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The Chariot Everything's Alive, Everything's Breathing, Nothing...

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The Chariot - Everything's Alive, Everything's Breathing, Nothing...
01. Before There Was Atlanta, Now There's Douglasville
02. Some Day In The Event That Mankind Actually Figures Out...
03. Dialogue With A Question Mark
04. Die Interviewer (I Am Only Speaking German)
05. And Than, Came Then
06. The Company, The Comfort, The Grave
07. The Bullet Never Lies, And Time Will Prove All Things
08. Yellow Dress: Locked Knees
09. If Wishes Were Horses, More Beggars Would Ride Them
10. Good Night My Lady, And A Forever Farewell
2004 Solid State Records

OUR SCORE
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Reviewed by: Ray Harkins   //   Published: 2/3/2005

Let's think back to three summers ago when a band called Norma Jean exploded onto the scene after they shed their horrible nu-metal skin (aka Luti-kriss) and adopted a more, shall we say, Coalesce approach to their songs. Norma Jean broke through the barriers some "spiritual bands" have difficulty with. While some of these bands are ignored because they are viewed as being too preachy or just don't connect to the audience, after multiple tours Norma Jean succeeded where others have failed. The general music buying population got a hold of Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child and ran with it. Then it all came to a screeching halt. At Furnace Fest in 2002, the singer of Norma Jean, Josh Scogin, informed the crowd that he was stepping down. Norma Jean would obviously never sound the same, and many speculated that this would be a fatal blow to the band. Fortunately, for their fans, Norma Jean did not end, but many people were left scratching their heads, wondering what prompted the singer's departure.

Now, most of us would expect the departing band member to eventually pick up where they left off with a new project or band. Josh did not fail and used the opportunity to introduce his new band to the world. Word spread quickly and to fulfill contractual obligations, The Chariot signed to Solid State before too many shows were even played.

Removing the obvious "this sounds like Norma Jean" comparisons, The Chariot have crafted a very impressive record. Utilizing the recording techniques of the early 90's (before Pro-Tools and computers became more essential than the music itself), Everything Is Alive... sounds like a very polished rehearsal demo. While the overall idea behind this method of recording makes a statement in opposition to todays overzealous studio sounds, it slightly misses on some points. However, it seems that this was obviously the band's intention and I applaud them for it.

Highly frantic, full of energy, and very confusing, The Chariot tend to tread on ground that has been visited over the years, but something interesting keeps me listening. The lyrics and record title seem also to be an interesting take on the state of modern hardcore, as it seemingly addresses the recent inundation of death, dying, and all things pertaining to blood imagery that has barraged recent releases.

Bottom Line: All things considered, The Chariot is attempting to challenge many of the ideas that permeate the hardcore scene as we know it today. This, in and of itself, should be noted and appreciated. Norma Jean will be releasing another record in the near future. In the meantime, however, The Chariot have made their own stab at frenzied hardcore and have succeeded with flying colors.

Comments
kyle_   posted 3/4/2007 1:38:33 PM
this band sucks...i can play what they play and ive never played anything in my life.

raw choatic gay metalcore.
and they are not in the least bit "hardcore"..so stop saying they are.
FICKLExFUCKER_   posted 3/2/2007 2:50:29 PM
This is an AMAZING ALBUM! Thats right I said it. These guys are girl pants wearing, emo dew, and all. I can't stand that shit, but how can you say music that has nothing to do with being depressed, sad, or emo, is f*ckin emo. The albums title was simply to show that being obsest with all this emo, death, sad bullshit is f*ckin retarded and there is more to life than death and blood. This band is full of hardcore kids that make original and talented music. Where most hardcore kids fail (formula h
kai.ilios.machina_   posted 4/27/2006 8:37:55 AM
98% of modern hardcore is generic, plagairistic, over produced shit - made by cavemen in Hatebreed shirts. "Everthing is..." sounds passionate, visceral and on the edge of collapse - and that takes skill to pull off morons. The Chariot intentionally avoided high-gloss production in favour of capturing the essence of their music- which is chaotic ON PURPOSE. It seems a hell of a lot of people missed the point, and basically assumed the roles of scene Beavis and HxC Butthead - "this band sucks ass
Sharkattack!!_   posted 4/10/2006 1:21:47 AM
awesome band.
awesome cd.
anonymous   posted 1/10/2006 12:55:34 PM
if you guys are just gonna sit there and bitch about how much this album sucks, go somewhere else. you guys act like f*ckin 5th graders. grow up.

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