Chevelle
Sci-Fi Crimes


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
August 25th, 2009 | 80 replies | 7,465 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Chevelle would be absolute monsters if you got into a fight with them. Well let me clarify that a bit; if you’re were still in high school (equivalence to mainstream radio) and you we’re stuck in a heated debate (equivalence to a fight) on whether the radio was still worth your listening time, Chevelle would absolutely put all inhibitions to shame with this release as they come storming into your speakers like never before. Ladies and gentlemen, to be blunt, this is the way Chevelle should sound, as the trio of brothers (Dean being the half brother) come very close to releasing their magnum opus.

Right off the bat I’ll tell you that only a handful of tracks in the boys’ discography can match what they’ve released on this album, save for Jars which was not only a poor choice for a first single, but it shouldn’t haven even been included in the finished product. For those of you awaiting your answers to classics like Mia, Closure, and The Red look no further as Shameful Metaphors is more than ready to be placeholder as the bands best song to date. Pete croons past the slithering intro riff only to catapult into a tug-o-war between him and the instruments, as it balances the fine line of melodic/heavy like never before. The lyrics are once again to only heighten the experience as we hear Pete for the first time is being a little more intuitive of himself singing out, “So why then, Has all my life made no sound, I fear your eyes closing, Even now…”.

Also continuing with the trends, the band produces yet another stellar album opener with Sleep Apnea kludging its way in with its clunky guitar riffs and (FINALLY) the return of the double bass. You’ll also notice that Pete sounds as comfortable as ever delivering some of his best lines ever in the erupting chorus, “I gasp and hold my breath, These needs have chained so deep, To face you all, Let’s say I’ve been awake forever…”. What makes this song work and with most others though are the little things which shows the true progression of the band as they present the marching drone of the drum in the verse, and a stifled guitar only to heighten the strength in Pete’s voice. Mexican Sun not only employs the best riff of the album, but also its greatest melodic moments with Pete storming in with his eccentric voice to deliver the ascending intro right into some beautiful harmonies for the verse.

I’d hate to call this a return to form for the band as Vena Sera didn’t arrive to disappointment, but admittedly it was a detour from their core sound. I’m happy to announce that Chevelle have recaptured that aura of a hard edge sound that pushes the boundaries of friendly melody most notably on A New Momentum with it’s dissonant intro guiding the way for its voided aesthetic verse. The drums are also at their strongest here as Sam continues to improve his abilities, though nothing too striking like the beautiful Saferwaters, but his role on this disc is simply the stabilizer as all his efforts complete the cohesiveness of the album.

There’s something on this disc for fans of every release by the boy’s as infatuates of Point #1 days will certainly welcome tracks like Letter From A Thief which take full use of its recording process sounding imminently raw and showcasing the bands talent as whole instead of different instrumental aspects like previous effort Vena Sera. Those who enjoyed This Type of Thinking need not be worried that the band regressed into a less production enthused release as songs like Roswell’s Spell and A New Momentum offer some of the heaviest and intricate moments on the disc with their hammering riffs and Pete exerting an ample force for his voice like never before. Although I forewarn those who desire the malicious screaming as the band reveal an understanding that there’s more to aggression than blatant vocal breakers. Fans of old can certainly recall the days where Pete elevated his voice into a pitched yell at any moment; this time around things have changed a bit.

You can definitely feel the emotion stemming for every word Pete evocates as his relationship with the mic has never sounded so surreal - a true plus. Instead of deviating that fine line into a scream, we’re greeted with soaring highs and subtle lines of “Leave you a pen, Write it down, Oh you know what you can do with it” as he lets the instruments do most of the pounding for him, and boy does it work most exclusively on tracks like Mexican Sun and Jars. But its not all about delivering your hostility on a platter of rampant aggressive tones, as one of the more urgent tracks comes from the acoustic Highland’s Apparition. Finally a worthy adversary of Bend the Bracket all we get is Pete and his guitar as he eschews lines “Tell us we are demented, watch as our attention span will hold so fast, and then goes up in smoke…”, a suffice victory in the department of vocals everything about this track is perfect from its cryptic acoustic feel to the angry undertone in Pete’s voice.

Last, but certainly not least fans of Wonder What’s Next rejoice as Fell Into Your Shoes reveries all that I Get It wishes it could be with its dueling guitar work, and feverish chorus layered with the eeriness that is Comfortable Liar. The song begs for subsequent listens as it slowly churns its way in with its slick bass licks and haunting chimes setting the mood for the rest of the song as it crawls its way around not one but TWO guitar solos. Let’s just take a moment for those of us who know Chevelle to understand how astonishing that is to hear… Ok moving on.

All in all, a fantastic cd to add to the bands catalogue. The only unfortunate thing to note is how this will certainly signify another nail into mainstream radios coffin, as they sink to all new depths boasting around the same tired formulas of other more “appealing” bands. In what has truly been a extraordinary year for music, from rebirths of great acts like Blink-182 to Emery releasing an album of true return to form. Chevelle are able to ellipse themselves yet again with This Circus closing on one of the more solid tracks instrumentally with its psychedelic-ish riff and dance enthused drum beat. The boys walk out on an astounding note as almost to say, “We’ll be back…” and I for one without a doubt will be waiting.

Track Recommendations Include: Fell Into Your Shoes, Sleep Apnea, This Circus, A New Momentum



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fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


i tried my absolute best, not to fall into a tbt with this but it was so damn hard as everything is worth mentioning. the good news is being i was able to shave 3 pages off this so hopefully it makes for an easier read.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Douglas
August 25th 2009



9051 Comments


I was expecting a 10/5 review, though well done good review pos'd blah blah blah.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

proofread/spellcheck please.

Poet
August 25th 2009



5920 Comments


and no need for the CAPSUNDERLINE either. If this was your first review, I wouldn't be too annoyed with it (hell I did it), but being your 22nd, it's not really necessary.

Phantom
August 25th 2009



8930 Comments


taaaaaaaaake everything from the inside and throw it all awaaaaay

charlesfishowitz
August 25th 2009



1794 Comments


yeah these guys fight hard and take no prisoners in a world of down tuned multi layered in your face jpop

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


I was expecting a 10/5 review

lol, trust me i wanted this to be a classic and then some, but ultimately i feel like there is better still to come.

Romulus
August 25th 2009



8411 Comments


Another good one fti, pos'd. I'll be checking this out at some point.

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


gtfohere who ever neg'd.
anyway definitely check this out foxxxy.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2009



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i thought you said this would take like 2 days to write

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


i haven't slept lol, i've been listening to this and writing since last night, something i didn't intend to do, but i just couldn't put it down.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2009



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's better then i expected

PayneTiger777
August 25th 2009



4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think I'll ever understand why people didn't like Vena Sera that much, but anyways, I'm looking forward to buying this my first day I go back to college. Chevelle never disappoints me.

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


by no means did i not like VS, its just not the album i wanted chevelle to release. that record contains some of my faves from the guy's in actuality, its just this sound suits the band more so than ever before.

MassiveAttack
August 25th 2009



2688 Comments


You're on a review streak there crazy man.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2009



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

didn't it get released?

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


it was released yesterday for digital download much like beggars. physical copy is officially out on the 31st.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2009



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

somebody is in trouble

fromtheinside
August 25th 2009



17678 Comments


incorrect. using skyroo, you can pre-order the physical copy of the album and receive an instant message directing you to where you can download the entire album. i'd be glad to send you the message and all its information.

PayneTiger777
August 25th 2009



4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually prefer some of the heaviness of Chevelle over some of their other stuff and Pete's screams are fricken awesome. I'll probably end up giving this album a 4 or a 4.5, just because Chevelle is my second favorite band. I do like how they are changing their sound with every new album they put out and the cover art is mad cool.



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