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REVIEW: Bronze Chariot – Nigredo

Posted by Lachlan

Bronze Chariot - NigredoNigredo is the debut album from Adelaide-based sextet Bronze Chariot. The release also represents the latest of a slew of output from the ever-more-intriguing and diverse South Australian record label Capitalgames Records, who in recent past have featured albums from Coerce, Night Hag and God God Dammit Dammit.

We drop into Nigredo with a beautifully hushed introduction piece played on a lap steel. After this brief mood-setter we move straight into the title track; a driving, hypnotic dark folk/country piece which provides the perfect bedrock for vocalist Benjamin Cooper to bellow out his tale with a characteristic weathered, throaty voice.

From there we fall into Cant Win Em All - which holds a more sedate, melancholy tone, while the fourth Down at the Bar see the group move a little closer to a 'classic' country pub drinking song.

It is from Down at the Bar that Nigredo begins to meander; as if the band is unsure of where to take the listener. By the fifth track By The Crossing I can't help but feel lost.

If there was one criticism of Nigredo then this is it: the album feels not so much like a journey as a collection of songs of similar style. The album closer Horseshoe Bend acts a euphoric, building album-closer, but by then my attention has waned and the journey is already broken.

The musical foundation of Bronze Chariot is solid. Their style of dark, low-gain, folk/country tinged with sedated post-metal and doom provides a nice amalgamation of US Christmas, Earth, Nick Cave and Cult of Luna. However, by referencing these epic "post" bands, I expect to be taken on a fairly clear emotional journey -- at the very least with high and low points. However, the flow of the album doesn't support this journey; and the moods end up being just a little too similar to fulfill my expectation. The 'epic' aspect of the sound falls short.

Make no mistake, Nigredo is an interesting and worthy debut recording from Bronze Chariot. There are songs which most certainly stand out as highlights, and continue to stick in my head. The sound and style of the band is refreshing.

Nigredo is a good launching point for the group; and I look forward to hearing how they progress their style, their tales and their obvious passion for music further in the future. Worth checking out, but not one of the essential releases of the year.

Listen to the title track here.
Buy the album here.


Coerce’s new album “Ethereal Surrogate Saviour” steaming this week

Posted by Lachlan

Coerce - Ethereal Surrogate Saviour (Captialgames)South Australia post-hardcore/post-punk group Coerce have their new album "Ethereal Surrogate Saviour" streaming over at Soundcloud for this week only.

The album is due out on June 11th through Adelaide-based DIY label Capitalgames Records. The label also has the likes of Robotosaurus, Night Hag, God God Dammit Dammit and Bronze Chariot on board.

I've been enjoying the album all morning. Definitely worth a listen for fans of Refused, Propagandhi, Botch, Converge and Coalesce. Very well written and produced.

Check it nice.


4 Dead / Robotosaurus April East Coast Tour

Posted by Lachlan

Four fucking deadI have been an enormous fan of 4 Dead since Ebolie played with them back in 2005. It is therefore with great joy that I am able to pass on news of the upcoming 4 Dead / Robotosaurus East Coast Tour in April.

Wed 13th April - Canberra: Bar 32, with Love Shy and Mammon
Thu 14th April - Sydney: The Townie, Newtown with Totally Unicorn and Fixtures
Fri 15th April - Melbourne: Gasomoter with Agonhymn and In Trenches
Sat 16th April - Melbourne: Catfood Press with Encircling Sea and Useless Children
Sun 17th April - Adelaide: Animal House with Coerce and Dickwolf

Thank Kahn 4 Dead have returned - it has been far, far too long. The guys have a new album coming out *sometime* in 2011. Just get yoself to a show and you will not regret it.

Facebook event.
4 Dead on Facebook.
Robotosaurus on Facebook.

4 Dead / Robotosaurus East Coast Tour 2011


Graf Orlock want you to listen to new shit

Posted by Lachlan

4 DeadGraf Orlock have just done a downloadable podcast on Vitrol Records. You should check it out, if only for the new 4 Dead track.

Click here to download the file directly.

There are some other jerks on there who I've never heard of - but I guess that will change as soon as I finish downloading.

  1. Cloak/Dagger - Don't Need A (from Lost Art LP)
  2. Buyer's Remorse - Schools of Thought (from A Thorough Analysis 7")
  3. Tristess - Frustration (from Hog and Lag Blues LP)
  4. Jail Weddings - The Spell Has Lifted (from Jail Weddings 7")
  5. 4 Dead - Icebreaker (from Anchors LP)
  6. Avail - Simple Song (from 4AM Friday LP)
  7. Cursive - The Great Decay (from Burst and Bloom EP)
  8. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (from Brutalist Bricks LP)
  9. King Khan and the Shrines - Took My Lady to Dinner (from The Supreme Genius of.. LP)
  10. Coerce - Silver Tongued Life Licker (from Silver Tongued Life Licker LP)

Coerce Album Tour – June

Posted by Matt

COERCE 'Silver Tongued Life Licker'
National tour for June. Throughout the record you will hear guest vocal appearances from Atom Simpson (A Death In The Family) Brett O'Riley (Black Level Embassy), Brett Davis (Love Like Electrocution), Izzy Rayson (Robotosaurus), Carla Lippis (Solo performer/amazer) and a guest guitar feature by Alex Fimeri (Robotosaurus).

Launch Tour June 09

Fri June 5 - Pony, Melbourne w/Green Green Green
Sat June 6 - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney w/hira hira, nhomea, snake face
Sun June 7 - w/Yeah Bears, Black Jaw
June 12 - Ed Castle, Adelaide
June 17 - The Foundry, Perth
June 18 - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
June 19 - Swan Basement, Fremantle
June 20 - The Hydey, Perth


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