La Gárgola

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La Gárgola
Chevelle La Gárgola album cover.jpg
Studio album by Chevelle
Released April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
Recorded 2013–2014
Studio Pasadena, California
Genre Alternative metal,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 47:32
Label Epic
Producer Joe Barresi and Chevelle
Chevelle chronology
Hats Off to the Bull
(2011)Hats Off to the Bull2011
La Gárgola
(2014)
The North Corridor
(2016)The North Corridor2016
Singles from La Gárgola
  1. "Take Out the Gunman"
    Released: February 4, 2014
  2. "Hunter Eats Hunter"
    Released: June 24, 2014
  3. "An Island"
    Released: November 19, 2014[3][4]

La Gárgola (Spanish for "The Gargoyle") is the seventh studio album by American alternative metal band Chevelle. It was released on April 1, 2014 in the US and in the UK on June 9, 2014.[5]

Joe Barresi, who produced the band's last studio album, Hats Off to the Bull, returned as the producer for this album.

Singles[edit]

"Hunter Eats Hunter" was sent to US mainstream rock and modern rock radio by Epic Records on June 24, 2014 as the album's second single.[6][7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Evigshed Magazine5/5 stars[9]
Loudwire4/5 stars[10]
Neon TommyPositive[2]
Sputnikmusic(4.1/5)[11]

Early critical reception to the album has been generally positive and has since gained high acclaim. AllMusic reviewer Gregory Heaney said the band has "found a way to avoid the perils of age and complacency, with the band somehow growing more into its own with each album...the real key to (La Gárgola) lies in open and ambient cuts like album closer "Twinge," where the heaviness is implied with ominous, reverb-drenched guitars and mysterious, almost mantra-like vocal repetition, creating a subtle tension that just can't be accomplished by distorted, in-your-face guitars."[8] Loudwire noted that the experimentation is noticed in the album and comments about the band thinking outside the box. They go on to state "All in all, fans have come to know what to expect from Chevelle and the band definitely deliver on many of the signature sounds they’ve generated over the years."[10]

La Gargola debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 44,900 copies in the first week and becoming the band's highest charting album.[12] The album has sold 153,000 copies in the United States as of July 2016.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pete Loeffler, all music composed by Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler, and Dean Bernardini.[citation needed]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ouija Board"Pete Loeffler4:04
2."An Island"Pete Loeffler5:11
3."Take Out the Gunman"Pete Loeffler4:18
4."Jawbreaker"Pete Leoffler4:43
5."Hunter Eats Hunter"Pete Loeffler5:44
6."One Ocean"Pete Loeffler5:45
7."Choking Game"Pete Loeffler5:10
8."The Damned"Pete Loeffler4:06
9."Under the Knife"Pete Loeffler3:52
10."Twinge"Pete Loeffler4:39
Total length:47:32

Personnel[edit]

  • Pete Loeffler - vocals, guitars
  • Sam Loeffler - drums
  • Dean Bernardini - bass, drums on "Ouija Board"
  • Joe Barresi - production, mixing
  • Chevelle - co-production
  • Dave Collins - mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 9
US Billboard 200[15] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[19] 196
US Billboard Alternative Albums [20] 30
US Billboard Hard Rock Albums[21] 12
US Billboard Rock Albums[22] 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New & Noteworthy, April 1st: One more for the road". Metal Insider. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hawkins, Ashley (April 3, 2014). "Chevelle: 'La Gárgola' Album Review". Neon Tommy. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Billboard.biz search for Chevelle
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2014-12-27
  5. ^ Purdie, Iain. "Band of the Day: Chevelle". Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rock Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Chevelle-La Gárgola". Allmusic. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  9. ^ Lesas, Sylvie (April 1, 2014). "Chevelle La Gárgola Album Review". Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Childers, Chad. "Chevelle, La Gárgola - Album Review". Loudwire. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  11. ^ Fisher, Greg (April 13, 2014). "Review: Chevelle - La Gargola". Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "Chevelle La Gargola Chart Position". Billboard.com. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  13. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on July 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Chevelle Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  15. ^ "Chevelle Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Chevelle Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "Chevelle Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Chevelle Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  19. ^ Top Billboard 200 Albums - Year End billboard.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  20. ^ "Alternative Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.(subscription required)
  21. ^ "2014 Year End Charts - Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  22. ^ "2014 Year End Charts - Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.