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Emmure Speaker of the Dead

01. Children of Cybertron 02. Area 64-66 03. Dogs Get Put Down 04. Demons With Ryu 05. Eulogy of Giants 06. Solar Flare Homicide 07. 4 Poisons 3 Words 08. Bohemian Grove 09. Cries of Credo 10. Last Words to Rose 11. A Voice From Below 12. Drug Dealer Friend 13. My Name Is Thanos 14. Lights Bring Salvation 15. Word of Intulo
2011 Victory Records
Our score 5


Contrary to popular beliefs, nu-metal is alive and well. Sure, much of the hip-hop flare has been stripped away, but the jump-around breaks, occasional DJ scratches and flat brimmed b-boy mentality is still polluting the metal scene and Emmure are the some of the biggest litterbugs out there. The combination of Korny guitar squeals, tough guy stances, and infinite metalcore broken record breakdowns construct the heart of this band. But on Speaker of the Dead they dabble in moments of musical intricacies that makes one wonder why they don't stray from their perpetually beaten path more often. "Children of Cybertron" begins with promise, blasting a Messugah-like backfire of polyrhythmic proportions. It sounds good until the shout-spoken speech begins and the macho-man chorus of "you can't fuck with us" ruins the song. The pull-off riffing and metallic guitar shrieks under the verses and bridge of "Area 64-66" are interesting, even if A Life Once Lost did it almost a decade ago. Slipknot could have written "Dogs Get Put Down," with its PogoBall beat (it sounds a lot like Victory labelmates, Dr. Acula). The lyrics "I stay banging, I stay strapped" would come off as fake gangsta, but these guys are obviously not serious about trying to push that angle, so while it sounds stupid, think of it as a metaphor. "Demons with Ryu" picks up the tempo for the first time and proves that Emmure can use dynamics. The almost melodic middle section gets a thumbs-up and the subsequent staccato breaks might get somebody killed. The reverbed jangle on "Bohemian Grove" makes the verse extremely powerful when it finally kicks in. A clean plucking melody on "Last Words for Rose" is the closest thing these guys come to a ballad. Single note riffing that begins "A Voice From Below" is another slight departure from Emmure's normal power chord progressions. It even picks up for a few measures before slowing into yet another belabored mosh part, followed by another. The only thing missing from "Lights Bring Salvation" is Jonathan Davis, and the last track, "Words From Intulo," is the definition of filler. Bottom Line: This new album suggests that the band is capable of so much more, which is encouraging, yet frustrating as they don't push the boundaries of their experimentation. Love it or hate it, Emmure is sticking to their redundant style.


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stewietantrum 4/19/2012 9:23:57 PM

How can a band this bad be so popular? "Immaturity" is a good word to summarize Emmure, both musically and lyrically. I've heard crappy high school nu-metal bands with more creativity.

anonymous 5/2/2012 9:59:21 AM

I like this album. good to blast with the windows down and make old people give you a dirty look. puts a smile on my face that this pisses people off. blast it next to someone blasting rap and watch the look on their face =)

anonymous 9/9/2012 2:11:40 AM

Wtf did I just listen to? Nu Metal is the lil wayne of all metal genres...