Chelsea Grin
Self Inflicted


3.5
great

Review

by Shamus248 USER (62 Reviews)
July 4th, 2016 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid album, albeit an abhorrent mess of poor lyrics, but a solid album nonetheless.

Salt Lake City deathcore group Chelsea Grin returns two years after their well received release, Ashes to Ashes, and a lot has changed in the intervening two years. Goodbye lead guitarist Jason Richardson, hello Rise Records. Any inkling of the group's core sound may be maintained here, but the lyrical input is such an abysmal mess, as well as a flat out departure of the group's symphonic deathcore laurels. Richardson's absence affects Self Inflicted, but not the way you'd think. The group's instrumentals remain a strong suit, but damn it if the lyricism isn't God awful.

One might find it unavailing to focus primarily on Self Inflicted's poor lyrics, but that is the major problem with this record. The majority of the tracks penned here look as if they were pulled from an Emmure album sans Goodbye to the Gallows. Opening track "Welcome Back", as well as several tracks we'll touch base on later, feature at least one line of lyrics, the likes of which are shown here ("We don't care anymore./We can give a *** less about being cured.") Gone is the band that relied far too heavily on breakdowns and in their place is a group that ruins its newfound melodic structure with a teen-inspired swear fest. "Clickbait" is an instrumental hard hitter, arguably the hardest hitter of the group's nine year career. This track too is riddled with poor lyrics. At its worst its this ("Emphasize the fact that you're a ***ing bitch./And while you're at it, you can publish this dick." and at its best, it's still only this ("*** the media./*** your magazine./*** your whole team./That's right./You all don't mean *** to me.")

"Skin Deep" isn't the greatest return to form, but does do a good job in further emphasizing the fact that Chelsea Grin is arguably the most instrumentally proficient act in modern metal. Alex Koehler is a strong vocalist, and that is not to be forgotten. "Scratching and Screaming" is a solid track as well, Pablo Viveros' drumming standing the spotlight throughout. Self Inflicted is a stuck in neutral swear fest that, ironically, still ends up being the best Chelsea Grin album thus far. I sincerely hope the shift to Rise Records is not to blame for these abhorrent lyrics, because Chelsea Grin can do so much better, here's to hoping they DO do better in future releases.



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DrJohn
July 4th 2016


1041 Comments


even worse than the cut

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2016


13296 Comments


listened to one of the singles off this and it sucked hard like everything theyve ever done

Digging: Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

Spec
July 4th 2016


34816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sounds like they got fronz to write lyrics for them

Devastator
July 4th 2016


3443 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

""Skin Deep" isn't the greatest return to form, but does do a good job in further emphasizing the fact that Chelsea Grin is arguably the most instrumentally proficient act in modern metal."



No.

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Spec
July 4th 2016


34816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

arguably the most instrumentally proficient act in modern metal



cmon man

Moge
July 4th 2016


384 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is a borefest

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


5383 Comments


its chelsea grin so

Spec
July 4th 2016


34816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

my friend digs these guys a lot

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


5383 Comments


we've all got a friend or two like that i'm sure

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2016


13296 Comments


My friend who got me into heavy music through bad deathcore still just listens to bad deathcore like this

parksungjoon
July 4th 2016


5383 Comments


rip

Spec
July 4th 2016


34816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wont lie I totally get the appeal of wanting some breakdown heavy albums on your mp3 player for when you're pissed off or driving or whatever but there are better ones than this.

Moge
July 4th 2016


384 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^Way better.



I like some CG stuff, but this is by far their worst.

asaf
July 5th 2016


926 Comments


it isn't their worst because some of the first albums have off drums and sloppy musicianship that even pro production couldn't sort. the lyrics are cheesy and it's a solid disappointment after their last one, which imo had its convincing moments, but it's not their worst. but they did def go down a peg.

Digging: Comeback Kid - Outsider

Shamus248
July 5th 2016


318 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I definitely have a few friends who like CG and I'm not trying to shit on them or anything, but not only can they tolerate these lyrics, they think the lyrics speak to them...and no, i'm not in my teens.

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parksungjoon
July 5th 2016


5383 Comments


are you in your tweens?

Shamus248
July 5th 2016


318 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if I was, I wouldn't be using commas

Devastator
July 5th 2016


3443 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

If even the YouTube commenters are calling out how awful the lyrics are then you know you done messed up.

zaruyache
July 5th 2016


17935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'm excited to hear this dumpster fire you don't even know :D :D. :D :D

EvoHavok
July 5th 2016


7239 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Chelsea Grin is arguably the most instrumentally proficient act in modern metal"

Shamus, you got a lot of branching out to do...



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