Emarosa – This is Your Way Out (EP)
A good friend the other day told me: “You really have to listen to this new band I figured out. They’re called Emarosa; they have keyboards, breakdowns, awesome riffs, samples, low screams, high screams and scream/sing vocal harmonies”. Since I heard them, I can only say that is a damn-near perfect description of what pounded through my speakers.
This band finally stands out in all the countless and repetitive Post-Hardcore acts such as From First to Last, who display very-little originality. Emarosa does the exact opposite. Although at times you may find yourself saying “This sounds somewhat like The Devil Wears Prada”, or more-likely Underoath. That isn’t a bad thing in this case whatsoever. Emarosa seems to slightly pull different aspects out of the good steps set by other bands, and turn it into a masterpiece.
The similarities are strongly found in the vocals. Chris Roetter’s scream sounds similar to Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlaine, but in all the right ways. It still has quite a good amount of originality in it, thankfully. His range is also impressive, going from lower-sounding screams/growls to high pitched agonized screams.
When it comes to the clean vocals, they sound like The Devil Wear’s Prada’s, only better. The thing that will really crack a smile on your face is that Emarosa executes everything at practically the perfect moment, strongly being the clean singing. You will also most-likely find yourself humming them to yourself through most of the day, or singing them to yourself in the shower.
The album/EP displays a wicked amount of emotion, being happiness, sadness, anger, you name it, and Emarosa has it done.
The guitar work is very melodic, such as the Metalcore scene. It as well has a good range, playing “chug-a-lug” riffs, to high screeches. The melodies in themselves are quite catchy, and the pounding drumming backs them up perfectly. They’re even a keyboard in there to hold it all together, and add to the atmosphere.
For a debut, this sure as hell did not have an under-produced feel. Infact, the production feels even better than that of The Devil Wears Prada, who are not nearly as new as Emarosa.
The best display of everything the band has would be in either Utah or Casablanca. So those would be by-far the top-two recommended songs for me.
I’m greatly looking forward to buying, and reviewing the first full album that comes out. I’m also hoping to see them live sometime if they ever come close to my hometown or city. The thought of them live practically makes me weak on my knees.
For the bands first attempt at recording music, they did it better than 4/5 of the Post-Hardcore bands out there.
To wrap up, I’d like to say two things: EP – Download.
First full-album (due soon) – BUY.
No, I’m not advertising. But if Post-Hardcore, Metalcore, or…well… extremely diverse, fast-paced amazing music, this is for you. Hands down.
-The Sun Sleeps