Now when I read the list of bands that sound like Chariots of The Gods, I was taken aback. Lamb of God, In Flames, Children of Bodom and Trivium, just to name a few, are pretty good company to be compared to. Could an unsigned act like Chariots of The Gods live up to such lofty expectations?
The answer is a resounding yes!
Formed in Canada's capital in 2008, they have shared the stage with such established acts as Alexisonfire, Voivod, Kataklysm and Misfits. They haven't been around on the metal scene for very long but they have definitely made a statement in that short time span. They've released an EP, a single and have been featured on a couple of compilations but "Tides of War" will be their first worldwide full length release. Glen Robinson did all the production, mixing and mastering on this album and that's quite a name to have on the liner notes seeing that Glen has previously worked with GWAR, Queensryche and Annihilator. Glen himself has gone on record to say that he's, "Honored to be apart of this project."
After looking at Chariots website and teaser for their upcoming video, I soon discovered that, luckily, these guys have a sense of humor as well. Check out the Christmas photo gallery they have on their site. Worth a few laughs.
January 29th is the release date and I implore you, from one metal head to another, you will not be disappointed if you pick it up. This debut is quite possibly one of the best debuts I've ever heard. It is the quintessential melodic thrash metal album this year. It is quite an impressive display of what underground acts can concoct. It's energetic, powerful and it will lead Canada into the future of young, up and coming metal. Mathieu St-Amour and Dimitri Gervais are absolutely amazing with their gripping melodies and shred-tastic guitar playing.
Overture kicks things off with an eerie voice in the background while a pounding drumbeat takes the stage. You'll realize that pure metal mayhem is about to commence and it does, as the tracks "Seventh Weapon", "Blind Assassin", "Ambrosian Wings" and the title track destroy any thought you had of this band not being up to snuff. "Snow Falls on the White River (1914)" and "Nebula" are the perfect short transition instrumentals to calm you down and get you set for more blistering heaviness. Renaud Jobin's vocals are most assuredly on par with any signed act in the music world today and I have to say this again. THIS IS AN UNSIGNED BAND! It is completely insane to think that dudes with this much talent remain unsigned. Overall it never stops punching you in the face and fourteen tracks deep, you'll crave for more. Pure metal goodness will be had from beginning to end.
I'm not much for giving out grades or scales on reviews but "Tides of War" is most deservedly worthy of a solid A or a 9 out of 10. With the backing of a reputable record company, these boys from Ottawa could be unstoppable for many years to come.
When January 29th, 2013 rolls around, you will follow me or die! You will wake up, (hopefully) bathe and brush your teeth and then get your grubby little hands on one of the most must-hear melodic thrash albums of the year!
Stay metal \m/