Chelsea Grin
Desolation of Eden

Deathcore is off to an explosive start in 2010 with the new, improved Annotations of an Autopsy, the solid new Carnifex, the keyboard drenched The Breathing Process and the full length debut from Utah’s Chelsea Grin.

After a promising EP (off which two tracks “Cheyne Stokes” and Recreant”, reappear on this album) Utah’s now three guitar pronged deathcore assault returns as predictable as before, but still lay claim to one of the heaviest examples of the style around despite sticking rigidly to the formula.

There’s the short earth rumbling intro (“Judgment”) and outro “(Wasteland”), the short blasts of attempted death metal (“Desolation of Eden”, “False Sense of Sanity”, “Cast From Perfection”) the forced dual growled, screamed vocals, even a moment of awkward introspection (instrumental “Elysium”) and of course, the breakdowns, and this is where Chelsea Grin certainly excel. Virtually all the tracks feature some sort of vast breakdown amid the generally mid paced lurch that’s enforced by a super heavy Lambesis Studios (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom) production.

Notably the devastating start to “Sonnet of the Wretched” (arguably one of the heavier moments of this young year), the oppressive lurch of “The Human Condition”, “Recreant” and “Revenant” are all simple but speaker destroying, bass drop filled, incredibly effective moments of deathcore breakdowns done right, despite their lack of imagination and a few forced moments of melody.

If you don’t enjoy the current deathcore trend, this wont change your mind, but if you do, Desolation of Eden is a pummeling if predictable example of the genre from a very young band.

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Written by Erik T
February 18th, 2010


  1. Commented by: Dspang

    Not a bad album. I’m glad to see at least one other person who likes deathcore. I’m in the minority of liking it too. I just see it as fun heavy-ass music.

  2. Commented by: Infinite Death

    I don’t like this band at all. Bores me. If they do decide to buy their own pair of shoes and start walking their own path, however, I may come back in a couple years to revisit them.

  3. Commented by: Reignman35

    I’m a big deathcore fan, but I hated this album. Mainly because of the Suicide Silence-cloned screams. That high-pitched raspy yell is a vocal style I have never liked and kills it for me with a lot of promising deathcore.

  4. Commented by: wooo

    great album
    love them and deathcore in general
    great review
    cant decide if i like this or the ep more

    any plans on reviewing the new carnifex or suffokate?
    two great albums

  5. Commented by: Inhuman

    Finally a review that has not bashed Chelsea Grin.

    4/5 Pretty Good Album

    It’s an improvement from their ep,at least he’s not doing inhales anymore.But more or less general deathcore,they stick to a “Suicide Silence-The Cleansing” formula though they do it better than most of the 1000 other shitty bands that have tried before

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