12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ten years into their recording career, Chevelle takes a detour into America’s paranormal fringe on Sci-Fi Crimes. This time, they play with themes of supernatural activity and interplanetary contact while continuing to lay down churning grooves and astringent guitar lines. “Roswell’s Spell,” for instance, stomps along to a thunderous beat worthy of John Bonham as singer Pete Loeffler wrestles with the facts behind UFO mythology. More insinuating is “Highland’s Apparition,” a ghost story offered in a breathy, slightly sinister tone. The band remains committed to serving up thick-cut, riff-driven rock in the manner of past albums and tracks like “Sleep Apnea” and “Letter from a Thief” strut with predatory menace, while “Mexican Sun” displays a tormented sort of swagger and “This Circus” twitches with a hint of funk. As ever, the band expresses disdain for human pretensions — the brutal “Jars” tears into mankind’s hope for self-salvation. At its core, Chevelle remains committed to its bedrock moral principles, even as it has fun batting around some choice conspiracy theories.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ten years into their recording career, Chevelle takes a detour into America’s paranormal fringe on Sci-Fi Crimes. This time, they play with themes of supernatural activity and interplanetary contact while continuing to lay down churning grooves and astringent guitar lines. “Roswell’s Spell,” for instance, stomps along to a thunderous beat worthy of John Bonham as singer Pete Loeffler wrestles with the facts behind UFO mythology. More insinuating is “Highland’s Apparition,” a ghost story offered in a breathy, slightly sinister tone. The band remains committed to serving up thick-cut, riff-driven rock in the manner of past albums and tracks like “Sleep Apnea” and “Letter from a Thief” strut with predatory menace, while “Mexican Sun” displays a tormented sort of swagger and “This Circus” twitches with a hint of funk. As ever, the band expresses disdain for human pretensions — the brutal “Jars” tears into mankind’s hope for self-salvation. At its core, Chevelle remains committed to its bedrock moral principles, even as it has fun batting around some choice conspiracy theories.

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