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Chiodos
Illuminaudio
Equal Vision Records
www.chiodos.net


Just over 3 years ago was when my ears first officially heard the screams, haunting violins, and psychotic guitar work of Chiodos. Since then the band has gone through some lineup changes and with a new drummer and lead vocalist they released another borderline crazy album, Illuminaudio.

There was naturally some loss of confidence when the band announced that Craig Owens would be leaving his post behind the microphone. His ability to balance the hardcore alternative sounds that would only come from the bottom of a gut, with the pleasant and almost beautiful octaves, was one of the main reasons I originally fell in love with Chiodos. However, when the first song off the new album, "Caves", came across my car stereo, hope was restored and it was in the form of Brandon Bolmer. Previously working with Yesterdays Rising, not much has been heard of Brandon. But in the opening track he's putting his own elegant choir-esque twist on top of the very powerful alt-rock guitar riffs.

In the song "Closed Eyes Still Look Forward" Brandon's voice has gone nearly ballad beautiful. The entire song was obviously paved for the way of the lyrics and vocals. But what makes it characteristically Chiodos is that slight hip-hop beat busting out mid-way through. This kind of beat is something some of you may have heard of before, say from "The Words 'Best Friend' Become Redefined" off of All's Well That Ends Well, as I'm sure it stopped you in your head-banging tracks. This song comes out as a favorite and most likely because it stands out from the rest.

The insanity stemming from those fellas holding the guitars (Jason Hale, Pat MacManaman and Matt Goddard) is still very prominent and show worthy on this album. One song in particular that doesn't even give you a chance to ease into the tempo is "His Story Repeats Itself", instead its all systems go from the very first second. A nice addition for the fans is a chorus that is easy to sing along to. "This war will tear apart the sky/letting through the light/and we will survive" are some lyrics that, when Brandon puts his elegant-protest-worthy emotion behind them, become undeniably addictive.

The title track is completely unexpected and rather original. Clocking in at 1:45, it's nothing more than an intro, yet falls at the #5 spot. Set to the background of electronic pulses, it's merely a soft lullaby by Brandon. And just before the end, as the energy builds, it all drops off suddenly with and ending of the word "Stop". This sets the stage for the next number, "Let Us Burn One". A song for fans wanting the recognizable Chiodos sound, circa Bone Palace Ballet.

With all the gossip surrounding the band, of course they've got to address it somehow. So, they took "Thermacare", a song previously featuring Mr. Owens (originally recorded just before his departure), sucked out the music portion and mixed it into the new song, "Stratovolcano Mouth". The result - a song Coheed And Cambria would be proud of, full of drama, those previously mentioned violins and the favorite psychotic guitars. If that wasn't enough, during an intermission of sorts, the tickling of some ivories can be heard. The desire to see this song performed live might eventually be overwhelmed by the insanity to surely ensue in the crowd. Still, probably worth the risk.

The album is definitely a step in the growth of Chiodos. Not a huge one, but considering the major changes that took place right before its release, it's a notable one. No song is the same among the twelve. But to really understand this one has to embrace each song, in other words - don't give up after 30 seconds! Illuminaudio will sit next to Bone Palace Ballet as an album permanently in my music library.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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