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Chariots Of The Gods - Tides Of War

Chariots Of The Gods
Tides Of War
by Dorothy Cheng at 21 January 2013, 4:07 PM

It’s always a great event for Metalheads everywhere when an underground band finally has the support and resources they deserve to come up with a full length record. Previously almost unheard of, CHARIOTS OF THE GODS, with their first full-length release "Tides Of War",is sure to be the new buzz of the underground scene.

“Overture” began exactly the way I thought it would, coming from a band called CHARIOTS OF THE GODS.There was a graceful epicenes to it, yet the band did not steer far from their metal sensibilities. “Seventh Weapon” came on next and I was immediately hooked by the twin guitars – an attack that made me think of what JUDAS PRIEST might’ve been like if they had a third guitarist by the name of Alexi Laiho. It was an invigorating thought, further solidified by the neck-snapping heaviness and brutality of “Seventh Weapon”.The double bass drums are simply phenomenal with an almost in-your-face attitude that might give a migraine to the faint-hearted. It was a relentless, full-on attack on the sense that left me reeling without room to breathe, but my senses spiked to the peak of awesomeness.

Vocalist Renaud Jobin really delivers with an amazingly precise delivery that works together nicely with the thunderous music backing him up. The band is not all chugging guitars and smashing drums though, some keyboards were heard here and there and “Revillusion (1905)” actually opened with clean guitars going through lovely arpeggios, switching swiftly into distorted guitars again and back to mosh-worthy music during the chorus, where the twin guitars really soar. The album is full of individual songs each with their own character, each distinguishable and identifiable. “Red Skies” redefines the word epic by thundering in with a solo, the drums all the while building up to a climax where the explosive chorus bursts to life again. Overall, the album is an eclectic, vibrant, and colorful release that really keeps listeners headbanging all the way and appreciating the good work the band has put in. The production is clearly strong, coming from the hands of Glen Robinson who has worked with Metal legends such as ANNIHILATOR and QUEENSRYCHE.

The band does its best, and boy is it good, to church out infectious hook after hook, coupled with blistering melodies and kickass solos backed by Jobin’sgreat vocals. Each band member shines in this album and their dedication and devotion to their music is clear from the start. It is bands like these that strive constantly to improve, never giving up and surfacing all the way from the underground, their hearts on their sleeves, who deserve the most praise and acclaim. The entire album is structured in a genius way—these guys are clearly gifted lads.

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS have produced a really well thought out album. I can just imagine the hours they spent in the studio, brainstorming, practicing, rehearsing, and that has all paid off, with an album that is full to the brim with creativity, dedication, and their own special kind of novelty. So turn the volume up, kick back, don’t exactly relax, and listen to Canada’s next big thing.

4 Star Rating

1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls on the White River (1914)
8. Severing the Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse on an Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of the Gods
Renaud Jobin – Vocals
Mathieu St-Amour – Guitar / Backup Vocals
Dimitri Gervais – Guitar / Backup Vocals
Rich O’Neil – Drums
Payam Doryani – Bass / Backup Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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