Emmure
Speaker of the Dead


2.0
poor

Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
February 14th, 2011 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Horrible lyrics, repetitive songwriting, and endless chugging represent a small step forward for Emmure.

Emmure's last release, "Felony" was, by all accounts, terrible. The endless breakdowns, uninspired songwriting, and poor lyrics were just a few factors contributing to its critical demise. Two years later, Emmure is back at it, and their latest, "Speaker of the Dead," is most definitely an improvement over their abysmal previous effort. Some parts of this record are actually legitimately interesting and (dare I say it) catchy, the synths and other electronic effects utilized are impressive, and the production is excellent. There are still many issues with this album, but there is no doubt that "Speaker of the Dead" is a step in the right direction for Emmure.

Emmure adding electronic elements to their music: the idea sounds horrible, but they surprisingly (for the most part) manage to pull it off. "Bohemian Grove" and the short "A Voice From Below" are both good examples of this, as the eerie synths add an extra layer to the music. The production is also well done; the drums sound great, while the low and heavy guitars pack a serious punch. The bass is also audible (!) which is always nice to see.

Emmure have not improved in every area, however. The songwriting is still pretty lazy, with the downtuned guitars sticking almost exclusively to frets 0, 1 and 2, and while the heavy vocals are listenable, Frankie's trademark spoken word parts are just as laughable as they were on the last release. The lyrics are also uncreative and horrendous, in particular "Drug Dealer Friend" with its defiant cry of "I want to watch you suck his dick!" Every song on here sounds relatively similar, so listening to the album in full is, to put it nicely, a chore. Their decision to end the album with a thirty-five second chugging exercise is also confusing.

"Speaker of the Dead" is definitely a step in the right direction for Emmure. There are bits and pieces of this release which actually show some promise, and if the band can ever escape the swirling void of breakdown Hell, then they may have the potential to make something memorable. For now, though, I'll turn something else on, and wait with renewed interest for the band's next move.



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Devin Earl (2.5)
Miles ahead of Felony and light years away from being liked by real metalheads...

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Emmure, how are you so damn good at being this bad?...

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Another unoriginal addition to the Emmure discography...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Lambda
February 14th 2011


2468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Relinquished
February 14th 2011


25589 Comments


"the swirling void of breeakdown Hell"

*breakdown

Lambda
February 14th 2011


2468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, I caught that after posting.

scissorlocked
February 14th 2011


3511 Comments


Emmure grow up

A day will come that sputnikers will 5 their newest album

Digging: Distance - Outer Limits

youfailedme87
February 14th 2011


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was actually pretty amazed when i heard this album, i had some flash backs of their first album. there were actually some parts you could actually groove to, the problem though was that every time you started to get into the riff they would just go into another stale breakdown. I agree i do think this a step in the right direction but still leaves much to be desired.

climactic
February 14th 2011


19850 Comments


1

Scoot
February 14th 2011


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

better than felony but not my a whole lot

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

NeroCorleone80
February 14th 2011


29933 Comments


Congrats for actually sitting through the album

dixoncocks
February 14th 2011


2639 Comments


eh this kinda stinks

RobotJesus
February 14th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The lyrics are also uncreative and horrendous, in particular "Solar Flare Homicide" with its defiant cry of "I want to watch you suck his dick!"

Actually that is from drug dealer friend

Lambda
February 14th 2011


2468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Whoops, thanks

BetaAquilae
February 14th 2011


248 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I hope the average rating goes lower than what it is now. Calling this "good" is an insult to every decent musician out there.

snerefedsav
February 14th 2011


850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

holy shit i can't even i'm actually saying this, but this is terrible. it's actually pretty catchy. granted, i think it'll probably end up a 2.5 for me at best. but considering what i have grown to expect from emmure, not too shabby. there are actually a few riffs instead of just 0 or 1 on the lowest string

MalleusMaleficarum
February 14th 2011


14369 Comments


seriously though. this is absurd.

why would you ever have a lyric of "i want to watch you suck his dick because i know you love it bitch"..

that lyric OPENS the song.

OVER A BREAKDOWN.



bloc
February 14th 2011


35010 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

About halfway through this; some very enjoyable songs so far.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

BigTuna
February 14th 2011


5161 Comments


"seriously though. this is absurd.

why would you ever have a lyric of "i want to watch you suck his dick because i know you love it bitch"..

that lyric OPENS the song.

OVER A BREAKDOWN."

this




Apollo
February 14th 2011


10365 Comments


lol Bloc


saucy
February 14th 2011


342 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I hate when people say they start a song with a breakdown.

A breakdown implies that you are breaking something down, so in reality, they start it with a riff. A shitty riff, granted, but a riff all the same.

snerefedsav
February 14th 2011


850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lyrical mastery of the highest form.

MalleusMaleficarum
February 14th 2011


14369 Comments


saucy youre an idiot.

youre trying to say that emmure writes riffs.



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