Sound — 8
Chelsea Grin's debut album, Desolation of Eden has been highly anticipated for months. Desolation of Eden features a mix of mellow melodies and smashing rhythms to bring hope for the next decade in deathcore. The album starts off heavy with Judgement, which pretty much gives away most of what the rest of the album will feature. The song has intricate rhythms and simple leads that really catch the ear of any listener. There are some good riffs on the album as well, especially within the song, Sonnet of the Wretched, which has very melodic feel to it. Although a lot of chords and palm muting, there are some good leads thrown into songs, such as The Human Condition, which has some great and challenging arpeggios. The leads are eerie and slow, not too complex to confuse the listener. What really gives this album a different sound is the more relaxed tempos used than your average deathcore band. Compared to the likes of Duck Duck Goose, or even The Red Shore, the tempo is slower and more soothing to the ear. Don't be fooled though, the drums are as complicating as any other deathcore band, but the mix works beautiful, quick drums and melodic guitars. The mix of the album is better than expected for a debut album, overall a good sound.
Lyrics — 7
The vocals on the album are cheesy at times, sounding much like many other deathcore bands. The growls are hit perfectly, the high pitched screams are muffled and weak at times, and the squeals are ridiculously accurate. The squeals can even hinder or help a song. The squeals accurately sound like someone being slaughtered, which is probably what the whole feel of the album was generated towards. The vocals overall are decent, boring at times, but it's all been done before and you can't get past that. Good job.
Overall Impression — 7
Desolation of Eden is but a hope for what is to be coming next from Chelsea Grin. The band is going to completely take over the deathcore scene in a couple of years, as the light only shines brighter. Mixing old thrash influences with present day deathcore to bring a soothing and relaxing album. The best thing about the album is the song Elysium, which is an all out instrumental that breaks away from the chords and has more leads and solos. It is played out perfectly, and makes you wonder if they can create more solos and songs like this in the future, which if they can, they will take over the metal scene. Overall a must have album for deathcore fans, and a new album to try out for metal fans alike. Elysium makes this album worth it, Desolation of Eden will just be the first success of Chelsea Grin, and I am excited for what is to come.