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Biography

Phase 1:
Garrett R Cooper
Scott Williams
Benjamin Cooper
Michael Elijah
Recorded and Released "SAQQARA"

Bronze Chariot came together in the early months of 2008 settling on the line up of Garrett Cooper, Scott Williams, Benjamin Cooper and Michael Elijah. The list of former bands was long and included; This City Dynamite!!!, Artax Mission, Donkey Kong, Sun, The New Mutiny, Eyes Like Black Stars, Egypt and more. Early sessions could be described as monstrous jam gatherings inspired by the decades of stoner rock and doom noise we were delving into at the time. From the night of our first show at Urtex in July 2009 to the end of the year we played many shows not only as a four piece but also as an instrumental three piece when vocalist Ben was out of town. Song structures and sets were improvisational and no track ever sounded the same twice.

In January 2009 we recorded four tracks clocking in over 32 mins at Capital Sound studios with Mike Deslandes. During this period it became increasingly evident that a second guitarist was needed to strengthen our sound as we moved into more post-metal tangents and explorations. Matthew Barlow of Thunderclaw became the fifth member and played his first show with Bronze Chariot in March 2009. The same night we released a limited run split with Thunderclaw and Heirs containing the track Bronze Chariot in CDR format.

"SAQQARA" our debut CDEP was released at the Enigma Bar on the 11th of April. The favourably reviewed release revealed the diverse sounds that were being experimented with at the time and now, in reflection, a band in transition.

In July 2009 original guitarist Michael Elijah decided to leave for other adventures and played his last show with Bronze Chariot on 22nd August at the Enigma Bar. The remaining members not only decided that the band had to continue but also Garrett should move from bass duties and take up guitars. To complete the line-up Mark Draper of Swords, This City Dynamite!!! Monuments and Eyes Like Black Stars infamy joined the ranks in September 2009.

With a solidified line up, we dusted ourselves off and began writing songs once again. The passing in time has shepherded a new collection of influences and fuelled a new bite. This all will be unleashed on Friday the 16th of October as apart of the Coopers Alive showcase held at the Ed Castle. In the remaining months of 2009 we will be back on the road again and writing material for our album in 2010.

Phase 2:
Garrett R Cooper
Scott Williams
Benjamin Cooper
Matthew Barlow
Mark Draper
Recorded and Released "YOUNG BLOOD"

Phase 3:
Garrett R Cooper
Scott Williams
Benjamin Cooper
Matthew Barlow
Mark Draper
Nathan Abbott
Recorded and Released "NIGREDO"

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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