American alt-metal act Chevelle is facing some interesting conundrums as it releases La Gárgola, the trios seventh studio album.
You might even call it a life-or-death scenario.
Were not sure if we are going to be the ones being killed or the ones killing, drummer Sam Loeffler said of the short horror film they are writing that will act as the groups next music video. Well probably be the ones getting murdered. Pretty violently, I might add.
Doom and gloom isnt usually too far out of the Chevelle playbook, but La Gárgola which translates to the gargoyle willfully dives deeper into that blood-and-guts head-space more than any disc before it.
The trios usual brand of melodic hard rock draws cues from classic horror films like Rosemarys Baby and The Thing. La Gárgola amplifies the influence of industrial metal gods Ministry, with its spiky riffs and creeping distortion making for one of the bands heaviest efforts to date.
Its nice to pull from something like that its just fun, Loeffler said. The darkness that creeps in, it comes from imagining the type of music going on in the background as a person is being chased around by an axe-wielding murderer.
Loeffler thinks its just the right amount of twist in the formula to continue the trend of subtle evolutions between albums. Its an
evolution that has carried through since The Red and Send the Pain
Below broke out and made 2002s Wonder Whats Next a platinum
smash in the midst of the hard-rock wave that made Linkin Park,
Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd and Staind some of the biggest names in
Chevelle has enjoyed a steadier road and critical success a decade later than most of its early aughts alt-metal peers, a path the band credits to a willingness to shake things up just enough to keep it interesting but without being overworked.
At this point, weve published over 80 songs, and I hope that no two songs sound alike. And I dont think they do, Loeffler said. Its a hard thing to accomplish, especially when you arent trying to be different for the sake of being different.
And La Gárgola stays true to that, offering some strikingly soft and pretty moments to pop through the otherwise-dreary night sky, a fitting move consistent with its quandaries of life and death.
Getting out of our box, its something thats almost expected of us, Loeffler said. The bands we loved, they did their own thing and paved their way. Those are the ones we look toward.