Vena Sera

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Despite Chevelle undergoing its first lineup change since the mid-'90s trading out bassist brother Joe Loeffler for brother-in-law Dean Bernardini, not much else has been drastically altered in camp Chevelle. The loud/soft dynamic and angst-fueled vocals that nod heavily towards Tool, and which have always been the group's trademark, arrive in full force on their fourth album Vena Sera, but it's not enough to make the proceedings any more interesting than anything they've recorded in the past. Every song seems to be set up in the exact same manner; guitars lurch forward, diminish and eventually swell into choruses where Pete Loeffler's emotional vocals ranging from shrieks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Despite Chevelle undergoing its first lineup change since the mid-'90s trading out bassist brother Joe Loeffler for brother-in-law Dean Bernardini, not much else has been drastically altered in camp Chevelle. The loud/soft dynamic and angst-fueled vocals that nod heavily towards Tool, and which have always been the group's trademark, arrive in full force on their fourth album Vena Sera, but it's not enough to make the proceedings any more interesting than anything they've recorded in the past. Every song seems to be set up in the exact same manner; guitars lurch forward, diminish and eventually swell into choruses where Pete Loeffler's emotional vocals ranging from shrieks to tuneful cries take center-stage over a backdrop of steady yet dense rhythms. "Brainiac" and especially "Midnight to Midnight" take a noticeably heavier angle, the latter song running on a nice urgency that so many of Chevelle's other songs lack, instead choosing to lumber along in a murky sense of despair. First single "Well Enough Alone" emotes and then emotes in that way so perfect for the airwaves, and though it's a decent song -- the opening shriek is especially nice -- it more so highlights the frustrating aspect of Vena Sera. The album is good enough, but too much of it simply sounds like rewrites of songs from the band's past. "I Get It" has a relatively lighter underbelly than the rest, which is a nice change of pace, but it's ultimately too little, too late. However, Vena Sera probably won't disappoint fans, if for the sole fact that it basically sounds just like Chevelle's other albums, so that if they liked those, they'll like this one. But anyone looking for a little more, well, they'll be left looking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 886971696226
  • Catalog Number: 716962
  • Sales rank: 2,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Antisaint (4:21)
  2. 2 Brainiac (3:21)
  3. 3 Saferwaters (4:11)
  4. 4 Well Enough Alone (4:18)
  5. 5 Straight Jacket Fashion (4:02)
  6. 6 The Fad (3:37)
  7. 7 Humanoid (3:58)
  8. 8 Paint the Seconds (3:58)
  9. 9 Midnight to Midnight (4:24)
  10. 10 I Get It (3:54)
  11. 11 Saturdays (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chevelle Primary Artist
Sam Loeffler Drums
Dean Bernardini Bass Guitar
Peter Loeffler Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Sean Evans Art Direction
Dave Holdredge Engineer
Michael "Elvis" Baskette Producer, Audio Production
Chevelle Composer
Pete Loeffler Composer
Jef Moll Programming, Digital Editing
Bill McGathy Management
Peter Loeffler Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    CHEVELLE REVIEW

    I'm a fan of Chevelle. They have put out three consistantly great CD. I enjoy the vocals the most. The singer has a raw quality to his voice that I really like. They also put on a really good live show, which matters more than sounding good on a CD. (They sound great on CD too) I recommend this CD to everyone who likes Rock music. Besides there are named after one of my favorite cars :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very different from their old stuff :(

    I didn't really like this cd. I was very disappointed in Vena Sera and haven't been able to listen to anything by Chevelle since I bought the new cd. I really wish they would go back to screaming and hating the world, becuase their new stuff is weak. They've gone soft, which stinks because I really liked Wonder What's Next and This Type of Thinking. My advice is, don't buy this cd if you liked Chevelle's early work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A really great CD!

    I was first introduced to Chevelle via the radio (mostly Satellite like XM/Sirius) and I really enjoyed the stuff I heard there so I went and bought Wonder What's Next. I really enjoyed that one so then I bought Vena Sera. Contradictory to the "professional" review above, I found Vena Sera to be quite different than Wonder What's Next. The latter CD was much darker and full of a lot of screaming (which can get rather grating, I must admit). Vena Sera is much more musical, brighter. Much less screaming. The highlights for me were Saferwaters and Straight Jacket Fashion. Though I still liked Wonder What's Next, there were several songs that did annoy me, but I enjoyed EVERY song that Vena Sera had to offer. If there's another CD from Chevelle, I really hope they continue as they did in Vena Sera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    What i like about chevelle is that over the years as there peers changed their sound to conform to the mainstream, they kept their same sound with just a little different touch each time. With Vena Sera they go back to the harsher sound of their first album, Point #1. There is not one song on here that i think is any stronger than the other and that is a very good thing, they are all equally amazing for their own reasons. If you liked any of their other cds then you will deffinetly like this one. GO GET IT NOW!!!

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