NOVEMBER 5th 2018

Review by Metallic Barbie

There are very few people, let alone bands, that would ever go into business with family.  Chevelle is the absolute exception to that rule: vocalist/guitarist Pete Loeffler has been a third of the band he shares with brother and drummer Sam Loeffler and brother-in-law bassist Dean Bernardini, since 2006 (the original lineup formed in 1995 with third brother Joe Loeffler).

This marks an 11thalbum for Chevelle, being a 4threlease in the vein of ‘favourites’, ‘lives’ or ‘compilations’.  The difference with this offering is the variation and the inclusion of a couple of tracks previously unreleased.

The 12-song amassment includes versions of “The Clincher” (This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), 2004) and “Sleep Apnea” (Sci-Fi Crimes, 2009), bonus tracks from 2016’s The North Corridor(“A Miracle”), 2011’s Hats Off To The Bull(“Indifference”), 2007’s Vena Sera(“Sleep Walking Elite”, “In Debt To The Earth”), and 2002’s Wonder What’s Next(“Until You’re Reformed”).  Additionally, there is a version of “Fizgig”, originally released on the 2012 Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites.

You may now be asking: is there anything I haven’t heard??  Well, dear metalhead, there are a couple of tracks that were recorded during album sessions in studio, that not only never made it to *bonus track* status, but have not been released until this particular gem (unless there were European or super elite special editions of albums unavailable to the average music lover that included them).

An instrumental-only piece, “The Gist”, feels like it could absolutely be developed into a full-blown track, while “Delivery” was a so-so formulaic tune, and clearly a good choice for the chopping block.  A second, “Glimpse Of The Con”, was far too radio-pop with only a hint of what any Chevelle fan loves of their music: some edge.

“Leto’s Headache”, on the other hand, could have easily made the cut, but I won’t pretend to know the selection process of hard rock’s elite.  This tune, heavy, melodic, reeking of the musical science of Chevelle, has an almost otherworldly hint to the instrumentation and was a great closer to the album. As you may already know or own the majority of the tracks, this album does dive deeper into the de- and re-construction of some of the familiars, and provides a much more raw version of what you have already come to love.  Is it worth your monies??  Depends how big of a fan you are: I have every album Chevelle has put out since the beginning.  Having heard this one a few times already, I feel like I’m happy with what I’ve got in the library; if “Leto’s Headache” were to find its way to singledom…I’d be all over it.  In a line, it is a faded snapshot of a behemoth career Chevelle should be over the moon about.