Chelsea Grin
Evolve


3.5
great

Review

by TheFatRapper USER (5 Reviews)
June 18th, 2012 | 444 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice change in direction, Short but sweet.

Chelsea Grin is a band I've only discovered recently but I'm already digging. I've already listened to their Self-Titled EP and both of their full lengths and thoroughly enjoyed them. But one thing that I noticed was that they didn't change much musically. Both records sounded alike each other with only slight differences in their style. But I'm happy to say that their newest release Evolve is Chelsea Grin's big change as a band and it does not disappoint.

First off the guitar work is much more melodic thanks to their new guitarist Jason Richardson (Formerly of Born Of Osiris) and he is probably the best thing to happen to this band. In fact the guitar work sounds a lot like Born Of Osiris which is a very good thing since BOO is quite possibly one of the best Deathcore bands out there. It definitely makes the release more fun to listen to than their past releases.

Alex Koehler's vocals haven't changed too much since My Damnation but they're still pretty damn good. His screams sound very dark, almost like someone being tortured which is very fitting considering that this is a Deathcore band and the subject matters on the album are very dark. His clean vocals on the other hand do need some work, sounding quite bland but not bad enough to ruin any of the songs.

There isn't a lot of bad things I can really say about Evolve. Really the only bad thing I can say is that it feels too short being only five tracks long. It really gets you into the mood but then when the last track "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is over it makes you say "wait... that's it?" It really makes you wish that it was a full length.

Overall though Chelsea Grin's fourth studio release is a very good effort and without a doubt the band's best release to date. And my personal favorite release of the year so far.


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TacosIsMetal45 (3)
A surprising turn for what was a pretty generic Deathcore band. Still could use some improvements....

whatshisname (2)
Even with the talent of Jason Richardson, Chelsea Grin falls into a category of boring mediocrity al...

WillLikesMetal (2.5)
Chelsea Grin have made an obvious change in direction, but which direction are they headed?...

Brian LeFevre (1.5)
Chelsea Grin is going nowhere fast and Evolve proves it....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Toadstool
June 17th 2012


136 Comments


pretty good review, these guys are from my hometown and just saw them yesterday at Warped Tour. they only played 3 songs because of tech issues, but they have improved a lot except the clean vocals are terrible. they also rehearse at the same building that my band does.

MichaelSnoxall
June 17th 2012


12163 Comments


Average review, terrible EP. Worst vocals I've ever heard.

J0ckstrapsFTW
June 18th 2012


3659 Comments


The guitar work from the preview sounded decent because he's ex BoO but I bet this sucks

TooLateToGoBack
June 18th 2012


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

vocals are horrendous.

Spec
June 18th 2012


27298 Comments


This probably sucks.

ShadowRemains
June 18th 2012


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

s.h.i.t. b.a.n.d.

MMX
June 18th 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mostly shit, last song is okay

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

TheFatRapper
June 18th 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't dis it until you listen to it. Don't just type a pointless comment saying "probably shit". Don't get me wrong I don't have any problem with you guys voicing your opinion's on my review even if you strongly disagree but if you're just gonna type some stupid ass pointless comment saying shit band and not giving any logical reasoning behind it then don't even waste your time, and also don't down mark my review just cause you don't agree with the score I give it.

MichaelSnoxall
June 18th 2012


12163 Comments


I neg'd your review because it was a shitty review. And this band sucks because they don't do things good and stuff.

MMX
June 18th 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what Snoxall said Review sucked

johnnydeking29
June 18th 2012


9561 Comments


I haven't been able to convince myself to listen to these guys and see if they're as shit as they probably are

Digging: Blueneck - King Nine

snerefedsav
June 18th 2012


853 Comments


i'm on the fence on this one. some of the vocals are really fucking atrocious, though i've never had that much of a problem with koehler. if anything, most of the time, his vocals are pretty amusing. plus there are some pretty killer leads on this.

it's just too bad jr's not gonna be on the next boo album

Digging: Stolas - Allomaternal

sspedding
June 18th 2012


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The last track was a pleasant surprise but other than that this was complete shit.

sterilevision
June 18th 2012


156 Comments


Shitty deathcore crap shit

Durrzo
June 18th 2012


1137 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Vocals are lolbad. Band is really horrible. I haven't heard this whole album but Lilith was more than enough to get me to stay clear of the band forever.

sspedding
June 18th 2012


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Lilith was somehow worse than anything they had ever done beforehand, which is quite an achievement.

IdiotequeCigar
June 18th 2012


402 Comments


If only their artwork were self-portraits...

Mickeymau5
June 18th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the second coming rules

DropdeadWHA
June 18th 2012


728 Comments


Lilith wasn't good by Deathcore standards, can't imagine the rest of this is much better. The way the review is written seems like you're pretty new to the whole Deathcore genre... Chelsea Grin are bottom of the barrel.

ChuckRIP
June 18th 2012


23 Comments


Terrible band will be terrible.



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