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Album Review

You might not expect an injection of such lighthearted fare on a Chevelle album, but it certainly is no crime. In fact, after such blistering material on 2007's Vena Sera, it almost seemed proper to tackle less weighty subjects such as apparitions, conspiracy theories, and erratic sleeping conditions. Sci-Fi Crimes, the hard rock trio's fifth album, isn't so much a change of pace as it is a change in source material from which to draw the group's fiercely dynamic sound. Experiences in the lives of the band made it easy for lead man Pete Loeffler to boldly go in a new direction with his songwriting. Take "Highland's Apparition," for instance, which is based on a spooky occurrence at a haunted house, or "Roswell's Spell," inspired by a visit to the UFO Museum in New Mexico. Other songs are less off the wall and more right on target. First single "Jars" explores the down side of "going green" in typical Chevelle style. "Letter from a Thief" is perhaps the most personal tale on the album, written about an incident when the band's equipment was stolen during a tour stop. Let's just say the experience hasn't yet been forgiven and forgotten. This is most certainly the same band that draws frequent comparisons to Tool, with its crunchy guitar attack and Loeffler's unforgettable vocal delivery. But it's their ability to pull off such flippant tales with their characteristic punch that gives Sci-Fi Crimes a humanizing appeal not found on their previous records.

Customer Reviews

Un essentiel dans ma voiture!

Si on me laissait le choix d'être dans n'importe quel band, je choisirais Chevelle pour l'ensemble de ce qu'ils font. C'est une valeure sur dans les riffs en général, le mix de l'album est sans faille, la basse est à sa place, la guitare et la voix sont présente dans la gamme de fréquence essentiel, ce qui laisse toute la place à la batterie, qu'elle soit triggée ou pas.

Je suis personnellement tres heureux d'avoir cet album, je le fais jouer dans ma voiture régulièrement et c'est toujours la même réaction par les passagers.. "C'est qui ca!!!" "c'est chevelle, fait tes devoirs ca torche en criss ce band la!"

Chevelle's New Momentum

Chevelle still delivers with some of the best melodic hard rock out there! Pete is one of the most outstanding lead singers ive ever heard, and he's backed by instrumentals that are equally as impressive. Every track is amazing, but A New Momentum is probably the best rock out track on the album. Bottom line, any Chevelle fan will love this album. If you havent heard them before, this is a great place to start. Chalk me up as a Chevelle fan forever, would love to see them live. This isnt christian at all, its rock and roll baby!


Really great effort. These guys continue to march to the beat of there own drum, rather then become a pop band, like so many rock bands do.


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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