Review Summary: Emmure, how are you so damn good at being this bad?
What is there to say about a band like Emmure? Once the topic of conversation for scene kids everywhere, Emmure has recently seemed to fade away with the dissolution of deathcore (slowly) and the current progressive/djent movement.
Known for consistent chugging, boring drum fills, and macho hardcore-yelling-to-screaming teenage movie lines, Emmure sure knows how to bring one thing - the mediocrity. They had a decent album with Goodbye to the Gallows
, and I have since cared less about them. So I decided to give Speaker of the Dead
a shot. Was it worth it? Absolutely not.
Speaker of the Dead
starts out like every other Emmure album, a breakdown (with of course, "We are unstoppable", that's not cliche). Area 66-64 drags the album further along, with more breakdowns and wankery throughout the entire song. Nothing that hasn't been done six thousand times already. Every song after starts to blend together, to the point of where I can't even discern them apart. It then finishes with, you guessed it, another breakdown, chanting "We're all going to die!". Yes Frankie Nasso, your CD is the cause.
I do however give Emmure credit for one song, just for the sole cause that it is too damn catchy. Solar Flare Homicide is a great show track, and clearly the reason they made it one of the singles off of the album. Don't expect anything fantastic, but it will leave you bobbing your head a bit.
Honestly, Emmure have no bounds when it comes to not changing their style. The past 4 CD's have all been so similar in production, style, rhythm, and songwriting. It begs to ask the question, could Emmure please make just ONE decent record just to prove us wrong? Probably not.