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Album Review

Whenever a parent — or, for that matter, any type of authority figure over the age of 40 — asks a teenager or very young adult, "How, in God's name, can you listen to that stuff?," those words don't act as a deterrent. In fact, the opposite is true. The minute an 18-year-old hears someone over 40 railing against "that awful music" (whatever "that awful music" might be), he/she is likely to crave it even more. Deathcore — the type of noisy, caustic, abrasive mixture of metalcore and death metal that Chelsea Grin offer on their first full-length album, Desolation of Eden — is bound to annoy a lot of parents, which is exactly the point. If relentlessly ferocious albums like Desolation of Eden had a lot of mainstream appeal, that would be a major turnoff for deathcore's cult followers. But the chances of this 35-minute disc enjoying mainstream exposure are slim and none. Desolation of Eden is an exercise in harshness for the sake of harshness, and it's a decent listen if one has a taste for nonstop sensory assault. This 2009 recording isn't about musicality; it's about over the top exhilaration, and Chelsea Grin achieve that with extreme vocals (which include both deep, guttural Cookie Monster growling and high-pitching shrieking), extreme dissonance, extreme density, and an abundance of jarring tempo changes. Desolation of Eden is as technical as it is unforgiving; Chelsea Grin fancy the technical side of metalcore and death metal, and they take pleasure in battering, stomping, and pummeling the listener's senses as much as possible. Obviously, albums this vicious aren't for everyone, but those who do appreciate highly technical deathcore will find Desolation of Eden to be a likable (if less than stellar) contribution to metal's lunatic fringe.

Customer Reviews

The very best of the unoriginal

If Chelsea Grin had tried to be original and revolutionary with this album, they would've failed miserably.
The album sounds similar to any death-core album released in the last five years and is practically bordering on copyright.

However, in an interview Chelsea Grin stated themselves that they're not trying to be original at all, but as brutal as possible and in this case, they obviously took the word "brutal" to to their black, unforgiving musical hearts.
I can say with absolute sincerity, that after hearing this album, similar death-core bands bore me. It feels like Chelsea Grin took all of the great elements out of death-core , and overused them so grossly, that it's actually one of the best death-core albums i have ever heard.
Think of Chelsea Grin as Las Vegas. Las Vegas is so sleazy and practically shameless, that it puts other similar cities to shame.
Hopefully i'm making sense with that example.

Their previous release, a self-titled EP, only got 4/5 stars from me due to mediocre sound quality and inhaled lows. (I really hate inhaled vocals) However Chelsea Grin fixed those two problems and have a 5/5 star rating from me because of it (i'm sure they're skipping with joy).
Buy this album, it really is a stellar purchase. Death-core bands are mostly underground and therefore don't earn that much money, so you'd really be helping them out this way.



Formed: 2007 in Salt Lake City, UT

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2007, Chelsea Grin channeled the brutality of their namesake into their punishing brand of breakdown-heavy deathcore. Starting as a five-piece, the Salt Lake City, Utah band, consisting of singer Alex Koehler, guitarists Michael Stafford and Chris Kilbourn, bassist Austin Marticorena, and drummer Andrew Carlston, wasted no time putting themselves out there, releasing a self-titled EP on Statik Factory in 2008 and hitting the road. The band dealt with some lineup changes the following year,...
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