Chevelle has progressively become a favorite of mine, and after the song "The Red" was released, I was hooked. It seems there's a dire need for Chevelle to attire Flackjackets thanks to some of you reviewers, but atleast there are some other reviewes that are... right. Climbing from atop soapbox, commencing the review.
Vena Sera is not only Chevelle's best album (that is reaking with solidarity), it could quite easily be my favorite album of this year. Chevelle has always had a formula, even you vena-sera-haters can't deny it. The song kicks off at a decent pace, then explodes at the end. Vena Sera is devoid of this Formula. That is perhaps why so many of you were taken aback. I have lovingly made note of this formula to friends other fans of the band, and the reaction is usually... "Oh yeah, now I get it!" The tracks here start strong, and end strong. There is no room to take a breath, and there is no room for soft tunes. What you have here is a grindhouse eleven, that get better with each listen. The vocals are different, and some would say more Maynard than ever, but this never distracts. Pete Loeffler's vocals are cool in the way they confidently vear into the off-key-minor then straighten back up, all with nice effect.
One thing no one is mentioning is the astounding sound mix that this cd presents. For you rockers that love to show off a good system, this will be the disk to turn to. The instruments melt together into a solid bass effect, and Pete's guitar never sounded better. Also, keep in mind that this is a three man band. It Started out with the three Loeffler brothers, but then after a double bass guitar change up, they have added, I think, an even better sound.
Chevelle's Vena Sera is a great album, possibly their best, and for those of you only reading the last line of this review to decide whether or not to bash me in my positiveness, go ahead, but I hope your mouse clicker sticks. ~saos~
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Adam Hunnicutt (AdamHunnicutt)
Sep 1, 2010
Jun 21, 2011 08:29 PM UTC
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Chevelle has been releasing solid, if not entirely original-sounding, albums for the better part of a decade now andVena Seraserves as another pleasant but workaday entry in the band's still sparseoeuvre. The group's continued debt to Tool remains obvious on the hard-hitting opener "Antisaint" with its throbbing guitar work and from-the-gut vocals and can also be heard during the arena-ready stomp "The Fad." There are few surprises throughout, very little we haven't already heard from Chevelle and its contemporaries before: The pulsating, detuned riffs that populate the mosh-intensive "Humanoid" and the fairly pallid late-album arrival "Midnight to Midnight" (which could have been a serious radio contender circa 1999) share space with the uplifting guitar figures of the slightly pop-inflected "Brainiac" and the nearly anthemic "Well Enough Alone" to familiar but comforting effect. Still, lovers could do far worse than dive in and enjoy some workmanlike riffs delivered in an enthusiastic fashion that many of this band's imitators will never manage to muster.Vena Serais decent through and through but hardly ever life-changing.Jedd Beaudoin