To be honest, when I got "All's Well That Ends Well" in the mail, I didn't know what to expect. First known as the Chiodos Bros., they had a variety of styles show up in their earlier work, but with their Equal Vision debut, they tried to categorize their sound a bit more with duel-guitar riffs and better lyrics. While there is still a melting pot of styles on this release, it's more defined. Chiodos is a sextet featuring vocalist Craig Owens, Radley Bell on keyboards and backing vocals, guitarists Pat McManaman and Jason Hale, and Matt Goddard on bass. Chiodos has a nice-sized fan base and has toured with the likes of Coheed and Cambria and Yellowcard. With musical influences from Saves The Day to Queen to At The Drive-In, Chiodos covers a lot of genres in their music. Filled with electronic beats, piano, metal riffs, screaming, and vocals that rival Anthony Green, this is one fun album. At times melodic and at times in your face, this is one album that will definitely intrigue you.
The album begins with an Interlude that features a raining premise followed by Muse-like piano playing. This leads into the energetic "All Nereids Beware,” which features a guitar riff that'll get you moving. "The Words 'Best Friend' Become Redifined" hits you hard with its fist-pumping intro, which leads you to the piano serenading you to Owens' talking. "There Are No Penguins In Alaska" is one of the more poppy songs on this album (which isn't a bad thing). I could see this song becoming very popular among the kids in this scene. "No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room" begins with slowly then leads into a fast bass drum beat to the screams of Owens. The guitars pick up and then drop back to the piano. A very up and down song, it's a favorite of mine. Every song features something different, yet maintains a distinct sound.
Overall, this is another solid release by Equal Vision. Chiodos is only going to gain more fans with this stellar release. If you are into more than one specific genre, this is for you. The variety of this album has impressed me much. Expect the unexpected with Chiodos; you'll enjoy it so much more.
One of my favorite Cds of all time.
Honestly, I think the review hardly does the Cd justice; it's just sooo layered and takes you so many places I think it deserves a lot longer to fully describe.
Personally? I'd rate it around a 92.
True, my tastes aren't the best, but I think it's a work of genius.
If only more bands could be as creative...