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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CD Review: Chevelle

Artist: Chevelle
Title: Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites
Rating: 4/5

Chevelle, the famed alternative metal band formed in 1995, has consistently released high-octane songs over the years. With Stray Arrows, their new compilation album of greatest hits, many of those songs have been collected and remastered.

Described by iTunes as “a victory lap of sorts,” the album contains twelve tracks from Chevelle’s previous work, as well as the new track “Fizgig.” All of the songs emphasize Chevelle’s post-grunge sound and their driving beat. “Jars,” in particular, is a great introduction to the band’s sound, which is softer than bands like Metallica but louder and much more unapologetic than groups such as Carbon Leaf. In addition, “Hats Off to the Bull,” which closes out the greatest hits, is perhaps the best example of why Chevelle has become so well known; their sound is unique.

iTunes puts it best: “If you’re just coming to Chevelle, Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites makes for an unsurprisingly great place to start, with its 12 tracks just enough to hook you in without overwhelming you, and selection strong enough that it would probably stand up to most any mixtape a fan would put together.” These are more than just good songs; they’re the band’s personal favorites, and that’s more than enough to give it a listen.

Check out these tracks: “Jars,” “The Red,” “Hats Off To the Bull.”
For Fans of: Metallica, Coheed & Cambria, The Kreeps.

BRETT BUNGE can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.

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