Chelsea Grin – Ashes to Ashes (2014)

This is without a doubt their most accomplished release. The inclusion of guitarist Jason Richardson was by far the best thing they’ve ever done, and it’s rather unfortunate that he left afterward, but for 56 minutes, Chelsea Grin prove that they do have a few tricks up their sleeve after all. It still has their characteristics, but they are used in a more developed way. The lineup shift demonstrated with the Evolve EP was trying some new things, but everything is fleshed out better. The exclusion of clean vocals helps too. If you are forced to hear something by this band, let it be this for sure. Yes, I enjoy Desolation of Eden for its unrestrained assault and My Damnation for its well played concept, but for sound and songwriting, it will never beat Ashes to Ashes. 

RIYL: Born of Osiris, And Hell Followed With, Suicide Silence


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