Five Albums That Changed My Life: Jaek Harmond of Chelsea Grin
This past summer, Chelsea Grin released 'My Damnation,' their second album for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie. Produced by Zeuss (Arsis, Municipal Waste), the 10-song collection has helped the Utah-based sextet become one of the more popular acts in the deathcore scene. Chelsea Grin are currently out on the Thrash and Burn tour along with Winds of Plague, As Blood Runs Black, For the Fallen Dreams, Upon a Burning Body, In the Midst of Lions, Like Moths to Flames, and Volumes. Before one of the shows, guitarist Jaek Harmond took some time out to take part in Noisecreep's 'Five Albums That Changed My Life' series.
'Nocturnal,' The Black Dahlia Murder (2007)
"Honestly, this is my favorite (along with most of Chelsea Grin) CD in the world... bay far! In my opinion, it's just the perfect record done by the perfect metal band that can do no wrong. I wasn't into The Black Dahlia Murder until about two years ago, but in that time I have had no urge to listen to anything other than them, especially 'Nocturnal.' Every song has its own "feel", and the job that Jason Suecof did on the mix is one of the best ever."
'The Curse,' Atreyu (2003)
"I know this one might seem weird, but when I was 13 there was nothing sicker than Atreyu [laughs]. Going back and listening to this CD now, I can see what I liked it so much, but it's not something that I give a daily listen anymore. I'm not sure whether to call this album "metalcore" or what, but the hooks and vocal melodies are very memorable and it has one of the coolest themes for an album that I know of."
'A New Era of Corruption,' Whitechapel (2010)
"The first time I listened to this album I literally could not believe what I was hearing. I said to myself, "There is no way this band can top this CD". It is leaps and bounds over 2008's 'This is Exile,' and the amount of groove and simplification Whitechapel did to some of their parts was exactly what they needed. The first six months this record was out I didn't listen to anything else but it."
'The Discovery,' Born of Osiris (2011)
"We are actually very good friends with Born of Osiris and we got to hear a lot of the pre-production demos of the songs off this album and we were blown away. When the real mix was finally done, it was even better! Suecof again killed it on the mix, and in comparison to 2009's 'A Higher Place,' it just shits all over it. It's so much more melodic, way better keyboard/piano parts and it's not just part after part after part – the songs actually go somewhere and that's what got me hooked."
'Frail Words Collapse,' As I Lay Dying (2003)
"Every fan of metalcore ever had better love this CD, because this is where it all started. It's the most raw, real and emotional albums ever made. Every song on the album is a single, and I could never pick a favorite. I am not the biggest fan of metalcore anymore, but there is no way my soft spot for this album will ever fade."
Catch Chelsea Grin on the Thrash and Burn Tour along with Winds of Plague, As Blood Runs Black, For the Fallen Dreams, Upon a Burning Body, In the Midst of Lions, Like Moths to Flames, and Volumes:
11/29- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/30- Portland, ME @ TBA
12/01- Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights w/ Hatebreed (WOP, CG, ABRB only)
12/02- Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
12/03- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/04- Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
12/05- Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
12/07- St. Louis, MO @ TBA
12/08- Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
12/09- San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
12/10- Dallas, TX @ Unsilent Night Fest
12/11- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
12/12- Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
12/13- Austin, TX @ Emo's East
12/14- El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls