Sound — 7
Desolation Of Eden is the most recent product of the Salt Lake City, Utah deathcore band Chelsea Grin. Their Previous efforts produced the roughly recorded Chelsea Grin EP (July 27th, 2008) and early tracks of such songs as Recreant, Crewcabanger, and Cheyene Stokes. These days there aren't many standout albums that emerge from the deathcore genre yet Desolation Of Eden can be considered an exception to the rule, with its powerfull harmonys, crushing riffs, dynamic sweeps, and alexs' insane high-low vocal abilities.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on Desolation Of Eden are as powerfull as the music with it, and features some pretty well put together lines, one of my favorite being a verse in Recreant where Alex says... I'm f--king sick of all the lies and all the treachery I was always by your side and this is how you repay And after all these years you f--king turned your back on me? I can't believe I ever considered you family I will never forget this knife you placed in my back Recreant... The lyrical subject on Desolation Of Eden can go anywhere from Betrayal, To choosing your own path, And to of course, death. Alex has a voice that suits Chelsea Grin well and is very well capable of doing screaming highs and insane lows.
Overall Impression — 8
The overall production of Desolation Of Eden is very well compared to the Chelsea Grin EP and captures the band members abilities just as well. 01. Judgement: although it is a rather weak track in my eyes compared to the rest of the album, it does do the job of preparing you for whats to come. 02. Desolation Of Eden: blending right into the ending of Judgement this particuler track holds its own in capturing the trademark "Chelsea Grin" sound. 03. False Sense Of Sanity: this song didn't especially stand out to me in the first half of it but does it feature a nice groove sounding breakdown in the last minute. 04. Sonnet Of The Wretched: starting with a slow fade-in this track highlights alexs' ability to do incredible lows and write interesting lyrics. 05. Cheyene Stokes: this track, Coming from the Chelsea Grin EP, i somewhat knew what to expect yet was still very impressed with how the guys re-recorded it and kept nearly all the orginal parts with of course the addition of much improved vocals. 06. The Human Condition: right from the start this song will catch your attention and hold it until the end with its tapping melodys, crushing rythm guitar and solid drums. 07. Elysium: at first listen this instrumental caught me completely off guard in that it maintains a brutal structured rythm yet highlights a soft calming lead guitar making this track deffinatly in the top 3 best tracks on the album. 08. Recreant: being another Chelsea Grin EP song I was looking forward to this track the most. although it seems a bit slower than the EP version it sounds 10x better in quality and features a new insanely slow breakdown at the end of the song. if I could describe Chelsea Grin in one song I'd say Recreant would be it. 09. Cast From Perfection: not a big standout on the record compared to some of the other tracks it still packs quite a punch. 10. Revenant: aside from having a similar spelled name to Recreant this track holds its own and shows the talent of alex, jaek, david, dan, andrew, and michael very well. 11. Wasteland: putting a close to the album this track features disembodied voice speaking almost unreconisibly under the roar of the intruments before the song comes to a close. Desolation Of Eden highlights the talents of each band member and is a good step in the right direction for them. One of my only disapointments about the album was that they didn't put the track Crewcabanger (Chelsea Grin EP) on the new record for some reason. And also at times it seemed as if the music was dragging on longer than it should have been but other than that I suggest any Chelsea Grin fan should pick this up.