Wow now this is boring, I've sat through plenty of boring albums before but this shit just takes the cake. There is absolutely nothing of any redeeming value on this stale slab of generic shit, the 3 marks go to the fact that the vocalist has a decent enough growl and there's a moderately good melodic section in the track Last Breath
. Apart from that this is the same generic pile of crap that seems to be flooding the mainstream deathcore scene as of late and by all means avoid this album, there's plenty of good deathcore albums out there that you'd be better off investing your time in.
So what makes this so bad that it inspires such fervent resentment from me? It's got all the things I hate most about deathcore, boring riffs or rather lack of them? Check. Annoying breakdowns? Check. Irritating vocals? Check. All this adds up to an incredibly dull and lifeless release and even the instrumental song pisses me thoroughly off. This album feels rushed, unprofessional and sloppy, the whole ordeal feels as though it was put together at the last minute without any thought put into it.
The main problem with this release is the vocals, they're absolutely abysmal. His growls are generic as hell but competent enough, competence isn't enough however as the growls are really bland and lack emotion and passion. But seriously though, the screams are what absolutely ruin it for me. It's obvious the singer has wrecked his voice and instead of replacing him they let him carry on and ruin the whole thing with his whining “shrieks”. There's no way to describe how god awful his screaming actually is, just listen to them if you have the courage.
Onto the guitar front which adds absolutely NOTHING to My Damnation
. They're generic, they're uninteresting, they lack any stand out melodies and solos and the breakdowns are tiresome and banal. What's even more surprising is that Chelsea Grin
have THREE GUITARISTS, you'd think with that amount they'd do something a bit more interesting than the standard bro-core chug fest but guess what? They haven't, also I'd expect to be able to actually hear all three of the guitars but no surprise here, I can't. Seen as though two of the guitars seem to be doing the exact same thing as each other which is just more mind numbing chugging. The bass unsurprisingly is inaudible, wow never heard that before.
What interests me however is that everything feels like it was recorded and then slowed down, like it was released at half it's original speed which serves to try my patience even further. Basically this is just generic deathcore, there's nothing interesting or exciting or even enjoyable going on on here. I can listen to generic music if it sounds good, but this doesn't sound good at all. I'm finding it difficult to find anything to praise about this snore fest other than the melodic section in Last Breath
, this track could have been the saving grace if it was actually melodic throughout rather than having some semi decent sections mixed between the chug fest. But on Last Breath
something interesting happens, his terrible screams don't actually sound that bad when placed over the melodic section, but that's all the positives I have to say about this. I really can't recommend this to anyone except the most dedicated deathcore fan who's brought it upon themselves to listen to every band in the genre. Sound off.
Yep, thats Chelsea Grin for ya ;)