like this like Douglasville, Georgia's The Chariot can.

From the get-go, The Chariot have always been about giving their fans the most memorable experience possible, and at that, they excel. They are truly a spectacle to behold. Each member is seldom ever standing still, and at times it's hard to keep track of where they all are. They purposely play small stages in order to better their crowd interaction, and are frequently diving into the outstretched hands of their fans, all the while still playing. It's this experience that The Chariot try to capture on their albums.

Their first three outings, while still good, had a certain umpf lacking. When Long Live came out, The Chariot seemed to have gotten closer to that desired sound. The record was powerful, intense, gratifying, and had a great deal of staying power. It was a complete tidal wave of a record. But if you consider that record to be a tidal wave, then you could only call One Wing a tsunami. Everything here is bigger, better, and is exploding with that umpf factor.

Much like their other albums One Wing is a brief affair. While it is their longest so far, it still clocks in at a meager 30 and a half minutes, and it feels like it too. But in that short run time, The Chariot say all they need to say, and do all they need to do. The album is for the most part standard The Chariot fare, only more focused. Dissonance and chaos abound, the tracks fly by at a break neck pace, barely allowing the listener enough time to catch their breath before being pummeled by the next slab of bedlam. "Forget" is fast and frantic, constantly shifting from one melody to another at dizzying speeds. "Not" is slightly more melodic but still just as turbulent, and features a passage bordering on spoken word towards the end. "First" and "Tongues" rival that of Long Live's "The City" as The Chariot's best tracks to date. The former opens up much like any other song would, but stops mid song and launches into a western style section complete with horns, building in volume until Scogin's vocals return to close out the song. "Tongues" follows a similar pattern, with a middle section instead composed of pounding drums, soft piano, and Scogin's trademark howls.

The most surprising aspect with One Wing is the tracks "Your" and "Speak." "Your" provides a very brief moment of rest, and can only be compared (and might I add very loosely) to The Fiancee's "The Trumpet" by being void of any sort of discord and abrasiveness. Instead it is an organ-backed song that would be very fit to play to young children. But "Speak" is a different beast entirely. Backed by only a piano, Scogin bellows his most heart-wrenching, spine-tingling lyrics yet, and proves yet again why he is one of the best, if not the best harsh vocalist today.

One Wing is quite the ride. Everything The Chariot have ever done up to this point is perfected here. It's packed with that harsh abrasive style of metalcore that they're known for, but also shows that they are willing to step outside their comfort zone. Above all, One Wing proves that The Chariot, while already well ahead of most of the competition, are only just getting started.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
August 28th 2012



6651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Now if only they would come the fuck back to Ohio so I can see them again.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012



49971 Comments


So how bad is this?

Digging: Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

guitarnater
August 28th 2012



917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Soooo many 4.5s

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2012



10042 Comments


They're from Douglasville? Shit, that's two hours away from me.

Sweet review as always, man.

jesterhead92
August 28th 2012



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haven't stopped listening to this since my package came on Friday

ILJ
August 28th 2012



6651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I have to see them again soon. Most intense experience of my life.

RosaParks
August 28th 2012



14836 Comments


treb remember when you weren't an annoyingly negative, pretentious piece of shit


me neither

jesterhead92
August 28th 2012



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll be catching them on the Unbreakable tour, the Everytime I Die tour isn't coming my way unfortunately. All my favorite bands seem to skip out on Florida for some reason

ILJ
August 28th 2012



6651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The only ETID date even remotely close to me is on a school day, and its distance from me makes it a non-option.

Pretty fucking upsetting. It's one of the sickest lineups I've seen in quite some time.

jesterhead92
August 28th 2012



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First the Converge tour, now this one...at least I'll get to see them on Unbreakable, but I couldn't care less about the other bands on that tour.

ILJ
August 28th 2012



6651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shit yeah, gonna see Converge too. That's two days after I witness the spectacle that is GY!BE

Gonna be an insanely good couple days.

jesterhead92
August 28th 2012



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Screw you man, haha. Converge must be scared of Floridians or something.

AtavanHalen
August 28th 2012



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

could have eased off on the hyperbole a bit, but holy fuck this is a great lp

genuinely one of my favourite bands at the moment

Ponton
Emeritus
August 28th 2012



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

them riffs

RosaParks
August 28th 2012



14836 Comments


glad ur the only one that doesn't like them

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2012



10042 Comments


Is there a stream for this or something?

Ponton
Emeritus
August 28th 2012



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

me too god forbid i start a trend

RosaParks
August 28th 2012



14836 Comments


if you don't like this then you'd probably loathe Long Live

just a warning

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012



19623 Comments


Good review such a cool album

Digging: The Who - Tommy

Scoot
August 28th 2012



17714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rullllzzzz



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