Emmure
The Respect Issue


1.5
very poor

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
September 13th, 2008 | 189 replies | 25,734 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you thought the only thing metalcore needed was more breakdowns, then boy has Emmure got an album for you...

20 of 26 thought this review was well written

Never in my life have I come across a band that was so content with mediocrity as Emmure. You would think that after the release of their third album, there would be a noticeable difference in the sounds the band produces, but alas, that is not the case. Emmure has released three whole albums full of the exact same rehashed ideas and stale breakdowns, and not only has the band displayed a glorious absence of progression, it even seems like they may have regressed in some cases.

The only noticeable difference this time around is that Emmure has actually managed to find a way to jam even more breakdowns into a single song. Instead of approaching the music with the normal metalcore formula of Intro-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Breakdown-End Chorus/Outro, the band has decided to "spice things up" with the following formula; Intro Breakdown-Verse Breakdown-Chorus Breakdown-2nd Verse Breakdown...I think you get the idea. The band does attempt a few slower (possibly ballad attempts?) with songs like Chicago's Finest, and those songs end up being the better on the album, though not by much. In songs such as these, the lyrics seem to be the focal point, but the songs end up falling flat on their face when the singer begins the stereotypical spoken word passages with lines such as, "I never thought I'd feel so alone, I never thought I'd want to come back home..." and then segues into the "powerful" lines "I lost everything just to have this, and now my dreams are coming true..." and "Chase your dreams", delivered in a screamed fashion.

However, that's not to say that their aren't a few (and I mean few) redeeming factors. The vocals are actually a step above decent, but sadly they do nothing to distract from the mediocrity of everything else, and the guitarists actually do a few interesting things in spots. Now when I say spots, I don't mean an interesting riff or even a short solo, the spots I'm referring to are literally spots, maybe up to 5 seconds in length, where the guitarists display some semblance of "the shred" in the form of the shortest leads I've ever heard. Even so, a three second shred passage (like the one found after the second breakdown or so in False Love In Real Life, at about 30 seconds in) is not enough to save an entire song. In the same way, the one or two good things are definitely not enough to save the entire album.

Even though the album fairly poor on all fronts, I will say that if you are in the mood to mosh around this album would actually be a decent listen. On the other hand, so would any other metalcore album released in the past few years. The HxC kids will undoubtedly love this album, as the music is usually heavy, and when heard live, the music would undoubtedly bring the mosh, but as far as casual listening goes, I say stay away. I can't really think of a good way to close this pragraph, so I will just leave you with perhaps one of the most fowl lyrics I've heard in quite some time, from the song Tales From The Burg.

"It must of been his brand new hand pentagram
Or the fact that he f*cks Iron city girls , no condom on the rag.
Just so you know the next time your sucking his d*ck.Your tasting the blood of a pirates fan.
Tell me how much lower can you go in life. You f*cking b*tch."

Yeah...its that bad...(this was copied and pasted from the band's MySpace, and I'm not even going to make a joke about the grammatical errors, you may do this yourselves)

So what do you get when you combine an abhorrent amount of breakdowns, mediocre musicianship and songwriting, and decent vocals paired with pretty awful lyrics? Well the simple answer to that question would be this album, but more specifically, you get a terrible album. You may be able to get a little enjoyment out of one or two songs on here, but after that first or second listen, the album loses an semblance of decency it had in the first place. To put it simply, the money spent on this album will only go to support a band that clearly has no appreciation for the actual art of producing music...



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Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nvm I got in trouble This Message Edited On 09.13.08

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


seriously?

otherwise very good review.

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

seriously?

eh?

DaveBum69
September 13th 2008



699 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

GAY, I hate this band so much, the lyrics make it sound like there in about 6th grade, that part you quated is about Pittsburgh, they played a show there at a place called club octane and were just a bunch of assholes and telling the other bands to get off the stage and all kinds of shi they were being bitch cause they demanded the place hold 250 people and think it hold around 150, 200tThis Message Edited On 09.13.08This Message Edited On 09.13.08

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


the use of the shadows intro.

Oh well, it fits with what you are trying to say.

also, this review needs a conclusion.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I honestly could not think of a better way to fully encompass the grand scale of how unappologetically mediocre this band is other than to use that intro to provide the opposite view haha

oh crap I missed the conclusion on the transfer over to the add review thing...one moment...

ok fixed itThis Message Edited On 09.13.08

IAmInsect
September 13th 2008



3800 Comments


i heard some of this last night and lol

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Alright cool a mystery neg...

thejared
September 13th 2008



195 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the lyrics make me think i would be a good lyric writer lol ...

Digging: Chet Faker - Built on Glass

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah, the lyrics are teh awful...

thejared
September 13th 2008



195 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

and i think they use fuck "way " too much in the lyrics .. it just wrecks most of the songs .. and basically all the songs sound the same

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


and i think they use **** "way " too much in the lyrics .. it just wrecks most of the songs .. and basically all the songs sound the same


but d00d, that takes away from the br00tal nature of this album.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

d00d nothing could take away from the br00talne$$ of this album!

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


indeed.

natey
September 13th 2008



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I must say I enjoy listening to this.

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

One or two songs are fine like every couple of weeks...but that's about it...

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What the crap another random neg?

Maybe I should stop doing negative reviews of bands that have rabid fanbases This Message Edited On 09.13.08

ToWhatEnd
September 13th 2008



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nope this record sucks. I started doing a review of it but couldn't finish.

Wizard
September 13th 2008



18792 Comments


Well written review marksellsuswallets. Really enjoy your writing style. Now channel your passion for writing into something more enjoyable instead of wasting your time on this poop. Pos'!

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Haha you know I would write about something worthwhile if somebody would release it!!! I enjoy writing negative review to be honest...of course I enjoy positive reviews to but I don't like reviewing things that already have reviews...especially ones that have an abundance of positive reviews...



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