Sound — 9
Chelsea Grin's new EP is nothing short of amazing. The technicality, speed, and song structures are the best in their career. While some Chelsea Grin fans will continue to b-tch about the clean vocals, I find them great, and really add a "mature" level to their music. The only thing I can complain about is Alex's screams. He sounds like Donald Duck at times, but he can now hit shrieking highs and nasty lows like in their first EP and album. He proves this by remaking "The Human Condition".
Lyrics — 8
A step up. There are great topics on this EP. Drug addictions, heartbreak, religion, etc. Here's a small sample of what's in this EP: "I lead the path unto a blackened world I drank the blood of the saints I'm a vessel of unholiness I am more than a malignant spirit I will spread my plague until the sun blacks out." Compare that to "Love is dead/You'd rather give head" from "Crewcabanger". The cleans give the songs much more depth and emotion.
Overall Impression — 9
This has to be their best material to date. The band as a whole has improved greatly over their short career. If this is what is in store for Chelsea Grin fans, then they have a long career ahead of them.