Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes

Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes

Not much has changed for Chevelle in the last decade. Their debut album, Point #1, was well received for its Tool-influenced, bass-heavy tracks, and ten years later, they're doing pretty much the same on their fifth full-length, Sci-Fi Crimes. But that shouldn't come as a meteoric surprise. The trio have made a livelihood out of delivering sameness, and have done quite well. "Mexican Sun" and "Letter From A Thief" typify the band's career-long gaze into the past. Played side-by-side with their previous material, it's difficult to distinguish the past from present. Thankfully, if only briefly, there's a detour on "Shameful Metaphors" and "Highland Apparition" where the band slow the tempo and let Pete Loeffler's admittedly stalwart vocals lead the group. Melody reigns on these tracks, showcasing what Chevelle are capable of doing when they're not captivated by the precedent they've set. Fans won't be disappointed with Sci-Fi Crimes but they won't be wowed either. (Epic)