Chiodos: Bone Palace Ballet - A Post-Hardcore Masterpiece
Bone Palace Ballet is the second studio album by American post-hardcore band Chiodos, released on September 4, 2007 by Equal Vision Records. The album features 11 tracks of intense and emotional music, blending elements of metalcore, progressive rock, classical and piano. The album's title is taken from a book of poems by Charles Bukowski, and the lyrics deal with themes of love, loss, betrayal and death.
The album received critical acclaim from music critics, who praised the band's musical diversity, technical skill and vocalist Craig Owens' powerful performance. The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 39,000 copies in its first week. It also reached number 1 on the Independent Albums chart and number 2 on the Alternative Albums chart. The album spawned three singles: \"Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)\", \"The Undertaker's Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)\" and \"Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered\".
In 2008, the band reissued the album as Bone Palace Ballet: Grand Coda, which included four bonus tracks: two acoustic versions and two new songs. The reissue also featured new artwork and a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and live performances. The reissue was released on October 28, 2008 in the US and on January 26, 2009 in the UK.
Bone Palace Ballet is widely considered as one of the best albums in the post-hardcore genre, and a landmark in Chiodos' career. The album showcases the band's unique sound and style, combining heavy riffs, melodic hooks, orchestral arrangements and poetic lyrics. The album is a must-listen for fans of post-hardcore music and anyone who appreciates creative and passionate rock music.
One of the most distinctive features of Bone Palace Ballet is the use of classical instruments and arrangements, such as strings, piano and horns. The band collaborated with composer John Spiker, who also worked with bands like Tenacious D and Filter, to create the orchestral parts of the album. The band also used a choir and a harpist for some songs. The result is a rich and dynamic sound that adds depth and contrast to the heavy guitars and drums.
The album also showcases the band's lyrical prowess and creativity, as they draw inspiration from various literary sources and personal experiences. The album's title and some of the song titles are references to Charles Bukowski's poems, such as \"Two Birds Stoned at Once\" and \"The Undertaker's Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable\". Other songs are based on novels, such as \"Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)\", which is inspired by Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and \"Intensity in Ten Cities\", which is inspired by Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. The lyrics are often cryptic, metaphorical and emotional, reflecting the band's feelings and thoughts on various topics.
Bone Palace Ballet is not only a musical achievement, but also a visual one. The album's artwork was designed by Paul Romano, who also worked with bands like Mastodon and Trivium. The artwork features a surreal and dark imagery of a palace made of bones, with various characters and scenes related to the album's themes and songs. The artwork also includes hidden messages and symbols that can be discovered by the fans. The band also released a series of music videos for some of the songs, such as \"Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)\", \"The Undertaker's Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)\" and \"Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered\", which further illustrate the album's story and concept. ec8f644aee