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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
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Label:  Epic
Release Date:  April 3, 2007
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review by . April 23, 2007
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Vena Sera (Latin: Vein Serum)    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 …
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