Chelsea Grin was originally formed by Alex Koehler and former band mates under the name Ahaziah. The band's first members were Alex Koehler, guitarist Chris Kilbourn, bassist Austin Marticorena and lead guitarist Michael Stafford. Marticorena introduced Andrew Carlston to Chelsea Grin and assisted in rewriting their songs as well as the creation of new material. This writing process lead to the tracks on their first release, a self-titled EP that was streamed and released online through iTunes, then released on CD worldwide on July 27, 2008. Early on in the band's career, they released the songs "Crewcabanger" and "Lifeless" as singles, both of which were received well by listening audiences on Myspace.
The band later sought to obtain a third guitarist position which led to the acquisition of Dan Jones and followed into the writing of their full-length album Desolation of Eden (2010), following up this record was My Damnation (2011) before cutting into a 2012 EP titled Evolve. Since then the band released two more full-lengths, Ashes to Ashes in 2014 and Self Inflicted in 2016.
Signing to Artery Recordings (2008–2009)
Following the release and success of the self-titled EP in July 2008, the signing to Statik Factory Records, and a few small successful west coast tours, Austin Marticorena (bass) left the band for personal reasons. The band recruited Jake Harmond to temporarily fill in on bass while the band found a permanent member. Not long after this, the band ousted drummer Andrew Carlston, and Kory Shilling took his place, as well as Davis Pugh taking over the full-time bass player position. In April 2009, original drummer, Carlston returned to the band, replacing Shilling, and guitar player, and original member, Chris Kilbourn left the band to start his own record label, Matchless Records. Shortly thereafter, Jake Harmond once again filled in for the band, this time as substitute rhythm guitar player.
Soon after the band started to write the follow-up to the self-titled EP, they decided to take a new route and switch Davis Pugh from being bassist into being a third guitar player after David Flinn joined the band as bassist. The band then was added to a small, week-long Canadian run in June 2009 with The Agonist, A Plea for Purging, Arsonists Get All the Girls and Statik Factory labelmates, Attila. After the successful tour, fill-in guitar player Jake Harmond decided to become a full-time member, and the band joined into a contract with Artery Foundation representatives, Mike Milford and Eric Rushing whom then booked studio time for Chelsea Grin to record their debut full-length, Desolation of Eden at Lambesis Studios in San Marcos, California during August 2009. The album was produced by As I Lay Dying vocalist and studio founder, Tim Lambesis. One week prior to heading into the studio, guitar player Davis Pugh was kicked out of the band, and was replaced with ex-bandmate of Jake Harmond; Dan Jones, of another local Salt Lake City band, Hermione. Whilst in the studio the band inked a deal with Artery Recordings, a label that was imprinted between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie.
Desolation of Eden (2009–2010)
After recording their debut record, Desolation of Eden, the band embarked on their first full US tour featuring Dr. Acula, American Me, and Attila. Desolation of Eden was released on February 16, 2010 and reached number 21 on The Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart selling 1,500 copies its first week. With the success of their debut, the band was afterwards featured and praised in Alternative Press, Utah newspapers and many other magazines nationwide and worldwide.
In August 2010, while the band was in Richmond, Virginia on the Thrash and Burn tour, vocalist Alex Koehler received a serious injury to his jaw, having it fractured in three places, which required the band to drop off its final week. Koehler was rushed from the venue to receive surgery. Despite this, the band still carried out their two-week tour with Blind Witness and Attila on during September 2010, which had Koehler substituted with Adam Warren of Oceano.
One song that debuted on the band's self-titled EP; "Cheyne Stokes", was re-recorded for Desolation of Eden. The album has also peaked at 24 on the Billboard New Artists Chart. There are currently two music videos from the record, "Sonnet of the Wretched" and "Recreant". The music video for "Sonnet of the Wretched" was filmed on June 4, 2010 as the band headlined a sold-out show at The Boardwalk in Orangvale, CA, the video was then released on July 7, 2010. In 2010, while on tour with Iwrestledabearonce, Eyes Set to Kill, The Chariot and Vanna, the band recorded a music video for the single "Recreant" on a recording set held in Northern California, the video debuted January 13, 2011 on Metal Injection. Chelsea Grin confirmed Chris "Zeuss" Harris as the chosen producer for the recording of their follow-up album to My Damnation, and would enter the studio for its recording by January 13, 2011.
My Damnation and Evolve (2010–2012)
Chelsea Grin finished writing and recording their second full-length album in June 2011, where the title for it was revealed as being My Damnation. It was released the following month on July 19, 2011. On April 17 Artery Recordings released the title track as the album's lead single off the album, having a music video produced for it weeks later. The song "All Hail The Fallen King" featuring Phil Bozeman, vocalist of Whitechapel, also premiered before the record's release.
Chelsea Grin toured in-support of the album with Emmure and Attila before being included on the All Stars Tour, which featured those same bands and many others such as After the Burial, Born of Osiris and Motionless in White.
Chelsea Grin played the entire Warped Tour 2012. At the same time of the Warped Tour announcement, plans for releasing a 5-song EP were confirmed. During December of the year, lead guitarist, Michael Stafford left the band. Born of Osiris (and former All Shall Perish) guitarist, Jason Richardson took up Stafford's position until further notice. Stafford explained that he could not bear touring any more along with other reasons for the explanation of the departure. Less than a week later, Richardson was kicked out from Born of Osiris, and then immediately switched his position as a substitute member for Chelsea Grin to a permanent member.
In the end of November 2012, Pablo Viveros joined Chelsea Grin on drums. During November and December 2012 Chelsea supported Motionless in White on their headline North American tour entitled "The Infamous Tour". The tour was a success with many dates being sold out. The band then did a short headline tour of North America in January. Chelsea Grin performed at the Soundwave Festival in Australia in February 2013, as well as two sidewave shows with Of Mice and Men and While She Sleeps.
Ashes to Ashes and Self Inflicted (2013–present)
During March 2013 the band headlined a tour with Attila, Betraying the Martyrs, Within the Ruins and Buried In Verona for their second major headlining tour, "The Sick Tour 2". The band supported Emmure across Europe during April and May 2013. This was the band's 3rd time in Europe. Chelsea Grin performed at several European festivals over the summer months, Including the open air festival with Parkway Drive. They also played the All Stars 2013 tour alongside Every Time I Die. In June 2013, Chelsea Grin released a full cover of the song "Right Now" by Korn, produced by one of Chelsea Grin guitarists, Dan Jones. At the end of June, they were announced as the main support on the Brothers in Arms tour alongside The Amity Affliction, Stick To Your Guns, and In Hearts Wake. The tour covered most capital cities of Australia in late October 2013.
The band officially entered the studio late November 2013, two years since their last album. The new album is entitled Ashes to Ashes and was released on July 8, 2014 via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie. A song called Letters was leaked on December 17, 2013. The album was produced by Chelsea Grin and Diego Farias, guitarist from the band Volumes. The band has stated that the album "has the same amount of material as Desolation of Eden, My Damnation and Evolve… COMBINED." Frontman Alex Koehler stated that the lyrical content on Ashes to Ashes is much more positive than on the other records: "It's more about standing up for yourselves and not giving a fuck about anyone else's opinions. Every song is going to be based on real life: alcoholism, drug abuse, violence and everyday bullshit forced down our throats". Koehler described the album as "relentlessly heavy, with a touch of melody.". On May 12, 2014 a lyric video for Angels Shall Sin, Demons Shall Pray was released. Another single for the album was released June 3, 2014 titled "Playing With Fire".
Chelsea Grin performed on Vans Warped Tour 2014. The music videos for their songs "Letters" and "Clockwork" were released on June 30, 2014 and July 17, 2014, respectively. The band later supported The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence on their co-headline North American tour in October 2014, and themselves co-headlined a European tour with Veil of Maya with support from Black Tongue and Oceans ate Alaska in February 2015. They then headlined a North American tour in March 2015 with support from Carnifex, Sworn In and The Family Ruin, and have just finished a co-headlining a tour with The Word Alive, supported by Like Moths to Flames and Sylar. While also acting as support for The Amity Affliction on their October 2015 tour as they joined up with Secrets, Cruel Hand and The Plot in You.
On September 21, 2015, Chelsea Grin announced that they will release a new record in mid-2016 (which they "promise ... will be [their] most extreme release to date") and that Jason Richardson is parting ways with the band in favor of a solo effort, to be replaced on guitar by Stephen Rutishauser, who had been playing with the band since 2014. On December 10, 2015 they released the single "Skin Deep". Shortly after releasing the single, the band announced a tour in which their first full-length, "Desolation of Eden" would be played in its entirety. After the tour, they released the single "Clickbait"  on May 4, 2016, along with announcing a new album "Self Inflicted", to be released July 1, 2016 through Rise Records. The 16th of June saw the release of "Broken Bonds", along with a music video to accompany it. The band then announced that they would be playing on the entire 2016 Vans Warped Tour. Then band then opened up for Attila once again on there United States Chaos tour with Emmure & Sylar also rounding up the lineup.
Chelsea Grin also toured for Skin Deep throughout Europe in the Winter of 2017 with Betraying the Martyrs, Make them Suffer & Void of Vision as support. The United States portion started in the Spring of 2017 with Ice Nine Kills, Gideon & Enterprise Earth as support.
Style and influences
Chelsea Grin's musical style has been primarily described as deathcore. Their second album, My Damnation, also demonstrates doom and black metal influences on some songs, featuring tremolo picking and themes of Hell and damnation. Additionally, their second EP, Evolve, features prominent elements of progressive metal, employing technical instrumentation, as well as a symphonic metal sound in a few songs. Chelsea Grin have cited extreme metal and metalcore bands such as Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Bury Your Dead, Emmure, American Me, Slayer, Megadeth, A Perfect Circle and Scars of Tomorrow as their influences.
Chelsea Grin also self-identify as deathcore, and when asked in an interview about the band's view on the label, guitarist Jake Harmond said: "Everyone likes to flap their jaw and voice their own opinion how 'embarrassing' it is to be in a band that can be labeled 'deathcore,' but honestly we have never given a fuck."
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Desolation of Eden||—||21||—||—||—|
|Ashes to Ashes||27||—||3||8||4|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Year||Title||Director||From the album|
|2010||"Sonnet of the Wretched"||Stefan Anderson||Desolation of Eden|
|"My Damnation"||Ramon Boutviseth||My Damnation|
|2012||"The Foolish One"||James Sharrock|
|"Don't Ask Don't Tell"||Stefan Anderson||Evolve|
|2014||"Clockwork"||Ryan Sheehy||Ashes to Ashes|
|"Playing with Fire"|
|2016||"Broken Bonds"||Max Moore||Self Inflicted|
- Metal Goes Metro (July 26 - August 18, 2008)
- The Santa Gets Owned Tour (December 19 - January 5, 2009)
- The No Care Ever Canadian Tour (June 18–29, 2009)
- The Grand Slam All You Can Beat Tour (September 18 - October 29, 2009)
- The Grand Slam All You Can Beat Canadian Tour (October 31 - November 7, 2009)
- Within the Ruins Tour (November 8 - December 10, 2009)
- Burgers & Bowling Tour (February 11 - March 14, 2010)
- Road to Metalfest (April 9 - May 10, 2010)
- The Thrash and Burn Tour 2010 (July 16 - August 15, 2010)
- The Too Cool for School Tour (September 3–14, 2010)
- The Ghostbustour (September 23 - October 24, 2010)
- Across the Nation Tour (November 5–27, 2010)
- The Welcome to Hell Tour (February 10 - March 25, 2011)
- Ignite the World Tour (April 11–30, 2011)
- The All Stars Tour (July 21 - August 23, 2011)
- The Artery Foundation Across the Nation Europe 2011 (October 19 - November 5, 2011)
- The Thrash and Burn Tour 2011 (November 10 - December 15, 2011)
- The Still Reckless Tour (January 12 - February 18, 2012)
- The Sick Tour (March 3 - April 20, 2012)
- Warped Tour 2012 (June 16 - August 5, 2012)
- South American Tour (September 22–30, 2012)
- The Infamous Tour (November 8 - December 16, 2012)
- Done Dirty Clothing Tour (January 18–26, 2013)
- Soundwave 2013 (February 23 - March 4, 2013)
- The Sick Tour 2 (March 9–30, 2013)
- The Mosh Lives Tour (April 6 - May 4, 2013)
- Euro Summer Tour 2013 (June 19–30, 2013)
- The All Stars Tour 2013 (July 19 - August 17, 2013)
- Bury The Hatchet Tour 2014 (January 15 - February 14, 2014)
- Warped Tour 2014 (June 13 - August 3, 2014)
- The Blackcraft Tour (October 3–30, 2014)
- The Moving On Tour (November - December, 2014)
- The Ashes to Ashes Tour (February 2–28, 2015)
- The Real Sick Tour (April 28 - May 23, 2015)
- Desolation of Eden Tour (Feb 19 - Mar 19, 2016)
- Warped Tour 2016 (June 24 - Aug 13, 2016)
- The Chaos Tour 2016 (October 18, 2016 - November 18, 2016)