Hats Off To The Bull



by Bwgrotha1s USER (30 Reviews)
November 11th, 2013 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The new tricks this old dog learned in 2009 haven't been forgotten..

2009's "Sci-Fi Crimes" couldn't have come to accomplish the feats that it did at a better time in the world of music. 2009 and 2010 were among the final years of the dissipating nu-metal landscape, where many bands changed up what genre they were, or fell off of the map completely. Dub-Step and House had officially swallowed the scene by 2011, and what better band than Chevelle to head the continuation of solid hard-rock, free of heavy electronics and sampling" On their sixth studio release, "Hats Off To The Bull" they remain true to what caused their success on "Sci-Fi Crimes" but it's almost easier for them now, with much of the competition dying out or becoming irrelevant.

Things are considerably softer this time around, and that is perfectly fine since Chevelle would often tread into that territory on just about every album they have recorded. And while things are softer, they aren't THAT much softer, there's just nothing as hard-hitting as "This New Momentum" or "The Fad." Songs only get as heavy as "Face to The Floor" and the title track, which effectively deliver the needed dose of Chevelle's low-note intensity. The rest of the album however, rolls a little more slowly with emphasis on layered guitars and Loeffler's best vocal work. "Same Old Trip" offers up a relatively strong main riff and inspired chorus-singing. "Ruse" flows on a loose rhythm and an even looser guitar melody, all tied together with a bouncy center-stage bass-line. "The Meddler" is among the best cuts from the album, sporting an irresistibly curious main riff and a passionate chorus tagged to beautiful Loeffler-singing and layers on layers of loud arena guitars.

"Envy" an initially soft song, grows with a listener's patience into a mammoth of beauty and stellar guitar work, a worthy pay-off. "Arise" specializes in fueling one with positive energy thanks to its uplifting melodies, and "Prima Donna" the quiet acoustic cut, proves graceful in its easily relative Loeffler lyrics.

There's really nothing on here that comes out average except for "Pinata" and "Revenge," two tracks that feel out of place based on their redundancy and tiresome song structures. But other than that, there is much to look forward to on this 2011 outing that assures fans Chevelle now knows how to continue crafting successful records while their former opponents are fading into the shadows that are covering this genre of music

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  • Xenophanes STAFF (3)
    "Hats Off to the Bull" succeeds in most respects, but is indicative of a band that is slow...

    whitecastle142 (3.5)
    Though the band's self-proclaimed return to their roots supplies some solid tracks, it see...

    PistolPete (4)
    In Chevelle we trust....

    StlPaulL (3.5)
    I hope this "radio rock" is exactly that, perhaps I'll have a reason to turn on my radio....

  • GwyntTywyll (3.5)
    Chevelle is back and ready to rock with another solid release, but don't expect anything m...

    PostMesmeric (4)
    Chevelle's superb return to their roots abandons goofy lyrics and experimental composition...

    Axel (2.5)
    Chevelle do nothing in 2011...

Comments:Add a Comment 
November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

While many people think this band is a one trick pony, I believe the best is yet to come.

November 11th 2013


many people think this band is a one trick pony

who said that ill fuck somebody up

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Sci-Fi Crimes is my favorite album. Wonder What's Next was phenomenal, but really was more appealing at a younger age, and I feel like it has that effect with most people, it's just less-mature music. Sci-Fi Crimes I feel is their most passionate release, and just has a mature approach, that carries through Hats Off To The Bull, and it really shines in times like these when everything else is starting to suck.

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

sci-fi is probably the best record they made if everyone ignored their nostalgic values for previous albums

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

even if it's chevelle at their more energetic, VS's production is kinda bad so that alone I wouldn't prefer it

November 11th 2013


this type of thinking >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

don't be fucking dumb guys. its not even about nostalgia at this point

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

you're just fooling yourself mac

November 11th 2013


nope i am the truth

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Thinking and Sci Fi are good, but I prefer Wonder and Vena.

November 11th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

^ What he said.

Hats Off is my least favorite Chevelle record.

January 31st 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

Can't believe this review eluded me. I must've been on one of my "oh I'm gonna prove how cool I am and

NOT go on sputnik"-moods when this user put it up.

Your opinion almost exactly matches mine and you articulated it far better. Well done have a 3-month

late POS.

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