There hasn’t been much recent public activity from Chevelle, but that can be accounted for by the fact that the three-piece Illinois band has been hard at work writing and recording a new album. The highly anticipated La Gargola will be released April 1st (and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke for those wondering). The band has already given us a taste of what to expect on the album with the release of the first single off the album “Take Out the Gunman” on February 4th. A few days ago the band announced that iTunes Radio was hosting the album on the First Play feature which allowed fans to listen to the album in its entirety before it is officially released, so of course I had to take advantage of the opportunity!
The album opens with very eerie notes which introduce the first track “Ouija Board,” but before long their iconic electric and aggressive sound kicks in, complementing singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler’s voice. The entire song is full of heavy riffs that set the tone for the rest of the songs on the album. “An Island” follows and demonstrates how much musical chemistry there is between the three brothers with a very guitar-driven track. The first single “Take Out the Gunman” is the third on the track listing and highlights Sam Loeffler’s drumming skills during most of the verses, but still does not hold back from having those aggressive riffs complemented with vocals that give off a sense of urgency. The list continues with “Jawbreaker” and “Hunter Eats Hunter” before slowing down with “One Ocean,” providing a very calming and relaxing tune that’s a pleasant change from the fast tracks preceding it. Being the sixth song in the queue and bordering on 6 minutes long it could almost serve as a lengthy intermission between the first and second half of the album. After listening to the album a couple of times through, I can say that it’s personally one of my favorites off the album.
“Choking Game” picks the pace right back up, starting out softly and building towards the crescendo where Pete’s voice hits and brings back the electricity from the instruments. Dean Bernardini’s bass provides a strong backing and depth to the tune and keeps up the energy throughout its entirety. “Choking Game” is followed by “The Damned” which opens with a contagious riff that is played and experimented on during the track. “Under the Knife” and “Twinge” close out the 10-song record. “Twinge” ends the song list on another soft note comparable to “One Ocean.” The vocals and instrumental parts complement one another so well that it’s almost hard to distinguish the two at times.
Chevelle delivers yet again with another amazing album, and what’s something that people can look forward to after a new album release? Tour dates! The band already has a number of dates released but be sure to keep an ear and eye out for more dates to be added and be sure to pick up the new album La Gargola next Tuesday, April 1st!