Review Summary: It sucks, but it actually doesn't suck enough...
Believe me, The Respect Issue is more worse than this record; That album had the (stereo)typical Emmure sound that some of this album won't have. On Felony, It creates the illusion of a very poor and typical metalcore album: Nearly every track on the album is 2 to 3-and-a-half minutes long; The albums songs have terrible lyrics ("And now you're looking down the barrel of a gun / Sun of a Gun / Looks like you're not having any fun"); and if you know about Emmure from their previous releases, you think you know what to expect. There is a new guitarist and drummer (who also can't blast). The things that you are very unlikely to expect (unless you are told, obviously) include things like the rap/nu metal influence. Like I had stated on my review on "Goodbye to the Gallows" (a decent Emmure album):
"I'm not saying that having a Nu Metal kind of sound on Felony was a good idea."
What I meant by that was that most of the time, on this album, they do not pull off the Nu Metal sound well. Additionally, It's the Nu Metals AND -cores that trolling metalheads are more likely to target, so it was a pretty stupid idea.
Now let's review some of the tracks (Remember, no talent).
"Sunday bacon" starts off with a drum beat which a typical deathcore drummer is certain to perform that very easily. The rest of the song is pretty terrible, along with the following track, "I thought you met tv and turned me into casper", which is also pretty terrible. If you hear what the girl, who remains anomynous in the track, is saying, even in connection to the rest of the song's lyrics, you are likely to be disturbed. "You suck my battleship" is a perfect example to show that Frankie can't rap, but that's only the intro to the song. "R2DEEPTHROAT" is an attack on The Acacia Strain for attacking them with "Skynet", which was pretty immature for a deathcore band to be honest, and I don't mean that the Acacia Strain are. What you don't expect in the song is that there is a nu metal type of "breakdown" instead of the typical deathcore breakdown that Emmure are certain to pull off.
On the other hand, The decent songs are simply tracks 9 to 11. This includes "Bars In Astoria", which adds to the Felony Nu Metal sound, but in a good way. This is because the song does sound a bit like KoRn because of a few vocals and some guitar riffs, but it is easily the most enjoyable track by Emmure on this album, until the final breakdown, however, which ruins it. It is also the longest track on the album, but hits the 3:28 minute mark. "Lessons from Nichole" is also an enjoyable track on the album. Even though it's an Emmure deathcore song, it still has pretty interesting riffs through most of the song. Still pretty short like the rest of the album's tracks. Finally, "Don't be one" is not as enjoyable, but it is probably the most unpredictable song on the album. I believed that the clean vocals belonged to a guest vocalist, until Frankie wrote this on twitter: "I wrote a song with singing on our last record called "Don't Be One". Most people don't even think/realize its me. Whatever. Glad I did it.". The last track, "Immaculate misconception", is best to ignore. It is only 1-and-a-half minutes long and is a very weak album closer.
In conclusion, what kind of album is this? I'm obviously not saying that this is their worst, but without the decent tracks, I would have rated this a 2.5/5 to even 1/5. In fact, here are all of Emmure's LPs rated out of 5 (based on my opinion):
Goodbye To The Gallows: 4/5
The Respect Issue: 2.5/5
Speaker of the dead: 3.5/5
If you don't care, don't like Emmure, don't like this album or this review, than don't make remarks about it. The review is probably better than the album.
Bars In Astoria
Lessons from Nichole
Don't be one
I thought you met telly and turned me into casper
You sunk my battleship