Review Summary: BREAKDOWNS + BREAKDOWNS + MORE BREAKDOWNS!!!! = Desolation Of Eden????
In the past year or two we've seen many bands try their hardest to re ignite the flame we know as Deathcore though their efforts maybe large their results are pathetic. barely passable albums with annoying screams constant breakdowns which tend to aggravate one and some technical drumming which seems to be the highlight in majority of these bands.
Which brings me to Chelsea Grin a young band from America with a future that may be brilliant or maybe be a drag like many bands we've seen in the past not naming names "cough! Suicide Silence." Their Self Titled Ep was quite a constant blur of breakdowns and inhaled screams with minor talent shown in the sweep which made a song listenable for 20 seconds until it becomes an ear sore. that's what made people sceptics and think this new album would be a failed attempt at being "Brutal".
Desolation Of Eden, the first full length by Chelsea Grin has not disappointed in regards to the band moving in an upward direction. Though musically it wasn't a great album (not even that good to be honest), it was a bland and boring album with not much to offer besides breakdowns (there's plenty of those) with a subtle improvement in vocals due to him actually being able to execute an exhale scream which makes the band as a whole a lot more listenable. To be honest its not a major leap in a good direction though it wasn't a terrible album if you were to listen to the "better" tracks.
When initially listening to the release i was pleased that they were doing a bit more musically; offering a slight variation with sweeps and drum patterns that were mildly interesting. Though with the exception of the sweeps and few melodic riffs in the songs this album sounded all the same with those things i mentioned excluded you would not be able to tell a song from another the songs that did jump out from the rest would have been Sonnet Of The Wretched due to the catchy riff being initially played and repeated 3 more times during the song. False Sense Of Sanity was a clear rip off of about 4 other songs including a Suicide Silence song though that's not the last time they would take a page out of Suicide Silence's books as the outro (Wasteland) was basically all the same as ...and Then She Bled from their most recent album No Time To Bleed. Just to note that this band has 3 guitarists is quite sad that they could be playing such more technical music which they do have the potential to play though decide not to" also a catchy note was at 2 minutes in Recreant the sweep i enjoyed which was about all for that song as you guessed it eventually turns into a breakdown.
After listening to this album i was slightly disappointed that a band with such high potential has not done all they can to produce a great album, as for Deathcore Desolation Of Eden certainly does it no favour in prolonging its eventual demise.
Sonnet Of The Wretched
Cheyne Stokes (intrested me seeing the new version which vocals were much better executed)
The Human Condition (Mainly due to the catchy introduction)