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Chariots Of The Gods
Tides Of War
Released: 2012, Indie
Despite recent advances in the Western Canadian Metal scene, the stronghold for Metal in Canada is still Quebec and Ontario. This young quintet of millennials from Ottawa/Gatineau, have adopted the classic late 60’s early 70’s book/movie of the same name as their band name. In case you are not familiar the basic concept is that ancient aliens have visited earth, specifically around the time of ancient Egypt (earth time) and the concept has been explored a number of times by bands such as Gamma Ray, Iron Savior, Saxon, Axel Rudi Pell, Blind Guardian and of course Pyramid. The idea is not all that original and the band name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and unless you are an older dude like me you might not instantly recognize the reference.
They have obviously put some effort into their album TIDES OF WAR as the package is very nice, a good booklet, great production, nice design and layout and a sense of humour as the vocalist Renaud (in the liner notes) thanks ‘my woman’s amazing tits’. A truly great source of inspiration for us all and perhaps he will post a picture of his ‘woman’s breasts on Facebook so we can objectively analyze the source of lyrical inspiration for such songs as, ‘Seventh Weapon’, ‘Blind Assassin’ and ‘Collapse Of an Empire’. On a more serious note the lyrics have a historical approach, which is nice change from the usual angst-ridden nonsense of many deathcore bands. Renaud delivers the above-average lyrics in a conventional roar, throaty and intense, on the deeper side without resorting to just unintelligible screaming. The band recruited Alexsi of Norther to help out vocally on a track as well.
Musically speaking, Chariots Of The Gods, is a decent band and TIDES OF WAR is a decent record but in the massive amount of Metal being released they come across as a bit average. The band play modern melo-death with hints of metalcore. The metalcore sound taints it for me but the excellent soloing brings it up a notch. The pace is pretty quick, they have an excellent drive and intensity in the songs and I like what the drummer does with some of those triplets, instead of just doing double-kick always…although you can never have too much double-kick either… The songs are intense but have enough diversity to keep the listeners interest. The bands breaks up the 14 track assault with a couple of instrumental interludes, one being the gentle cut ‘Snow Falls On The White River (1914), which is a brief piece of acoustic guitar and piano. Another short track called ‘Nebula’ features more modern/industrial sound effects that leads nicely into a mid-tempo grinder called ‘Starborn’ which eventually gets really fast.
My initial impression was not too strong but after a few listens I realized TIDES OF WAR has a lot going for it; production, packaging, speed, talent and intensity, the band has put out a strong debut and it’s most certainly worth checking out.
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 Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
14. Annihilation Of The Gods
Renaud Jobin - Vocals
Mathieu St-Amour - Guitar
Dimitri Gervias - Guitar
Payam Doryani - Bass
Richard O'Neill - Drums
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