Chevelle Albums Ranked

Chevelle is an American rock band formed in Grayslake, Illinois in 1995. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler (lead vocals and guitar), Sam Loeffler (drums and percussion), and Joe Loeffler (bass and backing vocals). When Joe left the band in 2005, Geno Lenardo subbed-in as the bassist until he was replaced by Pete and Sam’s brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini. Chevelle has sold over four million albums in the United States. The band’s first studio album, Point #1, was released on a small record label called Squint Entertainment. Chevelle’s second album, Wonder What’s Next (2002), was certified Platinum by the RIAA after a debut at No. 14 on the United States albums chart, Billboard 200. This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (2004), the band’s third album debuted at No. 8 and has been certified Gold. Chevelle has since released a fourth album, Vena Sera (2007), a fifth album, Sci-Fi Crimes, (2009), and a sixth album Hats Off to the Bull (2011). Their seventh album, La Gárgola, was released on April 1, 2014. Their eighth album, The North Corridor, was released on July 8, 2016. Other releases from Chevelle include two live albums, DVDs, and a compilation of band favorites. Here are all of Chevelle albums ranked.

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10. Any Last Words (2011)

“None of their songs sound the same. The only thing they do the same is the format of their albums; they start out by drawing you in with a heavy sound and they take it from there. Songs like “Family System”, “The Clincher”, “Antisaint” and “Sleep Apnea” draw you in. They give slower tempo songs like “Vitamin R”, “Closure”, “Saferwaters” and “Shameful Metaphors”.As for their live performances;if you see a Chevelle show two nights in row you will not get the same set list.”

9. Live From The Road (2003)

“”Live From The Road” has an equal balance of old and new. Their debut album “Point #1” is represented on here with the title track, ‘Mia’ & ‘Sma,’ which could possibly introduce newer Chevelle fans to some music they may not have heard yet. Of course, the album contains their two biggest hits ‘The Red’ and ‘Send The Pain Below’ along with their b-side ‘Until You’re Reformed’ which appeared early this year on the “Daredevil” soundtrack.”

8. The North Corridor (2016)

“Outstanding album. As others have said, throws back to the earlier albums, while keeping the refinement of songwriting earned with experience and a long list of amazing albums. The bass is Kyuss-low, with drums that are Ali-brutal. The only thing I find a little lacking are distinctive songs, such as Highland’s Apparition or even Face to the Floor, with it’s anthemic reach.”

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7. Hats Off To The Bull (2011)

“This album, and Sci-Fi Crimes, seem to have the least amount of filler of Chevelle’s discography. The lyrics are more relate-able than prior works, yet still cryptic enough to allow for different interpretations. Overall, it is their best album to date. While prior albums seem to have a couple of standout tracks, this one has a few that come close to that, while the rest maintain a solid flow. There’s not as much of an urge to skip over any tracks, though I don’t find myself doing that all too often with Chevelle anyway.”

6. Vena Sera (2007)

“Vena Sera is the fourth album from the Chicago-based rock band Chevelle. It continues their amazing saga by adding yet another perfect record to the collection. From start to finish, this album is full of head-banging riffs and awesome vocals, with Pete Chevelle even breaking into a scream every once in awhile.”

5. La Gárgola (2014)

“The evolution of their sound is slow, but steady and I believe that this album, “La Gargola” is a definitive album of a group of guys that have come a long way and deserve every bit of recognition. The sound from Chevelle has always been dark in tone and pulls from the singer’s love of the band Tool, but uniquely they add a flavor of their own style”

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4. Point #1 (1999)

“The album continues along at a fast pace, slowing down briefly for the emotionally draining and beautiful “Dos,” but the pace is picked up by more uptempo tracks like “Sma” and “Mia.” A lot of people tote Chevelle as Tool sound-alikes, but I only hear it in Pete’s voice. Musically, I always though of them as being more in common with Helmet, as displayed on songs like “Skeptic” and “Long.” “Prove To You” is one of the defining moments of the album, and is pretty much the only song that sounds at all like what they do today. The album as a whole is just beautiful.”

3. This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (2004)

“One of their heaviest albums, panic prone, another know it all, and emotional drought are a few gems outside of the singles released. Also, a great album to list all the way through, I don’t know how to explain it better than it ‘flows’ well. This album will make you wish your speaker system could be just a bit louder.”

2. Sci-Fi Crimes (2009)

“Sci-Fi Crimes may be Chevelle’s best overall work to date. And this is coming from a guy who has worn out all their previous records. Pete’s lyrics are more diverse than any of their previous records. One thing that may disappoint some fans is that melodic vocals are much more pervasive on this record, and there isn’t much screaming. That’s one of the reasons it has to grow on people, and this is coming from a hardcore fan. Chevelle is the lightest stuff I listen to, but this record is so strong that I don’t miss the raspy screamed lyrics, which can be heard at a few points on the record. Lyrically, this is some of their best work as well. Meaningful, deep, and complex, but not intentionally cryptic like some bands.”

1. Wonder What’s Next (2002)

“Every song on “Wonder What’s Next” is just excellently incredible, but here’s a look at some of my favorites anyway. The intense, heavy rocking opener “Family System” is easily one of my favorite songs that starts off with some soft, dark, haunting, melodic guitar chords and soft vocals that soon give way to a booming, crushing and abrasive riff that just smacks you right in your face, and then Pete’s powerful and commanding, soaring melodic vocals kick in over an array of heavy, driving, pounding riffs, thundering drum beats and cymbal crashes, and ear-pounding bass, and the intensity of the song doesn’t let up from there.”