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Album Review: Chelsea Grin - 'Suffer In Hell'

Saltlake City, Utah deathcore luminaries Chelsea Grin come swinging after their 2018 release, Eternal Nightmare, with one of their most ambitiously centered two-part LP releases, dropping the first part this year, Suffer In Hell.



Looking at bands like Chelsea Grin, it's safe to say the Salt Lake City, Utah band has been through quite the long winding road. Since 2007, the band has released two EPs and five full-length albums in their noteworthy careers, but it was not without a struggle with a sense of direction within the process. Much has changed in the four years since their 2018 release, Eternal Nightmare, and you can feel the difference with their shiny new record, Suffer In Hell.


"The Isnis," a rare gem on this album, is one of the band's best vocal and instrumental performances by far. Pulling off some of their most infectious guitar grooves combined with notably impassionate unclean vocal control, Chelsea Grin manages to produce some of their most genius forms of musicianship on the record."

While the band has always had a way of keeping their audiences engaged with their consistently unique approach to their technique and aggressive soundscapes, Suffer In Hell feels eons away progressively from what they have ever produced up to this point. While there is a narrative and instrumental difference, it demonstrates that Chelsea Grin has worked hard to show the band what they can be, utilizing the strengths of all of their current members to create a truly memorable listening experience.


From the beginning of this two-part LP experience, Suffer In Hell is every bit as heavy, orchestral, and vicious then one would hope for with their first impression, "Origin of Sin." Showing off instrumentally a more massive and creative approach guitar-wise than ever before, Suffer In Hell takes an impressive turn into more amazing moments that will show off just how much the band has changed and all for the better.

Keeping its destructively melodic focus in check, Chelsea Grin keeps swinging with more imposing and theatrically complex moments such as "Deathbed Companion." Effortlessly gliding between heavy to chaotically dulcet in one sequence, it's a thrilling listening experience that shows j how far this band has come since their 2018 release.

From "Deathbed Companion," Suffer in Hell backbends into a technically impressive number, "Crystal Casket." A leviathan of instrumental energy, one can't be prepared for the atmospheric highlight, "Floodlungs." Harmonically pleasing while maintaining its dominant percussive synergy throughout, Chelsea Grin consistently finds ways to play around with heavier elements without losing focus.

"The Isnis," a rare gem on this album, is one of the band's best vocal and instrumental performances by far. Pulling off some of their most infectious guitar grooves combined with notably impassionate unclean vocal control, Chelsea Grin manages to produce some of their most genius forms of musicianship on the record.

Suffer in Hell concludes the record with colossal ariose moments, "Mourning Hymn," and "Suffer In Hell,Suffer In Heaven." Enormous in their deathcore delivery while intermingling with gorgeous bits of orchestral quality, Chelsea Grin ends the album portraying all the best faucets of their soundscapes effectively.

Suffer In Hell is an album that effectively demonstrates a beautifully rich instrumental relationship between soft and heavy elements. Brimming with tenebrous strength and creative tenacity, Chelsea Grin has stepped up leagues above from their last release, Eternal Nightmare, showing they really took the time to see what works and what does not, and have made one of their most successfully centered efforts to date. If their next album, Suffer In Heaven, is every bit as focused as this, then Chelsea Grin will definitely have the genre attention of the scene for a while.



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