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Vena Sera This Chicago trio occupies an awkward space in the hard-rock universe: Their technically complex metal isn't as arty or challenging as modern-prog...Vena SeraMetal This Chicago trio occupies an awkward space in the hard-rock universe: Their technically complex metal isn't as arty or challenging as modern-prog...2007-03-30
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Vena Sera

Genre: Metal; Status: In Season

This Chicago trio occupies an awkward space in the hard-rock universe: Their technically complex metal isn’t as arty or challenging as modern-prog titans Tool, yet they can’t match the radio-friendly refrains of Nickelback. Nothing’s changed drastically on their third major-label CD, Vena Sera. The hard-charging sound occasionally thrills: Sinewy first single ”Well Enough Alone” and punkish ”Brainiac” have heart-racing appeal. But Chevelle’s reliance on a formula — chugging intro, choppy verses, clouds-parting choruses — begins to bore.

Originally posted March 30 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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