NIGREDO

by Bronze Chariot

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    WHEN WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE TO BE EVICTED, AND THE CHURCH WAS TO BE TURNED INTO APARTMENTS, THE QUESTION ON OUR MINDS WAS “HOW DO WE SEND IT OFF?” QUICKLY, THE PLAN WAS HATCHED TO MAKE A FILM, DOCUMENTING THE SPACE, AND THE BANDS IT HELPED FORM. WE HAD LESS THAN THREE WEEKS. SWORDS RE-FORMED FOR THE OCCASION, AND BRONZE CHARIOT CAME BACK FROM THE BRINK OF BREAKING UP. UNFORTUNATELY, AT SUCH SHO...RT NOTICE, MANY GREAT BANDS WERE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE. A CALL WAS PUT OUT TO OUR FRIENDS WITH THE SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT TO PULL IT ALL OFF. THE RESPONSE WAS FAR GREATER THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED.

    EACH BAND PLAYED WITH CONVICTION AND SINCERITY, KNOWING IT WAS THEIR FINAL TIME ON THE HALLOWED STAGE. WHEN THE LAST NOTE WAS STRUCK AND THE FINAL FRAME CAPTURED, WE ASSEMBLED OUTSIDE TO TAKE A PHOTO ON THE STREET TO COMMEMORATE WHAT WE HAD JUST ACCOMPLISHED.

    ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED CONTINUED TO GENEROUSLY DONATE THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE OVER THE FOLLOWING WEEKS. SOME WORKED TIRELESSLY TO COMPILE AND EDIT THE EXTENSIVE FOOTAGE AND PHOTOGRAPHS. OTHERS MIXED AND MASTERED THE AUDIO RECORDINGS, DESIGNED THE ARTWORK AND WROTE THIS PASSAGE.

    NOBODY GOT PAID, AND NOBODY ASKED TO BE. WE ALL HAD ONE GOAL: TO COMMEMORATE THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD, AND EVERYTHING WE ACHIEVED WITHIN THE GREAT STONE WALLS.

    WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE FILM.

    Staring:
    BEFORE THE AFTERMATH
    BRONZE CHARIOT
    BURNING SEA
    DAMNED MEN
    ROBOTOSAURUS
    SWORDS
    THUNDERCLAW

    Directed by Dan McGuiness

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Debut Album "Nigredo"

Australian 6 Piece from Adelaide. Formed 2008.
New Album "Nigredo" recorded January 2011
Out May 27th 2011 on Capital Games.
Mostly structure, some improvisation. Loud.
Keen for a beer.

Australian 6 Piece from Adelaide. Formed 2008. New Album "Nigredo" recorded January 2011 out May 27th 2010 on Capital Games. mostly structure, some improvisation. Loud. Keen for a beer.

Way back in early 2010, we set out to write an album that represented the band we wanted to be and the albums we wanted to hear. We wrote songs that were inspired by dreams of starting again, the times when Ben wo...rked for long periods in the outback, friendships and families, dead end relationships, drinking, playing in bands, throwing caution to the wind, old town family dynasties and getting by in the lucky country. To capture the live and fluid sound we needed, the songs were tracked live as a band in only one day,with the vocals and guest instruments tracked in the following days. For us, Nigredo has essentially been 158 years in the making. The album not only reflects our past but also guides our future. We hope you find everything that we put into it (Bronze Chariot 2011)

They're quite a lot like The Drones with a little more regimentation and a little less chaos, which in some ways make them the more punishing. Both bands have a taste for that gothic Australiana where drunks and gunslingers, beaten wives and morally bankrupt preachers meet their variously grizzly ends: a little blood to lubricate the axles of the Bronze Chariot. Nigredo, meaning in alchemy blackness and purification, or in psychology the dark night of the soul, here personified as a dark traveler, he brings ruination to all those he meets. A perfect songwriter for this band, I think (4ZZZ 2011).

They're stupidly angry, sound rather like Tom Waits covered by a dirge band put through a cement mixer with the distortion pedals cranked (Spoz Rant 2010)

Nigredo is an album which is quite hard to define. If you can imagine a cross between Nick Cave, Black Sabbath and the Pixies, well, that might sound something like Bronze Chariot (The Dwarf 2011)

Fuzzed out power chords have been replaced by the twang of telecasters and plaintive slide solos. The bass and drums still bludgeon the listener, while the guitars paint a wall of noise that could never have been possible using
their old palette. And through it all, the unholy roar of the vocals. The old paint-stripper wail is still present, but so to is a swaggering growl able to accommodate the less ferocious guitar moments. To try and make an album that captures this cacophony is an ambitious task, but somehow they've pulled it off. Capturing the shimmering definition of the guitars within a sound that is heavy, towering, scary. The album also includes quieter interludes - the opening instrumental, "Brushfire" sets the mood perfectly. On "Hellhound Hymn"and "Horseshoe Bend" the guitarists take turns at vocals, employing a baritone drone which is a marked contrast to the other tracks. Just more great parts summing the even greater whole. Nigredo is clearly the product of a band who have arrived at the sound
they were always meant to make (Nat Stone 2011 / The Burning Sea / Diplomat)

While the music of Bronze Chariot is a lot heavier than anything Nick Cave has ever produced, they definitely have the stage prescience of the veteran Australian rocker (Rave Review 2010)

Bronze Chariot were very impressive and arguably had a more consistent aura about their set. The act looks set to build a solid profile in Adelaide and perhaps beyond within their scene (Faster Louder 2009).

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released May 27, 2011

GARRETT R. COOPER: Guitars & Vocals
SCOTT WILLIAMS: Drums & Percussion
BENJAMIN COOPER: Vocals
MATTHEW BARLOW: Guitars & Vocals
MARK DRAPER: Bass
NATHAN ABBOTT: Guitars, Organ & Piano

Recorded January 2011 at Capital Sound Studios in Adelaide, Australia
Engineered by Justin Hermes & Mike Deslandes
Mixed by Justin Hermes
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering CA
Released May 27th 2011

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Australian 6 Piece from Adelaide, Australia Formed 2008, now in hiatus. Latest album Nigredo is out on Capital Games. Mostly structure, some improvisation. Loud. Keen for a beer.

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Track Name: Nigredo
He came over plains
Stretching out as one can see
There’s a trail of tombstones
And eulogies from howling dogs

His crooked unkept jaw
Whistles jingled cries
Its no myth oh there’s a reason
For devastation to be swaggering in
Town bells were ringing
Yet no damn fool listening
The doors they get right kicked in
There’s only one way to skin a dirty cat

Oh man rich and poor
Curse money they don’t need it no more
And awe marches it marches on and on
To level this shit hole into the ground
Here comes Nigredo

That look in his eyes looks a little too familiar
On cruel lonely nights I dream of Nigredo
Track Name: Can't Win Them All
Shoulda known to get out there
Knew it weren’t same no more
Where’s a mistake ill make it
Where’s a mess I’ll dive right in
It’s just how I circle the drain
You can’t win them all

Remember one thing and she’ll be right
There two sides to every coin
Some you love and some you don’t
Nothing can stop the world turning
It’s just how the universe swings
You can’t win them all

A good old friend he once said
Stop your digging when you’re in a hole
Gather my things head through our door
Try my luck and roll em again
It’s just how the bets are laid
You can win them all.

What is done is done
You can win them all.
Track Name: Down At The Bar
The well is three deep far from dry
I fought the tough five o’clock war
To find a friend amongst strangers
They’ll be here to the very end
To the very end
There is the easy way down at the bar

And time swirls it swills around
Looking for answers in empty glasses
So put another one back
It’s a bloody wonder we’re still standing
we’re still standing
There is the hard way down at the bar

Down down down down....
Ill do my very best just give me one more chance.
Ill do my very best
Down at the bar
Track Name: The Crossing
Everyone’s troubles ache deep in their guts
Coz getting by is flogging a dead horse
When walls crumble and silhouettes ail
They’ll always be one last chance brooding on the outskirts of town
And I go on in
And can a man shedding skin turn back again

Spectre things ascend between dog and wolf I hear
All beasts come by my side
Canopies close around so heavens can’t reach and touch us now
All souls shall damn the tide
Fate is revealed breath by breath
And the phantoms gaining precious time
So parting reeds, debris is drifting away
From where I submerge within the rivers ethereal undertow
And I go on in
To see the faces of the living and the dead

Spectre things ascend between dog and wolf I hear
All beasts come by my side
Canopies close around so heavens can’t reach and touch us now
All souls shall damn the tide
Track Name: Hellhound Hymn
Out where stars shine bright I lay beaten and alone
Asking if the worst is still to come
There’s no telling how such damage was done
Nothing will change unless I stumble on

Beneath a round moon old bones and gums glow
Remind the rattle can shake before you know.
In darkness its always the coldest before dawn
The only way out of here aint death row

Hounds hunt in packs
When blood is around
Champing for the breath
Of who can’t inhale again

Go salivate elsewhere
Go collect another soul
Go sell a weaker man the deal
For when I return I will be with the ones in bloom.
Track Name: Lucky Country
Sovereignty is no where to be seen
Across this burnt land
And whittling wheat fields
Are still getting no yield

When you’re running the country betting on nothing
Loot is the saviour for a basket case like this
I said like this
In the Lucky Country
In the Lucky Country

So bring out your dead
For another days work
Where money is a small
Compensation for a boot in the face

Who will get the job done now sucking on boredom's breast
Spellbound and staring at a history with no future
I said no future
In the Lucky Country
In the Lucky Country

The racket is up shit creek
Doing all the wrong things
Descending in madness
Pissing into the wind
Cop it like the common man
Copping it from birth to grave

In the Lucky Country
In the Lucky Country
Track Name: Horseshoe Bend
9. HORSESHOE BEND

They came by boat
The carpenter and homemaker
Forging a frontier
Them were gruesome times

His son built by the river
Round horseshoe’s bend
Served his town damn well
A man of faith about town

Upon a black horse rode his son
Undertaker in fine thread
Drawn by our ancient seas
Traded in ochre and wood

One of nine was to follow
He never had an idle hand
Spreading yield around the regions
Farmer, butcher a father

Houses came rolling in
The name was left behind
Found her man early on
Young woman who passed by

Her daughter did it hard
Raised up in countless homes
Spreading rare dollars a mile
Were two sons

For those who toiled
From dawn to dusk
I left a town behind
Can’t hang my hat in
It’s ever looming
Shadow on the hill
Where the cemeteries calling out
To lay six feet down
In a dynasty I belong to
Round horseshoe’s bend