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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

Chevelle takes it to a whole new level

From the opening chugging riffs on "Antisaint", through the melodies of "Well Enough Alone", and the final thunderous hit of Saturdays. CHEVELLE SIMPLY BRINGS IT ON THIS ALBUM. I listened to Vena Sera once through and I am hooked. The new bassist makes a huge difference in terms of adding that chuggng, thunderous sound to complement Pete Loeffler's screams and melodies. Their is just no slowing down on Vena Sera. If you love Chevelle's style...stands up and beats it's chest in a roaring scream on this album, hands down their best one to date!

Chevelle "Vena Sera"

Chevelle fans WILL NOT be disappointed by the new album!! The band's new bass player must have been the catalyst for the heavier sound of "Vena Sera". The album rocks!! My favorite new tracks include "Saturdays", "The Fad", and "Midnight To Midnight". This is a true "rock" album and I highly recommend Chevelle's new album.

Solid Album

This is probably my second favorite album by Chevelle behind Wonder What's Next. The guitar riffs and melodies are tight. The bass is right in the pocket with the drums. Only thing it lacks is some variety. I hoped to see a slow song similar to "Panic Prone". But overall still a very well done album. Recommended tracks are "Saferwaters", "Paint the Seconds", "Straight Jacket Fashion" and of course "Well Enough Alone".

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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