The Chariot "One Wing" CD
Anyone expecting The Chariot's "One Wing" to be a typical metalcore screamfest is in for a rude shock. Five albums into its recording career, the Georgia combo shows the confidence to flout convention by fusing blistering thrash with probing Christian lyrics and unexpected arrangement twists. Movie-soundtrack excerpts, ukulele strums, quotes from previous albums, and other left-field touches are all part of the band's sonic strategy. Frontman Josh Scogin exceeds his own high standards for crazed vocalizing with palpable abandon. His comrades support him with a warrior's blazing spirit even as they negotiate quick rhythmic shifts and dramatic mood changes.