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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 7

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.

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Reid Otto_ 12/9/2004 2:02:20 PM

this cd is incredible. raw live studio recording. no copy and pasting with computers here. simply defining. for fans of.... converge, isis, Botch, Coalesce, norma jean, ETID, luti-kriss or ashlee simpson.


Alex_ 12/20/2004 12:55:55 PM

Simply amazing, raw, hardcore music. Josh Scoggins, former frontman for Norma Jean, has put together a brutal (yet melodic) assault on your ears. Recommended for all Norma Jean fans.


some guy_ 12/20/2004 10:07:16 PM

I respect the fact that The Chariot went for a raw-sounding production by recording everything live in the studio and all that, but maybe they should've at least soundchecked their instruments first...the damn guitar feedback just drowns out everything else at times and it gets annoying. The music itself is brilliant though...sounds a little like Norma Jean, but even MORE aggressive than NJ. Good album, not great.


??_ 2/3/2005 1:57:59 PM

74 / 10 ??


InfatuationMisplaced_ 2/3/2005 2:15:41 PM

RAY FROM TAKEN/MIKOTO!


eaglesbecomevultures_ 2/3/2005 2:21:54 PM

is this review serious? a 74/10 ?


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 2/3/2005 2:43:50 PM

I don't care if this is raw. It sucks. REAL bad. No cohesion in the songs; nothing ties them together. RAW doesn't mean bad, unpracticed, or terrible. I bought this and got very bored very quick. very disappointed too. The review said it "Signed to fulfill contractual obligations". Putting this album out was a business decision. Period.


orion_ 2/3/2005 2:53:32 PM

Those first two paragraphs could've/should've been summarized a bit. I'm pretty sure most people are familiar enough with this band that we didn't need all that redundant detail...


Seasnake_ 2/3/2005 2:57:39 PM

this review has to be a joke, this band f*cking sucks, i have seen them live and the only thing they are good at is spreading their aids ridden shit music to gay emo kids


Mark_ 2/3/2005 4:05:42 PM

I've had this on my computer for a while, but finally gave it a listen last night. It's not bad, not amazing. Just more Coalesce worship, which I don't mind since Coalesce isn't around anymore. 6-7/10 is about right.


dutchstep_ 2/3/2005 4:57:13 PM

their three song demo actually might sound better than this f*cking album.


buckwheat_ 2/3/2005 5:02:38 PM

I read the first sentence of this shit and stopped at Coalesce.


buckwheat_ 2/3/2005 5:15:14 PM

Ok I caved and read it because it was Harkins. Good review but I would've given this a -2342352342343242/10


Fraulein_ 2/3/2005 5:30:17 PM

So... What does it sound like?


xRYBREADx_ 2/3/2005 5:45:54 PM

this band sucks a fat one. More like a 5/10. Yeah, cool. A live recording. That's like listening to an 8-track when you can listen to a f*cking CD. Why would you not use available technology. This band is as retarded as their recording.


maudlin_ 2/3/2005 6:09:40 PM

is it just me, or did this review talk more about norma jean than it did the chariot? the review didn't really talk about the music at all. the rating is fair I guess. I would've given it a 5-6/10.


jeewhiz_ 2/3/2005 7:21:12 PM

This is good record first of all. Second, it takes some balls (and talent) to put out a live studio recording for your first label release. I realize 90% of hardcore kids are close minded but come on, this is a much invited switch from your run of the mill way over produced cause I can't play my instrument B.S. thats become so trendy. If your IQ's less than 45 don't buy this cause you won'r like it.


HolyGhostOfAbraham_ 2/3/2005 8:01:06 PM

Calling this, or Norma Jean, Coalesce worship is embarrassing. Coalesce sounded nothing like these bands. They were actually innovative, and....i don't know...good.


TheWood_ 2/3/2005 8:15:39 PM

I'd love to hear how one needs a high IQ to play music that is one big breakdown. Because I imagine that is REALLY hard. It's not that I even despise these guys or anything...but what gets me is the song titles. Are they trying to front their intelligence? Or is it some kind of sarcastic joke? Hardcore is honest music. Go play grab ass with pop-punk.


jwcp_ 2/3/2005 9:06:53 PM

i bet this is what my cat's litter box would sound like if it were in the form of music


anonymous 2/3/2005 10:18:42 PM

you need a high iq to understand the chariot? let's see, boring, long, unenthusiac breakdowns. check. "clever" song titles. check. references to jebus. check. looks like i nailed it down and I'm no genius. Stop posturing; this band is nothing exciting nor original. More glut for metalcore only this wants to be artsy.


DROPDEAD_ 2/3/2005 10:33:27 PM

worst album/band ever.


Dun Dun!_ 2/3/2005 11:23:19 PM

Dun dun dun eeeeeeeee dun dun dun swweeeeak dun dun dun NEEEEEEEEEE dun dun dun weeeeee x10 = album


anonymous 2/3/2005 11:58:06 PM

if you dont have anything nice to say dont say it at all


elliot_ 2/4/2005 2:30:00 AM

the one thing that's really missing in metalcore is sloppy, raw energy. and i think the chariot have brought that back a bit. this kinda sounds like what would happen if the germs tried metalcore (okay i'm exagerrating, but you get it).


anonymous 2/4/2005 5:48:19 AM

Too long song titles, no care


Taikonaut_ 2/4/2005 9:07:03 AM

Regardless of the quality of the album, that review sucked. Hire some f*cking writers.


chariotos_ 2/4/2005 11:03:30 AM

the damn guitar feedback is too pesky, sounds a little bit too raw. i prefer better productions but i like the songs nevertheless.


Life to Lifeless_ 2/4/2005 11:08:13 AM

Pretty good album. The songs could use a little more structure, and the recording is kinda crappy, but overall, I'd say a 7/10 is about right. I would agree, though, that the review was quite bad.


you are all "bros"_ 2/4/2005 5:55:23 PM

the dude who said metalcore is missing that sloppy intensity is so right. you nailed a feeling i havent been able to articulate. i want to give this album a shot now.


PIG_DESTROYER_ 2/5/2005 2:29:48 AM

funny how this album gets a 7 and all these people say its brilliant when all anyone is really saying is that its sloppy and raw and recorded live. i was pissed when i got it, i dont want to hear a live album. thats what seeing a band in concert is for. i want a produced polished effort. it doesnt have to be overly produced, just something. this sounds like it was recorded in a garage. and it sucks. there is absolutely nothing that distinguishes one song from the next, every song gets old after


Selvin_ 2/6/2005 7:02:46 PM

I love these guys. Hope they hit Canada soon.


SeveredInTwo_ 2/7/2005 2:26:42 AM

bands sucks period!


beforedishonor_ 2/7/2005 9:28:09 AM

This album brings a new sound to the table. A raw, uncut brutal sound that is even better live. Most of the f*ck ups on this review board that leave their gay little 2 word responses that say the band just sux, have probably never heard or even seen the chariot.


halibut_again_ 2/7/2005 1:45:26 PM

if you dont have anything nice to say dont say it at all posted by () on 2/3/2005 11:58:06 PM WHAT THE f*ck IS THIS HORSESHIT? and where did all the street teamers and suckers come from? the band sounds like an assf*ck in audio form. you're a fool for defending them so just stop.


yes, it is i_ 2/8/2005 7:38:08 PM

ive now listened to it. if this production is too shitty for you guys you obviously own no demos and have never heard hardcore albums recorded prior to 2000.


PIG_DESTROYER_ 2/9/2005 7:44:30 PM

i owned some and threw them out cuz they sounded so bad


drewson_ 2/10/2005 6:28:56 PM

the chariot sucks ass, this cd sucks ass, their live show sucks ass, their personalities suck ass, their guitars suck ass, their drums suck ass, their bass sucks ass, their vocals suck ass .. and this record is just a big circular piece of ass and i hate it and i hate that a band this shitty got signed while bands with obvious talent are driving around on tour making 50 bucks a night while these asses are making easily over 400 by now im sure. i hope they break up soon and scoggin stays out of m


Maxxwell_ 2/18/2005 2:55:29 AM

so yeah, a few months ago there was a show... UNDEROATH - STRETCHARMSTRONG - THE CHARIOT and my band got to be the opening act sence i helped setup da show WOOT! come to find out solidstate booted us a week before the show saying (no locals!!!) so f*ck solid state and as for da chariot, i dont like them. josh lost everything that i liked about him so it was pointless for me buying the album after i listend to a few of the songs. i dont think they will last (as in the spot light) for


SymphonicBath_ 2/23/2005 9:51:50 AM

Clearly you are the people that do not appreciate abstract//impressionist painting either. >_<


george jones_ 4/5/2005 8:49:59 PM

what the shit y'all . i aint claimin on none of yalls f*ck the man music, but have enjoyed the sound of bless the martyr and many other "core" albums for years and find it completely necessary to give snaps to mr. scogin. he saved his f*cking passion while norma jean is makin f*cking barbeque sauce and music on the same processor. call it emo grab ass and compare it to who the f*ck ever you want to. emotion? yes sir. id like to think our buddy josh is ministering with a pistol right up to a


Ricky_ 5/12/2005 10:38:27 AM

i have liked this band before.. but now i just cant f*cking stand the constant screeching of the amps feedback. who the f*ck thinks that causing feedback is talent.. i saw the guys here in orlando when they toured with he is legend and as cities burn. Damn you f*cking sucked. the only person that really moves around is the bass player.. the guitarists are too busy making stupid feedback noises next to the amp, so they are always turned away from the crowd. and the singer couldnt be any worse liv


your bassist_ 10/14/2005 1:32:23 AM

7/10? If 10 is the worst then sure give this album a 7. Josh decided he would try what Norma Jean did, only he did it on a smaller budget, with worse music and less talented musicians. When I saw them I noticed that the guitarists had their gain set on 10, bass on 10, mids 0, highs 10, presence/resonance 10. This album is terrible, it belongs in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, at the bottom. There is no cohesion in the songs, not because it's supposed to be that way, but because they can't write. T


anonymous 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.


Sharkattack!!_ 4/10/2006 1:21:47 AM

awesome band. awesome cd.


kai.ilios.machina_ 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


FICKLExFUCKER_ 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


kyle_ 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.