Chevelle
Wonder What's Next


5.0
classic

Review

by itachi1452 USER (14 Reviews)
September 25th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Note: Before any of you go all psycho on me because I gave this album a 5, please listen to my reasons.

Chevelle started out as an indie rock band, which a different bassist at the time. Eventually, possibly due to label conflicts, they shifted their musical direction. Wonder What's Next was the first album to really to portray them as an alternative metal band. Wonder What's Next proved to be a huge success, garnering critical acclaim and even going platinum. This album proved that Chevelle was one of the leaders of the pack, if of course, the pack was a genre, and more specifically, alt-metal.

One of the best parts of this album is the originality. Chevelle is a fairly unique band, as far as the definition goes. Gradually, they've lost originality, but Wonder What's Next is their best album to date. The song structures are all great, and is always a great listen.

Pete Loeffler is one of my favorite melodic vocalists. He's often accused of being a Maynard James Keenan ripoff, but in a sense, which alt-metal singer isn't" Pete's vocal style can range from some nice tuneful, melodic, and clean singing, then to a fierce, aggressive scream. And what adds on to make it even better is how long he can keep screaming. Songs like "Don't Fake It", "Grab Thy Hand", and even "The Red" for a matter, all demonstrate just how well he can sing, scream, and even mix them together.

The guitar is one of the best parts. Though this album has a pretty apparent lack of guitar solos, or at least, recognizable ones, this album still contains some pretty tight guitarwork. "Forfeit" is a perfect example, in which Pete scratches the string with his pick, while distorting the guitar to give a unique sound. The guitar is part of what makes this album very heavy. This album is just full of pulsing powerchords, and it's not always a good thing, but in this case, it is.

The bass is also pretty nice. With trios, it's hard not to let your bass have a large role. Especially since Pete enjoys putting his hands on the mic when he sings. Joe plays some pretty neat bass riffs in this album, such as in "The Red", and "An Evening with El Diablo". The drumming is pretty normal, it doesn't stick out too much though.

This album basically builds in the wake of Tool, with bridges just leading right into a powerful, soaring chorus. Of course, it'll still be hard to often match the catchiness of the singles, but this album is still a masterpiece. Songs like "Wonder What's Next" are definately examples of prog influence, featuring some art rock-influenced guitar riffs as well. Chevelle definately has great potential, and will most likely dominate the alternative metal scene.

Recommended Tracks:
Send the Pain Below
Family System
Don't Fake This
Grab Thy Hand



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    Chevelle shows they are ahead of the radio-rock pack with one of the 2000's best hard rock...

    DropTune (4)
    Streamlined, focused, and experimental are all words to describe the formula behind Wonder...

    Bwgrotha1s (4)
    A benchmark record for Nu and Alternative Metal of the early 2000's....

    Apollo (4)
    Without a doubt one of the most talented hard rock bands of all time....

  • Acey (4)
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    MusicalMark92 (3.5)
    Simple yet intriguing, Wonder What's Next is a solid effort from an often overlooked band....

    teamsleep698 (3.5)
    For Chevelle's second album it lacks talent. Can sometimes get repetitive. A very catchy a...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
September 25th 2007


49496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is an excellent cd, possibly might enjoy this more than This type of thinking, but a 5 is kinda embellishing this cd. I'm not even capable of writing a review for a 5 star review, not many 5's in my book.

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Epilogue
September 25th 2007


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No way a five. Sorry. And the review was too pale for a five star rating, beef it up a bit, if you can.



beef it up :lol:

MediocreAtBest
September 25th 2007


1473 Comments


I agree that this is their best album, but it's not a classic my man. Sorry!

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2007


3146 Comments


I'm glad you dig these guys, and your review is good, but I don't think your descriptions warrant it being a 5. You get my vote because you're improving and you're starting to develop your own style, but this isn't a must-own release by any means. Keep up the good work, though, dude!

Aficionado
September 25th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A) They signed to a new label, Epic. Before they hit it big they were with a label called Squint. That label dissolved and the band had a lawsuit on their hands about the property of some of their music. Thus the title "wonder whats next"



B)Chevelle wouldn't really be classified as an indie band on Point #1 by any means. I would more like to call them alternative metal.



C)This album is not original, thats the problem. Which is why its so generic



Good review nonetheless.

Pebster49
September 25th 2007


3021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya I think you overrated these guys, they are very stale on the guitars, but the drumming is good, and they have a good vocalist, with some catchy songs.



"Pete Loeffler is one of my favorite melodic vocalists. He's often accused of being a Maynard James Keenan ripoff, but in a sense, which alt-metal singer isn't?"



If its a classic rating they shouldn't be ripping off anymore, it should be something new. This Message Edited On 09.25.07

clairvoyant
September 25th 2007


765 Comments



If its a classic rating they shouldn't be ripping off anymore, it should be something new.


that statement is utterly false

gasmaskman
September 25th 2007


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



If its a classic rating they shouldn't be ripping off anymore, it should be something new.


Ummmmmmmmmmmm...Isis



Anyways, Chevelle is a band I like, but a 5?! Seriously? There's not enough of a review to back it up, but this is no where near a 5.

cometuesday
September 25th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wasn't the legal issue with the brother that left the band? I thought I read that somewhere.

roofi
September 25th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, they had a big falling out with Joe and they kicked him out of the band. Thanksgiving dinner must be interesting at their house now.

cbmartinez
September 26th 2007


2525 Comments


I love this album but I'd give it a 4 or maybe 4.5. I dug the review though.

Aficionado
September 26th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wasn't the legal issue with the brother that left the band? I thought I read that somewhere




The bassist(brother) was in this album. He left after This type of thinking. The wonder whats next is actually referring to the lawsuit after the release of Point #1.

Aficionado
September 26th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wasn't the legal issue with the brother that left the band? I thought I read that somewhere




The bassist(brother) was in this album. He left after This type of thinking. The wonder whats next is actually referring to the lawsuit after the release of Point #1.

Chaosweaver
January 2nd 2008


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The red and closure are probably my favorite songs on this album. Not over the top awesome but a good release.



on a more personal note, this band was a big factor in my switch to metal later on.

KManoc1
June 12th 2017


152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Easily one of the best Alternative Metal albums out there.

Muppelope
June 12th 2017


1663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good bump

Kalopsia
June 12th 2017


3126 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you couldn't have waited a few more months and bumped it so we had 10 years between comments?

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