The Chariot
Everything Is Alive, Everything Is...


4.0
excellent

Review

by calmrose USER (4 Reviews)
September 16th, 2016 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Back on the saddle

When vocalist Josh Scogin belts ‘This ain’t my first rodeo’ to begin this album, it’s hard not to imagine these words as a nod towards his former band Norma Jean and their debut album, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child. It’s hard to separate this album and the former, as Scogin had left Norma Jean only a year prior to the release of this. In many regards, this is Scogin’s follow-up to Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, but also the debut album of a new band ready to establish itself as front-runners in the metalcore genre.

Absurd title aside, Everything is Alive, Everything is Breathing, Nothing is Dead, and Nothing is Bleeding pummels its listeners in just under 30 minutes of muddied, distorted riffs and feedback. As with Norma Jean’s Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, this album was recorded live and without overdubs, giving it a raw and unpolished feel. The album feels very much like a live performance. What the band plays is exactly what you are going to hear. There is nothing added in and as mentioned earlier, nothing used to create a polished effect. The album maintains its frantic and chaotic pace from start to finish, however, there are moments of variation and surprise. Whether it’s the banjo intro of “Die Interviewer (I Am Only Speaking in German),” the haunting use of strings towards the end of “And Then, Came Then,” or the use of some Spanish lyrics in “Yellow Dress: Locked Knees,” these moments help maintain the listener’s interest. They help break up some of the monotony the album just can’t help but sometimes suffer from.

At the forefront of this album, as with every The Chariot album, is Scogin’s vocal performance. On this album in particular, Scogin sounds like a man possessed screaming out everything he can, all the while, the apocalypse is destroying everything around him. Scogin employs various screams, shrieks, and growls throughout. The most surprising vocal moment comes at the start of “And Then, Came Then,” when Scogin employs a deep guttural growl that is never explored more at any point after. While certainly impressive, the growl sounds forced, and because of this, there is no loss in not hearing it again. Scogin is at his best when he just lets loose, employing more effectively the other screams used throughout.

With Scogin’s vocals, one must also consider his lyrics. With this album, more so than later The Chariot releases, Scogin’s lyrics do not shy away from his beliefs and faith. In “And Then, Came Then,” there are lyrics such as ‘Repent: Kingdom’ and ‘The Devil is in Atlanta. Army: Surrounded.” A portion of the Spanish lyrics in “Yellow Dress: Locked Knees” roughly translate to, ‘Jesus, I want this world to know you.” In “Goodnight My Lady, and a Forever Farewell” there is, ‘If we don’t meet this side of Heaven, make sure you’re right.” Given the apocalyptic nature of this album, both in sound and through various lyrics, it makes sense that many of the more direct and less ambiguous lyrics are a profession of faith.

Everything is Alive, Everything is Breathing, Nothing is Dead, and Nothing is Bleeding sees The Chariot coming out strong right from the gate. While it may not be fair to compare or think about this album without thinking first about Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, it’s hard not to. However, the album stands on its own just fine with its distorted and chaotic riffs, unpolished production, raw atmosphere, and one of Scogin’s best vocal performances. While The Chariot continued to evolve with each subsequent release, ultimately reaching their top form with Long Live and One Wing, their debut remains an impressive statement and new beginning for Scogin, but above all else, an excellent album.


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Confessed2005
September 16th 2016


4537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, have a pos



This album may not be the band's best but it sure as hell packs a punch.

calmrose
September 16th 2016


4613 Comments


Thank you!

Yeah definitely agree, album rips hard but is topped by Long Live and One Wing

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Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


love you for writing this. great review. funny how you say scogin is a man possessed that is my exact description for him on this album and bless the martyr

calmrose
September 16th 2016


4613 Comments


Yeah Scogin absolutely slays on this and Bless

Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


THE DEVIL IS IN ATLANTA ARMY SURROUNDED

Space Jester
September 16th 2016


5896 Comments


Lol that's two reviews in a row that I started writing before someone else posted one. This is my favorite album from The Chariot, though I think it's hard to compare this to later albums because they changed their style quite a bit.

Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


and then came then is the best song ever made

calmrose
September 16th 2016


4613 Comments


^easily one of their best songs


calmrose
September 16th 2016


4613 Comments


The breakdown in Before There Was Atlanta is huge, makes me want just start destroying everything in sight

Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


those weird vocals in the middle part of yellow dress>>>>

XingKing
September 16th 2016


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How did this not have a review until now?

Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


it did for a while but it was deleted i think

kingjulian
September 16th 2016


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa.... this didn't have a review before?

Futures
September 16th 2016


9977 Comments


read the comment above you

Space Jester
September 16th 2016


5896 Comments


lol

Veldin
September 17th 2016


3804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN THOUSAND

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2016


2957 Comments


Listening to this for the first time. Holy crap. This is actually incredible. Definitely feels like a spiritual successor to Bless the Martyr, only probably better. Don't understand the 3.5 at all, currently on a solid 4.1 for me.

Space Jester
September 17th 2016


5896 Comments


Knew you were a smart dude lol

Futures
September 17th 2016


9977 Comments


yeah this is a 5

Snake.
September 17th 2016


21508 Comments


what happened to daniel chodeito's review of this?



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