Chevelle, which is now made up of brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler, is back with their ninth studio album. The first single from Niratias is called “Self destructor,” which was written back in 2019, but could easily be mistaken as a reference of the pandemic and the very obvious divide between the believers and non-believers of science.
“You aren’t at all right // Ten million other lives // Well it’s to much to loseChevelle’s “Self destructor“
// It’s time, or self destruct // They don’t care what the science says // They don’t want to talk // Cuz this time ready or not, This time you fought us all
// Cuz time you aren’t at all right, You aren’t at all right// Ten million other lives //How can we save //And how in this time //The lessons we learned
//To rescue the mind before it’s gone //Well it’s to much to lose
// It’s time, or self destruct // They don’t care what the science says
// They don’t want to talk… // Cuz this time ready or not, This time you fought us all //Cuz this time your doubling down, //This time you’ll work alone //Cuz time you aren’t at all, // It’s like war“
“Self destructor” sounds like a Chevelle song. There hasn’t been much change or growth in their sound, but it is consistent. That being said, they are just as aggressive and heavy as they’ve always been. There is no disappointment there.
It opens with a guitar riff that builds up to a good chorus. Pete Loeffler’s voice is melodic, yet layered with his pulsing screams and aggressive approach. The songs ends with an unexpected soft piano and a lingering ambiance. The song is a six minute rollercoaster ride of uneasiness and uncertainty as they explore their anger and frustrations. The only real criticism is the repetitiveness of the chorus and verses and how long it went on before switching up. Despite that small criticism, the song was still thoroughly enjoyable.
If you like grungy, sludgy, riff-heavy rock then put Chevelle in your radar and look out for Niratias on March 5.