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Vena Sera

Chevelle

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Album Review

Despite Chevelle undergoing its first lineup change since the mid-'90s (trading out bassist brother Joe Loeffler for brother-in-law Dean Bernardini), not much else has been drastically altered in camp Chevelle. The loud/soft dynamic and angst-fueled vocals that nod heavily towards Tool, and which have always been the group's trademark, arrive in full force on their fourth album Vena Sera, but it's not enough to make the proceedings any more interesting than anything they've recorded in the past. Every song seems to be set up in the exact same manner; guitars lurch forward, diminish and eventually swell into choruses where Pete Loeffler's emotional vocals (ranging from shrieks to tuneful cries) take center-stage over a backdrop of steady yet dense rhythms. "Brainiac" and especially "Midnight to Midnight" take a noticeably heavier angle, the latter song running on a nice urgency that so many of Chevelle's other songs lack, instead choosing to lumber along in a murky sense of despair. First single "Well Enough Alone" emotes and then emotes in that way so perfect for the airwaves, and though it's a decent song — the opening shriek is especially nice — it more so highlights the frustrating aspect of Vena Sera. The album is good enough, but too much of it simply sounds like rewrites of songs from the band's past. "I Get It" has a relatively lighter underbelly than the rest, which is a nice change of pace, but it's ultimately too little, too late. However, Vena Sera probably won't disappoint fans, if for the sole fact that it basically sounds just like Chevelle's other albums, so that if they liked those, they'll like this one. But anyone looking for a little more, well, they'll be left looking.

Customer Reviews

More than I could have hoped for!

I expected this album to burst from the blocks much like the debut single ‘Well Enough Alone’, however, the first song ‘Antisaint’ draws you in bar by bar, increasing the goose bumps until smashing you with a beautifully melodic chorus! If big guitar and bass, and even bigger drums and catchy vocal lines do it for you, this album will blow you away. If you’ve never heard of Chevelle, I suggest you also buy ‘This Type of Thinking......’ to see where they’ve come from, you won’t be disappointed. I also love the previous two, but if you do buy ‘Point # 1’, just keep in mind it’s very old school. Highlights.......I can’t pick any out – buy it, you’ll love it!

Nothing but brilliance

For those that have listened to Wonder What's Next, and This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), this album will be far from a disappointment for you. Chevelle's devotion toward a unique sound that they have strived to build themselves on from the beginning has not been altered through the birth of Vena Sera. If anything, this album strengthens everything that they have built on. Much of their broad capability in musical variety have not been changed through this album, if anything, this album only bolsters their variety in their styles of music. Personally speaking, when i bought this album, i was worried that Vena Sera may not be able to compare to the masterpiece that they spawned in 2004. My fears were obliterated within the very first songs, where all i could here was musical masterpiece after masterpiece. this is definately an album worth buying if you are a fan of Chevelle's music. This is a band where trying to pick a favourite song is difficult as each song has a characteristic of its own which you come to appreciate and cherish. Personally, i love all the songs on each album in their own ways which i appreciate due to each one having a unique sound and a hook that can catch you right from the beginning. Chevelle is truly a band that will live on forever from generation to generation. my recommendation? Buy it! Buy it now! And if you don't have their previous album's as i have mentioned, do yourself a favour and go out and get them too. You will not truly appreciate this band untill you have listened to their previous albums as well as this one.

brilliant

excelent as all ways from the boys, stand out track... i get it. amazing live as well

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Inspired by the lurching riffs of Helmet and the soft/loud vocal dynamics of Tool, the Chicago-based trio Chevelle formed in 1995 with an aggressive, heavy sound. Comprised of brothers Sam (drums), Pete (vocals, guitar), and Joe Loeffler (bass), the band began playing parties and outdoor events, which quickly led to bookings at Chicago clubs when youngest member Joe was just 14 years old. In 1999, Chevelle released their Steve Albini-produced debut album, Point #1, on Squint Entertainment. Three...
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