Mathcore Great The Chariot Lives Out Its Final Days

Categories: Interview, Metal!

Courtesy of Brian Hall
Brandon Henderson, Stephen Harrison, David Kennedy and Josh Scogin of The Chariot
Diehard fans of Southern mathcore outfit The Chariot know what's happening. They know that after a 10-year run the band is finally going its separate ways. The Chariot is a little over two weeks out from their last show ever, taking place in vocalist and founding member Josh Scogin's hometown of Douglasville, GA, and Scogin's as contented as ever. He's no stranger to leaving behind a well-placed legacy, having also been the founding vocalist for Norma Jean, and The Chariot's disbanding will also be the stuff of metal lore to come.

"At the end of the day, the more I thought about it the more I got to the point that I think ten years is the perfect time to wrap it up," he says. "We're technically off of any contract with any labels, it's just kind of one of those times where everything felt right. There wasn't one main event -- the door just kind of slowly peeked its way open and the more we started looking through it, the more we felt a real peace about it."

Yet the realization that The Chariot, having released five albums while relentlessly touring over its decade-long existence, has its days numbered is just now registering with Scogin. While the concept of the disbanding isn't foreign to him, the day-to-day events of touring are beginning to seem more like milestones than just another jaunt on the road.

"Today, we stopped by the Pacific Ocean, to walk out and touch it, grab some sand, the whole bit, and it was one of those things where it was like 'Wow, this is the last time me and these dudes are going to touch the sand and be able to wrestle with Mother Nature,'" he says. "Maybe it's for the best that it's not a constant reminder, but at the end of the day I feel like it's these little spurts that can be way worse because it gets really thick when it does hit."

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