Thursday, October 07, 2010

Chiodos - "Illuminaudio"

Chiodos are back with their third album, Illuminaudio, released this week by Equal Vision Records. The new album introduces new vocalist Brandon Bolmer formerly of Yesterday’s Rising and drummer Tanner Wayne, formerly of Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Though a lot has changed, much has remained the same with core member keyboardist Bradley Bell's beautiful piano contrasting the heavy, scream-laden parts for the band’s trademark theatrical and grandiose sound. Brandon’s lyrics and vocals are both personal and positive with soaring sung choruses and throat-shredding screams. So longtime fans will not be disappointed and new fans should find out what they have been missing all along.

A couple standout tracks include “Modern Wolf Hair” which begins with a fist-in-the-air sing along then breaks in with an off-kilter, stuttering rhythm and ends with a hauntingly atmospheric bridge and coda and “Notes In Constellations”, featuring tumbling drums and keyboards that twinkle like the stars in the title and a skyward chorus. The cathartic “Stratovolcano Mouth” adds epic programmed strings and dizzying poly-rhythms to the mix for another standout moment. Also, Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil guests on the stunning first single “Love Is A Cat From Hell”.


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