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Alex Koehler (Chelsea Grin): Six Songs To Die With

Chelsea Grin vocalist and co-founder Alex Koehler chooses Six Songs To Die With.

Alex Koehler

We have neither the budget nor the imagination of BBC Radio, so we've borrowed from their Desert Island Discs program to bring you our own scaled down version, dubbed Six Songs To Die With. We ask a noteworthy musical guest to select the six songs they'd be stranded with on an obligatory desert island. Hypothetically, said guest will be dying on this island, so they've been advised to choose wisely. Selections appear in no particular order.

Since forming in 2007, Utah deathcore band Chelsea Grin has methodically risen the ranks from small tour opener to frequent headliner with their last album cracking the U.S. Top 30 albums. As such, it seemed like a good idea to ask Chelsea Grin frontman and founding member Alex Koehler to choose Six Songs To Die With.

The Agony Scene

"Screams Turn To Silence"

Alex Koehler: In my opinion, one of the catchiest metal songs ever.

Lana Del Rey

"Off To The Races"

Alex Koehler: I like a smooth voice with a catchy hip hop beat behind it.


"Day 54"

Alex Koehler: I love how passionate and real it is.

It Dies Today

"Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads"

Alex Koehler: This was my favorite band for years growing up. I'd pick the whole album if I could.

Linkin Park


Alex Koehler: Childhood guilty pleasure. Plus, I like warming my vocals up to it.


"Fall In Love"

Alex Koehler: Again, I love a smooth voice with a solid hip hop driven beat.


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anonymous 9/10/2014 7:23:54 AM

Wow. These are typically pretty embarrassing, but this is next level. Unreal.

anonymous 9/10/2014 7:45:08 AM

its too bad the chick who died watching chelsea grin had to die with six songs from them

anonymous 9/10/2014 7:57:47 AM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ King Of Clubz should'a been on this.

anonymous 9/10/2014 9:42:13 AM

this guy is a f*cking moron.

anonymous 9/10/2014 9:54:37 AM

Really weak.

anonymous 9/10/2014 9:56:34 AM

THis is the worst/ g a y e s t band to EVER come out of Utah. This boyband trash needs slow death.

kevin_sorbo 9/10/2014 10:39:14 AM

HOLY-f*ckING-SHIT. Awful taste dude, this shitty pssy sings in a band? must be pure diarrhea.

anonymous 9/10/2014 11:09:39 AM

lana del ray!!! LOL!!!!!

anonymous 9/10/2014 2:34:19 PM

What a vicious cycle of douche bags taking in garbage then producing garbage themselves. Linkin puke in my mouth.

rick____tocchet 9/10/2014 4:18:11 PM

should of just asked a random scene chick at warped tour the same question. FUVCKIN DWEP. horrible.

anonymous 9/10/2014 4:40:33 PM

This dude needs to listen to something other than "whatever's on the radio, played at a reasonable volume."

anonymous 9/10/2014 8:42:54 PM

horrible songs, as expected.

anonymous 9/10/2014 10:42:20 PM


estep 9/11/2014 3:31:16 AM

Surprised emmure isn't on this

anonymous 9/11/2014 11:05:04 AM

everybody chill the f*ck out, it's call a "difference of opinion".

anonymous 9/11/2014 11:16:31 AM

I don't think half of you guys understand that it's possible to like music outside of metal. His list was pretty interesting, and so what if he found some songs on the radio, just because its on the radio doesn't mean its bad music.

anonymous 9/11/2014 11:17:02 AM

nothing better than watching a metal singer like him have such a diverse taste! <3 the songs are great!

anonymous 9/11/2014 11:18:18 AM

Everybody commenting all this hate is wasting their time. Alex doesn't give a solidarity f*ck what anyone thinks of him or his taste in music. So please go troll elsewhere people give a sh*t :)

anonymous 9/11/2014 11:53:25 AM

While this is Alex's personal choices, it lacks emphasis on what it really means to be the songs to die with. If anyone here saw previously Misha Mansoor of Periphery picked several songs showed a well thought out emphasis on the same question.

anonymous 9/11/2014 12:19:45 PM

This looks like it could use more Emmure.

anonymous 9/11/2014 12:48:50 PM

I'm not sure this guy even likes music

anonymous 9/11/2014 1:23:52 PM

Why all you guys hatin? This is his opinion you throw up 6 songs and listen to all the feed back I dare ya

anonymous 9/11/2014 1:28:31 PM

lol butthurt comments are butthurt

anonymous 9/11/2014 5:58:20 PM

I like how all of you dumbf*cks don't know who Chelsea Grin is. They have Jason f*cking Richardson (formerly of Born of Osiris) who is the best f*cking guitarist ever, and they are a Deathcore band. Are you all just seriously that f*cking stupid? I bet most of you beat your dicks off to Falling in Reverse and pssy Post-Hardcore. gays. By the way, Alex would stomp any of your asses in person. He's gigantic, so would Frankie Palmeri of Emmure. Incompetent f*cktards.

maclynb 9/11/2014 6:07:40 PM


anonymous 9/12/2014 4:28:53 AM

Everyone defending this enjoys Slipknot and Staind. I just became gay as I was typing out Staind. Now I'm a woman.

anonymous 9/12/2014 5:49:18 AM

Sick list man. f*ck the rest of these kids

anonymous 9/12/2014 11:03:53 AM

Sooooo much negative judgement. None of you are any better than the people you put down. I'm embarrassed by all of your comments. Alex Koehler, good choices. We don't know you, or your story. \m/

AnalButt 9/12/2014 11:05:26 AM

Worst one yet

anonymous 9/12/2014 3:56:09 PM

All these haters, lol. Its funny how much these f*cktards have to say.

anonymous 9/12/2014 5:08:15 PM

He's not that tough you gay gay gay. He got his whole band kicked off one of the Summer Slaughter tours for talking shit when he was drunk to some random dude and the dude broke his jaw like it was nothing. The singer couldn't sing anymore so they were told to leave the tour. Sorry to shatter your dreams gayatron.

anonymous 9/12/2014 8:38:12 PM

Seriously though, those are some bad songs.

marching_band_rules 9/13/2014 12:05:50 PM

anonymous posted 2 days ago I don't think half of you guys understand that it's possible to like music outside of metal. His list was pretty interesting, and so what if he found some songs on the radio, just because its on the radio doesn't mean its bad music. uh lol

anonymous 9/16/2014 3:03:09 AM

You people hating are f*cking pathetic. Criticizing him for who he is and taking shots at his band because of some songs he likes/grew up with? Grow the f*ck up. Like their music or not, Alex is a role model to kids growing up in the metal scene, unlike 95% of them. If you know who he is and what he's about maybe you'd think again before you start acting like an ass. Rock on Grin.

anonymous 1/7/2015 8:46:45 PM

Its called being open minded. Chelsea Grin is the shit!Their music is amazing and they put on a great show live. An to the gay that's talking shit on slipknot go f*ck yourself poser. Slipknot is the best metal band ever. Let's see you go through all the shit they went through and make a 9 member band that successful. You probably beat off to fall out boy and my chemical romance you f*cktard!

anonymous 12/26/2015 1:08:27 PM

It's sad most of you comment talking shit under anonymous, he's still more successful and above you then you will ever be, why because he doesn't care about people like you, only reason I'm anonymous is I don't have time to sign in, because I'm putting real use to time instead hiding behind a screen talking shit about an amazing artist