This brings us to The North Corridor. There's always been signs of the influence of the early days of grunge on the band and it's in full force here. Songs like Enemies really sound like they could have been written twenty years ago rather than today, and yet they still fit in with today's scene. Then we get songs like Young Wicked and the opener Door To Door Cannibals that would feel right at home on a Hey That's What I Call Nu Metal album and yet those songs still rock hard. The guitar riffs throughout this album provide a nice contrast to the vocal work. Speaking of, Pete Loeffler's vocal work on The North Corridor is as dynamic as ever. He really has a unique sound that I enjoy. He also manages to use screaming sparingly which makes those moments pop. Usually he's somewhere between clean and growling. Basically everything that you've come to love about Chevelle is present in this album.
That said, this album overall fails to really stand out in any meaningful way. It has all the makings of a great album, there's some flashes of brilliance throughout, even some moments where they push their sound a little bit, but overall nothing really catches hold. It never manages to be quite boring or bad, but it also never really surprises either. It feels like another solid entry into their discography, but it doesn't really do anything to propel them back into the limelight.
If you're already a Chevelle fan The North Corridor will certainly satisfy you, you may even love it. If you know you enjoy alt metal/alt rock this album will also hit the spot for you. For everyone else it's certainly worth a listen. It probably won't stick with you or make you run out and start listening to Chevelle exclusively but it's a decent album. The band really has stayed in their comfort zone for the last decade or so and this is just a continuation of that. There's nothing wrong with doing that but it just means not every album is going to pop.