- Released: October 8, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Sony
Spin - 2/03, p.996 out of 10
- "...Grim yet glossy surge-and-purge guitars..."
CMJ - 7/1/02, p.16
"...Solid songs that have plenty of punch and are intensely focused...each track is so memorable that it's bound to stick in listener's heads like Crazy Glue on bare flesh..."
- 1.Family System
- 2.Comfortable Liar
- 3.Send the Pain Below
- 5.The Red
- 6.Wonder What's Next
- 7.Don't Fake This
- 9.Grab Thy Hand
- 10.Evening with El Diablo, An
- 11.One Lonely Visitor
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Chevelle: Pete (vocals, guitar); Joe (bass, background vocals); Sam (drums).
Recorded at Warehouse Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Recording information: Warehouse, Vancouver, B. C.
Photographers: Harold Edgerton; Chapman Baehler.
With emotionally charged lyrics and heavy, crunching guitars, Chevelle sounds ready to take the hard rock world by storm. Although this album will fit nicely alongside fellow heavyweights Godsmack and Staind, Chevelle does not concentrate on penning deliberately gloomy compositions. The songs on this debut CD are all well crafted and stand on their own as testament to a band that knows what it wants to accomplish. A lush production brings out the thick sound in every instrument, as well as capturing the haunting, melodic vocals. The soaring vocals seem to be floating above a quagmire of chugging, churning riffs, using hope to stay afloat in a sea of murky sound. At times, an angry, aggressive approach is taken, but by the end of every song, a sign of salvation always remains to redeem all those who made their way through.