Chevalier
Destiny Calls


2.5
average

Review

by dwightfryed USER (11 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2019 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This means war!

Devoted agents of steel from Helsinki, the five-piece known as Chevalier slash and crash through 45 minutes of metallic busy-ness, long on spoken word-intros, galloping warrior narratives, instrumentals and outros, short on choruses. They’ve studied their Fate and their Omen and recruited a deliriously excellent singer in Emma Grönqvist. Subsequently their first full-length is packed with knotty epics of clashing swords and cosmic apocalypse likely to lock up your stereo.

The iron-clad skill of journeyman bassist Sebastian Bergman seems the glue that holds Chevalier’s colossal odysseys together, twisting and burbling along the speeding and marching tangents of cuts like “A Warrior’s Lament”. For all of the album’s soaring, grinding rollercoaster changes and grandiose moments, very little actually sticks to memory. Emma’s final scream at the end of the 8+ minute megalith “Curse of a Dead Star” makes the neckhairs twinge, and the album’s centerpiece “Stormbringer” (no, not that one) is like a melodic oasis in a desert of musical restlessness, guitars chiming and charging hard over triumphant verse and strong chorus, two guitars flashing like fire from a silo – a beacon of hope for the band’s future.

Full of promise and all the right influences, if Chevalier reign in the thorny digressions and throw in some choruses, the world will be their enchilada.



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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9962 Comments


This review is a little too brief. A short write-up is certainly fine, but here the details are so sparse that it's hard to tell what happens in this album--just a small, fleeting glimpse. A relatively low rating like a 2.5 also makes me wonder why this is so uninterested; the only reasoning provided is that it is unmemorable I suppose.

I think it would help to expand upon a lot of this to be a lot more clear.

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dwightfryed
July 23rd 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good feedback.



Sorry about that, I have a short and jaunty reviewing style. I write a lot of reviews, this place may not be for me.

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Source
July 23rd 2019


12808 Comments


The new Chevelle is out?

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9962 Comments


This place is for all kinds of music fans my man. I'm sorry for adding the critique; I like nerding out about music and hearing/reading other people nerd out about music, and I like to try and improve that conversation any way I can. I'll never offer anything from a place of malice or otherwise ill-intent. Unless you murdered my dog or something but considering he's sitting in my lap right now I think we're good.

dwightfryed
July 23rd 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not at all - I really do appreciate feedback and yours is highly constructive. English teachers burned brevity into my brain and I tend to subtract, subtract, subtract in fear of bloated writing. But too much, and it becomes like a fortune cookie!



Is that a picture of Michael Weston?

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9962 Comments


I feel that. I know I tend to ramble so I occupy the other end of the spectrum. Brevity is absolutely fine in reviewing--even encouraged depending on who you ask--it just needs to be done concisely.

And that is indeed Michael Weston. I grew up watching Burn Notice and I did a binge-watching session a while back that rekindled my love. So I had to show my respect!

dwightfryed
July 23rd 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Excellent - I loved that show!

Anthracks
August 2nd 2019


6284 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i'm shocked at there being positive reception for this vocalist?

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