Rock group Chevelle has long been regarded as one of the most dynamic bands of their type. They were formed in 1995 when two brothers, Sam and Pete Loeffler, decided to do something formal with their musical talent. They brought along Matt Scott as part of the band, although they would replace him the following year with another brother, Joe. Over the years, they have put out nine studio albums. Here they are, ranked from number nine to number one. There are even YouTube links for each album.
9. The North Corridor (2016)
This was the eighth studio album produced by the band and it’s memorable for a couple of different reasons. First and foremost, it is considered by many as the band’s most aggressive album ever produced, complete with a lot of dark music and heavy topics that run their way throughout the album. In addition, the band allowed pre-orders of the album on their website and there was such a response from the fans that the website crashed before the majority of fans could pre-order their album. As such, the band unanimously made the decision to sign every single copy that was pre-ordered as a way of making amends for the inconvenience.
8. Vena Sera (2007)
It shouldn’t really come as any surprise that this fourth studio album has a lot of heartfelt songs on it when you consider the fact that the name of the album itself loosely translates to the word “blood” in Latin. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that with the exception of only one or two songs, everything else on the album was written by the brothers themselves. It didn’t take long for the album to reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling roughly sixty two thousand copies within the first week of its release.
7. This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (2004)
This was the band’s third studio album and while it was largely a commercial success, it didn’t manage to top the album that the band had previously done. Years after the album was released, many of the band members started speaking out about how much pressure their label, Epic Records, was putting on them to get the album done from start to finish in a matter of only four months. They also confessed that the record label was putting a great deal of pressure on them to achieve a level of success that was even higher than what they had done with their previous album, which was certified platinum. This one eventually also went platinum, but it never quite achieved the level of success that the record label had hoped.
6. Point #1 (1999)
This was the band’s first studio album. There are a lot of things about this particular example that are different from everything else the band has done, namely the fact that it was produced on a different record label called Squint Records. By default, that means that this particular album also saw the band working with a different producer. In reality, the album was not really all that successful from a commercial standpoint. Nevertheless, the band switched to a new label and a different producer, and they started producing music that fans loved to hear from this point forward.
5. Niratias (2021)
This, their ninth and final (so far) studio album, offers a dramatic departure from the band’s previous work. It is the very definition of a concept album, one that deals with the types of topics that confuse and confound people from all walks of life. Those topics include the practical side of things like dealing with the loss of a loved one or wishing you could go back and change the past. Many of the songs also center around the topic of not trusting those in positions of authority. On the other side of the spectrum, you have more existential topics such as the possibility of interstellar travel.
4. Hats Off to the Bull (2011)
The band’s sixth studio album sold 239,000 copies in the United States. Perhaps the most notable thing about it is that the band wrote a song entitled “Clones” that dealt with their feelings toward comments that they were trying to impersonate the sound of another band, Tool. Obviously, they didn’t particularly care for being told that they were merely copying the work of someone else. The song serves as their way of openly dealing with that criticism.
3. La Gargola (2014)
The thing that fans most likely associate with this, the band’s seventh album, is the fact that the band members released their own brand of beer immediately after the album’s release, forever tying the two together by using the same artwork on both the album cover and the beer label. That artwork includes having one of the band members stand alone while wearing a plague doctor mask. At the very least, it’s not something that will soon be forgotten. Fortunately, the songs were well received by fans and the album eventually became a hit.
2. Wonder What’s Next (2002)
This was undoubtedly the album that put the band on everybody’s radar. As a matter of fact, it was because of this album that they were ultimately asked to participate in Ozzfest during 2003. They even got a slot on the main stage, something that most bands would practically kill for. As far as the album itself is concerned, it is easily their most successful venture. To date, more than two million copies have been sold.
1. Sci-Fi Crimes (2009)
This was their fifth studio album. In addition to including such influential songs as “This Circus,” “Shameful Metaphors” and “The Clincher,” the album also featured artwork that had been painted by band member and bassist Dean Bernardini as its cover.