Chelsea Grin
My Damnation


2.0
poor

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
July 19th, 2011 | 263 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chelsea Grin press on, complaining about the same old stuff and chugging the same old uninspiring breakdowns. Ultimately, thirty-six minutes of "same sh!t, different day".

Chelsea Grin's latest record, My Damnation, has been about as entertaining as a one-trick horse. By "one-trick", you might think I'm referring to all the generic stuff that permeated every facet of the Utah five-piece's sound heard in Desolation of Eden like relentless chugging, boring riffing, and the ever-present overuse of monotonous and uninspired breakdowns. Well, to be quite Frank, that's exactly what I mean by "one-trick". These kind of half-assed attempts at deathcore don't even entertain me after I get past the "this is so horrible" shock value, but I will say this about Chelsea's new album: while My Damnation reuses the same age-old unimaginative deathcore formula (see above), a full listen through didn't give me a headache like their last album did.

My Damnation starts out in the best place for would-be listeners to get a feel for what they're gonna hear if they keep listening. "The Foolish One" is best described as a slightly faster-than-usual breakdown laden with laughably-uneducated anti-religious lyrics and chugga-chugga-choo-choo riffs. It really doesn't get much more generic than that, folks. You'll have more fun listening to a parrot sing Madonna. After the first track subsides, you'll hear more of it, except these are other tracks on the album. Watch the album while it's playing, because you never know if it's a new song unless you look at the song title. Koehler's vocals are boring at best and irritating at worst, but thankfully it's more on the boring side this time around. The drum tracks are as uninspired as ever, too, trying to keep up with the chug chug train that is the lead guitar. There's really no point in listening past the first track if you weren't impressed, because, not counting the instrumental, every track sounds exactly the same. I know some people joke about that on other deathcore reviews, but Chelsea Grin really just copy/pasted their formula over each song on the album. The only exceptions to this rule are the instrumental "Kharon" and the technical ending to "Calling in Silence". The latter of the two is short-lived but shows that some actual skill might be present in the band while the instrumental was literally just lumped into the track list. It doesn't lead into the following title track, and it doesn't really have much to do with the entire album. It sticks out as being soft and unnecessarily so. Maybe it was an attempt at adding depth, but it came across as a blatant disrespect for musical skill and it just reeked of those situations where douchebags try to seem emotional.

This album is generic to say the least. At it's best - which lasts maybe 35 seconds - it's indicative of moderate skill, but as for the rest of the album, My Damnation spits in the face of skilfully-structured music and intelligently-written lyrics. This is something you get daily with a genre like deathcore, unfortunately, but this band makes it a musical crime is so popular yet so bad.

Recommended Track:
1.) "The Foolish One"



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Pr0nogo
July 19th 2011


373 Comments


Album streaming at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD20C4E264BB64C97

As always, much better deathcore is in the suggestions.

Dismantle
July 19th 2011


398 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

pretty brutal album

AfterTheBreakdown
July 19th 2011


7144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i agree with the rating. Album sucks.

OneMoreRoland
July 19th 2011


1050 Comments


Who honestly told this guy he was a good vocalist. With every album he sounds more and more like a cat being squeezed.

Desolate
July 19th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I like this album

eatdogs
July 19th 2011


98 Comments


for me, one the best and way earlier deathcore/metalcore/grind albums is "fused together in revolving doors" by the red chord. I mean, they really show off great technical skill and instrumentation that isn't just chugging along the chug line that chugs out little smelly bits of chugness...

seriously, just listen to that album or some between the buried and me for good deathcore/metalcore/grind. those two bands have a strong reach in all those genre's...

Pr0nogo
July 19th 2011


373 Comments


Yeah, The Red Chord is very pleasing to the ears. This band, not so much.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 19th 2011


7144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i just saw a comment on facebook about this album saying that "this is the day deathcore becomes original again" wtf lmao

Pr0nogo
July 19th 2011


373 Comments


Who the fuck do you have added on FaceBook and why haven't you cussed them out yet because seriously that day is far too far away.

krig9412
July 19th 2011


794 Comments


Good review.

Live videos of these guys are so unintentionally hilarious.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 19th 2011


7144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Its not one of my friends. I was viewing the comments on their facebook page for lols and that one was just straight up retarded.

RobotJesus
July 19th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review but I dig this album and his vocals are anything but boring. Could we chalk up the repetitiveness to age seeing as they are all in their very early 20's

Pr0nogo
July 19th 2011


373 Comments


I was viewing the comments on their facebook page for lols and that one was just straight up retarded.


Most of them are.

Could we chalk up the repetitiveness to age seeing as they are all in their very early 20's


If they listened to enough of other bands they'd know that they're nothing new or special, and that they really just either copy other bands or repeat what they've already done. It doesn't matter what age these guys are, and the fact that they AREN'T teenagers gives them literally no excuse to release this crap and call it "new" or "original".

AfterTheBreakdown
July 19th 2011


7144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't think it was a kid that said that either. Probably just a huge moron.

RobotJesus
July 19th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok i really cant argue with that statement but eh I like the band so I'm enjoying this album.

BDx94
July 19th 2011


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Generic Album but for me it's still a fun listen and the new tracks should be pretty fun when they play them live

Pr0nogo
July 19th 2011


373 Comments


This band can't hold it together live, in my experience. Doesn't sound good on or off stage.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2011


7041 Comments


This album = No thanks.

Pharoh
July 19th 2011


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it, one of the heaviest bands i know

Carnifex
July 19th 2011


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Vocals are so grating, album is terrible. Nothing here is memorable, not even the instrumental track which kept my interest on Desolation of Eden. Elysium is the only track I like by these guys anymore.



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