Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: The Chariot
Album: One Wing
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Label: Good Fight

Chaotic. Noisy. Odd. These are just a couple words that could describe The Chariot. But, so could Masterful. Original. Talented.  So few bands can pull off the madness that is The Chariot and still create a work of art that is both disorderly and borderline genius.  The Chariot does not shy away from being a heavy band. Though at the same time they value originality, and not sounding over saturated.  This is the album The Chariot have wanted to create for a long time.  One Wing is The Chariot's magnum opus.

One Wing has classic written all over it. From the first song to the last.  Whether it is in "Forget" with it's blistering guitar riffs, or in "Speak" with Josh Scogin's passionate strained vocals. The Chariot finds so many ways of maintaining the familiar sound while expanding on it to give us a refreshing listen.  One Wing never feels like it is the same song over and over.  The dudes in The Chariot have really crafted a perfect experience.  For example, "Your" is not the typical song The Chariot would write (or is it?). In "First" they feature an instrumental part that could be straight out of a John Wayne movie. The final song "Cheek" displays a speech from Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" all while accompanied by a lone guitar, a violin, and a drum beat.

There are so many great elements to each song, that it feels like a new album with every listen. One Wing is intended to be listened to in order, thus the track names. It gives a great listening experience when doing this.  The lyrics flow better, and the music feeds off itself.

Overall: The Chariot have not abandoned their sound, they have refined it.  If I didn't know it, I would think that One Wing was a greatest hits album. This album is full of classic and new sounds that are sure to please any fan of The Chariot, new or old. The Chariot have released one of the most brilliant heavy albums of the year, and possibly the best of their career.  Long Live The Chariot.

Rating: 10/10

Reviewed by Tabor Brown

Track listing:

1. Forget
2. Not
3. Your
4. First
5. Love.
6. Speak
7. in
8. Tongues
9. and
10. Cheek.

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