Get ready for quite possibly the heaviest record put out by a rock band this year. The new Chevelle album The North Corridor is without a doubt the heaviest album in the band’s vast career. Following up 2014’s La Gargola comes an album begging to be played live. The three-piece band features Sam Loeffler, brother Pete on guitar/vocals and brother-in-law Dean Bernardini on bass.
In a world where seemingly every other band is getting softer with age, Chevelle’s eighth studio album is a refreshing take on the band’s heavier side. The opening track, “Door to Door Cannibals,” begins with one of Pete’s signature creeping riffs that push the verse forward with somewhat muffled vocals until playing out on a high note.
“Enemies,” the second track off The North Corridor, arguably the hardest song off the album features an old-school Chevelle feel. Pete’s seamless transition from layered, pulsing screams into clean vocals highlights Illinois native’s push into a more aggressive approach.
In an interview with Billboard, Pete said:
I talked with the guys and said, ‘I really want to make a really heavy record this time around, go back to our [2002’s] Wonder What’s Next roots a little bit. And it’s what we like to play live, so it just made sense. Sam and Dean love heavy music as well; Sam likes a lot of hardcore, screamo stuff, so he was happy with that. They basically let me go and agreed that heavy was a good way to go.
The album continues in an aggressive direction and their guitar tones remain the same throughout unlike previous Chevelle records. In all, Pete’s vocals are the most dynamic they’ve ever been and lyrically, Chevelle leaves a lot up for interpretation. Together, The North Corridor surpasses their previous record and create a cohesive set of tracks best listened to in order.
Overall, Chevelle’s impressive turn into a new direction builds anticipation leading up to the band’s statewide tour commencing in two weeks.