Alternative rock/metal meisters Chevelle are counted among the bigger names in their genre in the US, but they never managed to become a household name on the European side of the Atlantic. Let’s see of the band’s latest album, entitled “La Gargola”, will manage to bring them better fortunes..
The band’s musical DNA consists mainly of Tool, Deftones and Helmet. They faced criticism for this perceived lack of originality on past albums and the fact that Pete Loeffler (guitars/vocals) sounds uncanny like Tool’s James Maynard Keenan at times doesn’t help Chevelle’s plight either. However, it would be unfair to hold this against the band, because their music in general and “La Gargola’ in particular offers great quality in spades.
This album is stuck to the brim with memorable songs, such as ‘Take Out The Gunman’, ‘Jawbreaker’ and ‘Oujja Board’. Chevelle really managed to strike a rare and delicate balance between heaviness while retaining a certain radio friendliness, thanks to all the memorable hooks and choruses. This equals blasphemy for some, but it works really well in Chevelle’s case. Songs like ‘Hunter Eats Hunter’ and ‘Twinge’ are further testimony to the band’s considerable songwriting abilities.
Whether Chevelle will break any new ground in Europe with “La Gargola” is hard to predict, but the sheer quality of the album does underscore why they’re held in such high regard in their home country. If you count Tool, A Perfect Circle and Deftones among your favourite bands, please take a chance with Chevelle and “La Gargola”. You won’t regret it.