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    Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:53:44

    First Reaction: Chevelle - La Gárgola - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Seven albums into their career, Chevelle construct their most transcendently heavy opus to date.

    That's the first reaction upon hearing the Chicago trio's vicious, vibrant, and vivid trip on La Gárgola—in stores April 1 via Epic Records. Singer and guitarist Pete Loeffler amps up his attack on the devilishly dynamic opener "Ouija Board". An ominous hum gives way to a scream from Loeffler and a gnashing six-string guillotine that morphs into steamrolling distortion and an up-tempo refrain. Brother Sam Loeffler's drums anchor the sound with impeccable bashing as Dean Bernardini lays down a throttling bass groove. The three elements converge on blissful destruction, setting the tone for what's to come across the rest of the ride.

    Then, "An Island" starts with a scratchy horror-esque sound before launching into a bouncy riff that borders on industrial groove as Pete admits, "They said this fun is near the end".

    However, that "fun" doesn't stop. "Jawbreaker" teeters between eerie and entrancing with its flanger effects and Pete's potent repetition of the eponymous hook, "Hunter Eats Hunter" slinks through a dark forest of its own design with rapturous tones and some of the vocalist's most ardent delivery.

    A warm guitar ignites "One Ocean" as Sam's drums resound, swimming through syncopation the airy track illuminates just how epic Chevelle can get. "Choking Game" delivers that infectious animosity once more, tempering just the right amount of electronic darkness in the mix. All of this builds up to the somber, yet strangely soaring conclusion of "Twinge". It's a fateful send-off punctuated by lines such as, "I never meant to get lost…"

    Chevelle has always delivered when it comes to anthemic alternative rock. However, on La Gárgola, they increase the intensity all around and emerge with their most vital album. It's a passionate, powerful, and poetic journey meant to perch in your psyche like the gargoyle of its title.

    Rick Florino

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