Wow, many of the reviews here have been harsh. Have you listened to the radio lately? There’s a lot of crap out there and very few hard rock acts are breaking the top twenty in sales. So we should appreciate Chevelle for being an accessible yet hard-rocking, successful band.
I love the last two albums (especially WWN) and Vena Sera compares favorably. First of all, even though there are some melodic songs here, this cd rocks HARD. Not a ballad to be found and plenty of the crunching riffs that we all love from Chevelle. Yet I don’t believe it’s just “more of the same.” They might be baby steps but the band does branch out a bit without sacrificing its trademark sound. Let’s face it, if they lost the chunky guitar, it wouldn’t be the same and we wouldn’t like the band. I think this album delivers the best of both worlds.
If you like music that ROCKS and/or like Chevelle, this cd is a no-brainer. Get it now and get going. BTW, I just saw the band live for the first time last night and it was an incredible show. It’s a lot of sound for three guys and they pull off every song. I also got to chat a bit with Sam (drummer) after the show and he is the nicest, most normal rock dude you’ve ever met. If you get a chance, don’t miss the band in concert.
Embrace the best in hard rock music. Appreciate and enjoy one of the few great rock bands – and rock albums – in these very lean times!