Whenever a band starts talking about the word ‘evolve’ I tend to get a little bit frightened. Especially when it comes to a deathcore band like Chelsea Grin. A band that has been the source of many jokes and much discontent from the people here at Metal Delirium. Although…I hate to admit that I did enjoy the “Evolve” EP quite a lot.
The album treads the lines from deathcore, to death metal, to doom metal, and back and forth between many different elements. It might pain me to say that I like the symphonic elements because of the atmosphere they create, but they do. The use of the symphonic element creates a feeling, a sense of the music that carries on within and throughout the other instruments. The music itself is pretty standard deathcore with blast beats and breakdowns but the soaring guitar solos help tread into the death metal waters. It works, I have listened to the album repeatedly and haven’t been disappointed yet.
My only real complaint would be that the songs do sound a little too similar sometimes. All of the tracks seem to run together with little to no pause and no discrepancy in between. It doesn’t take away from the overall album though. From start to finish it is a pretty solid effort. Nothing special though; quite middle of the road in the same was as Job For a Cowboy. I tend to think of this sound as that of a band that started out wanting to be death metal but realized the popular sound was deathcore and they adapted to it.
Again, it is middle of the road and nothing special. It is worth a few good listens though. Formulate your own opinion because mine is pretty much right in the middle.