Emmure
Goodbye to the Gallows


3.0
good

Review

by Danie USER (9 Reviews)
March 14th, 2009 | 220 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emmure produce hard hitting breakdowns, but what else?

With somewhat of an infestation of metalcore bands lately - the genre has (sadly) become music's most productive deliverer of mediocrity and unoriginality. Inexplicable as it may sound, I was intrigued when I heard of Emmure: metalcore with a more breakdown orientated approach. Something I've never heard of. Upon listening to Emmure's first full-length studio album, Goodbye To The Gallows, my interest diminished and mediocrity and unoriginality came to mind.

If creating thunderous breakdowns was Emmure's sole purpose, they'd succeed with flying colours. Their intentions are made crystal clear from the very beginning - the intro, a 50 second instrumental breakdown. The intro basically warns you, more incoming... The heavily downtuned chugging and bass kicks are almost ubiquitous, providing a perpetual supply of breakdowns throughout the album. These two elements also amalgamate well, creating a few compact blasts. 0:14 Into the intro, as the vocalist shouts, "Go," one of these compact blasts can be heard. Pretty brutal. Generally the bass will follow the riff patterns, and gives the music a fuller sound. As brutal as the breakdowns are, they are used to a preposterous extent, inevitably becoming monotonous. Apt examples are the third track, sporting a brief verse in the middle, but dominated by breakdowns. The eigth track is basically a dragged out breakdown of almost three minutes. I just wish they worked more sparingly with their breakdowns.

Luckily, this album has one inherent quality, the vocals. The vocals smoothly teeter between spoken vocals, high shrieks, deathy growls, and even a cleanly sung section on the seventh track. Each facet of the vocals is executed well - the deathy growls are especially pleasing, sometimes the spoken vocals sound out of place or annoying, but this is negligible. The vocals provide much needed variation. Why is this variation so bliss? One simple reason... The vocals manage to rescue the dragged out breakdowns. The third track is a testament to this, the full reputua of vocals are implemented and almost salvage the song. What's supposed to be another tiresome breakdown, becomes a half decent song. However, the end of the song is excruciatingly annoying, with the vocalist repeatedly asking, "Won't you be my bride?" - followed by a few throaty words. Nevertheless, the vocals was a big plus point. The lyrics are as cliched as they come. The bad ex... They were poorly written, and come across as obnoxious and childish.

Thankfully, Emmure do manage to exhibit some depth and aptitude as far as musicianship is concerned (albeit rare). They manage to conjur up a few decent grooves, for example the second track (0:15 and 2:32). The fourth track features better instrumentation - your ears are graced by a melodic guitar riff! For the first time you actually notice the lead guitar, entertaining your ears with a very catchy hook. The spoken vocals work well at the beginning and during the verse. The drummer even chips in with a few fills. The seventh track also boasts with melody. The track starts off with a catchy melodic section which changes into a breakdown eventually, then we hear a cleanly sung chorus. This was definitely one of the better songs and I can't fathom why Emmure didn't incorporate more melody.

Apart from compelling vocals, this album is marred by monotony and tedium. For the most part it feels like a mindless onslaught of breakdowns. They are brutal as hell, but used to a ridiculous extent. If you like to mosh, by all means...

Recommended tracks:
10 Signs You Should Leave
Rusted Over Wet Dreams
Sleeping Princess In The Devil's Castle



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bastard
March 14th 2009


3435 Comments


this album is terrible, as is everything that Emmure has done, but good review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2009


8393 Comments


This sounds terribly boring. It's like the whole album is one big breakdown. Decent review nevertheless

Phantom
March 14th 2009


8930 Comments


It's like the whole album is one big breakdown

Hole in one.

Danie
March 14th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. Yeah, if they just reduced the breakdowns it could've been better I reckon.

marksellsuswallets
March 14th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you don't like breakdowns you can get out get out get out get out get out get out get out

Danie
March 14th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

**moshcore**

SnackaryBinx
March 14th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

emmure only produce awful.

ToWhatEnd
March 14th 2009


3172 Comments


Band is an absolute joke.

foreverendeared
March 14th 2009


14678 Comments


metalcore with a more breakdown orientated approach. Something I've never heard of.

lol really?

Golgoroth
March 14th 2009


1084 Comments


Good review, but reads more like a 2.5. A 3 is somewhat positive.

kygermo
March 14th 2009


996 Comments


No offense to you good sir, but why is there two reviews of this crap-fest when theres soooooo many albums here with no reviews? Classic records have no reviews but medicore albums get two or three well-written reviews. The worlds a sad place.

Relinquished
March 14th 2009


26022 Comments


You should do something about it then.

Phantom
March 14th 2009


8930 Comments


Exactly what I was going to say.

The Feeding
March 15th 2009


5 Comments


lame, constant breakdowns and tough guy images...

Danie
March 15th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ya Golgoroth, was teetering between a 2.5 and 3. Decided on a generous 3 in the end...

Tits McGee
March 15th 2009


1876 Comments


probably one of the worst bands ever

aShotInTheDark
March 23rd 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really wish that they would stick to writing songs that were more like rusted over wet dreams and sleeping princess in devils castle. theyd actually be decent. rating is for those two songs plus this compared to the respect issue speaks for itself, but still not saying much haha

HammerofDawn
April 1st 2009


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Emmure is kick ass live...if u havent seen them yet its a concert u shouldnt miss. And all u saying that emmure sucks are stupid. One of the best bands ive heard. ive heard more terrible music so u guys should go talk shit on them. these guys are great.This Message Edited On 04.01.09

poweroftheweez
April 1st 2009


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Emmure is kick ass live...if u havent seen them yet its a concert u shouldnt miss

april fools day!
but seriously, when i saw them they were terrible.

HammerofDawn
April 1st 2009


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It was like their second time in omaha and they kicked ass...maybe they were having a bad day or something. everybody has them u know.



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