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 titans Tool, yet… 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 titans Tool, yet… 2007-04-03 Chevelle Metal
Music Review

Vena Sera (2007)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Apr 03, 2007; Lead Performance: Chevelle; Genre: Metal

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 Mar 30, 2007 Published in issue #928 Apr 06, 2007 Order article reprints
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