Emery
...In Shallow Seas We Sail


4.5
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Review

by Tim Schrader USER (1 Reviews)
December 20th, 2011 | 22 replies | 2,305 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time runs out, and Emery has to make a choice; continue with their failed attempt at broader horizons, or salvage what excellence they have left. This is gonna get emotional, boys.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Emery is a post-hardcore outfit hailing from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Their previous LP, I’m Only a Man left much to be desired from a band that had already established themselves as able to deliver raw intensity, as well as mature song writing and subject matter. It was an album that felt like a desperate lurch into popular territory. They abandoned their aforementioned raw intensity, emotional sincerity, and driving riffs of their previous album. They instead adopted simpler musicianship, awkwardly shoehorned electronic elements, and watered down lyrical content to match; no bark and no bite. All of this was made especially disappointing when coming off of the coattails of their near perfect sophomore effort, The Question. Emery had a lot to prove with In Shallow Seas we Sail... .

Right off the bat, on the first track, Emery acknowledges doubt with a swift punch in the face. Desperately furious screams lead you into sharp discords from the guitars, accompanied by sub-terrestrial bass, and quick drum fills that still manage to keep the beat while making your head spin. After descending a floor below for a brief moment in breakdown, the curtains pull back to the showcase of the album. This can only be described as perfect harmony. Our vocalists treat us with the most polished harmonies in post-hardcore history; chaotic sessions with paralleled vocals, as well as lyrical themes that frame the tone and add contrast in regards to the harsh vocals (which are often used sparingly alone, keeping the affect of contrast well). This is ISSWS 101, a crash course for what we can expect from the rest of the album; we have bone crushing riffs and breakdowns, heartfelt melodies and harmonies, as well as masterful duelling guitars and drums that manage to always keep the tone and pace intact without letting things get boring.


Throughout the album the musicianship and quality remains consistent, but we’re treated with a trip down every avenue of emotion with twists and turns throughout. This exploration is complimented by song lengths that don’t leave room for any meandering in the deep alcoves of melody that Emery take us to. This leads to absolutely no filler. Consistency is something that is handled with care, and the perfect pacing makes damn sure of that; nothing outstays its welcome. Hooks come and go like the wind making way for even more layers of brilliance and changes in tone. Just when you think that the sad tone of Butcher’s Mouth has dragged you down into the depths it cranks the dial back to eleven and bites back. It gets you invested, you feel for this man who has been wronged, but when the tone changes from sad to furious, you’re right there with him, pumping your fist. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride with the writer, never climbing too high without getting back into the action.

This album wastes no time stringing you along through tales of despair, spite, love, and regret accompanied by soaring vocals and melodies, reflecting each in its own respect. Right after Edge of the world leaves you with a bittersweet taste in your mouth and an adrenaline high, ISSWS brings you back down in typical rollercoaster fashion with a two part behemoth of emotion titled Dear Death. Part one begins with silky warm vocals, repetitive guitars that stay fairly monotone, and a three note piano riff to keep some semblance of life amidst the melancholy. After fittingly proclaiming “this night will be mine” in an amazing Spanish vocal performance, part two kicks the door in and onto your head (you really thought they would bitch out?). Desperation and no reservation; synth, snare, bass and all lifts you into the stratosphere with the urgency of death at your door. Right when you think the frantic tone of the song might yield a happy ending, the last chord of the major dominated song comes out minor and makes you feel about the same size. Small, sad, and helpless.

ISSWS is The Question if it were bi-polar and written by far better musicians with serious emotional turmoil (impeccable production values need no significant mention, they’re simply astounding). The melodies reach higher and swing lower, the vocals soar through the clouds in unison and lurk in the dark alone, and in three minutes it can make you laugh, cry and shake your fist in spite and anger. ISSWS is one of the best post-hardcore albums ever written, as well as one of the most infectious and consistent pieces of music ever conceived. Any doubt garnered by I’m Only a Man is quickly dismissed, and any belief that The Question would never be matched is left broken beneath the new standard that Emery has set with their new appreciation for song writing. If you’re human, if you enjoy emotionally driven lyrics and melodies that make you invested in both the stories and the musicianship, and most of all, if you enjoy post-hardcore in the slightest you owe it to yourself to check this out.


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MrxSelfxDestruct
December 20th 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If you can't tell, I like this.

I wrote this for class, so it's a little bit mechanical and bare for my taste, but I hope to get some
good feedback considering that I wrote this in an attempt to cater to someone who has no idea what I'm
talking about. I hope to get a true review up sometime soon.

None of that "first review, be gentle" nonsense, I'm a big boy.

bloc
December 20th 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

hluch
December 20th 2011



36 Comments


Esta noche sera mia. = Spanish...

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 20th 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well I just picked a whole bouquet of oopsie daisys.
Fixin shit.

[Fix'd]
Thanks for pointing that out.

mutatedfreek
December 20th 2011



7351 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wub

hluch
December 20th 2011



36 Comments


The only reason I know that is because I'm taking Spanish in school right now.

Great review though man, love this album.

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 20th 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know if you mean wub as in you wub this review, or if its because you're digging swarms
(dubstep n all that).

Both are incredibly radical options though.

And thanks, pal!

acADHDemy
December 20th 2011



1129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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MrxSelfxDestruct
December 20th 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Is that supposed to be a thumbs up?
Excuse my vast ignorance.

Eko
December 20th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah

Scoot
December 20th 2011



17482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the album of 2009!

Ending
December 20th 2011



1861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TIME RUNS OUT THE DREAM OF YOU IS DISAPPEARING

BonerAdams
December 20th 2011



64 Comments


death to this faggy christcore

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 20th 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I find lyrical themes to be pretty inconsequential when it comes to the quality of the writing, music or lyrics. Also, it would be nice if we could refrain from immature, homophobic comments, though asking that is probably a stretch.

Thanks for the input.

BonerAdams
December 21st 2011



64 Comments


I find lyrical themes to be pretty inconsequential when it comes to the quality of the writing, music or lyrics


Do you also find yourself tearing up over Patrick Swayze films?

Also, it would be nice if we could refrain from immature, homophobic comments


Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellings....Wo Wo Wo Feeeeeeeeelllingsssss........



IfYouRun
December 21st 2011



290 Comments


Good review, although you were a tad repetitive in terms of descriptive language. Love their new album so I'll check this out. Pos'd.

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 21st 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lmao, trollin.

thanks, iyr

omnipanzer
December 21st 2011



21391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

THE album of 2009.

Digging: Dead Combo - A bunch of meninos

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 21st 2011



494 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's one of my personal favorites, but it also has to compete with Part the Second, Sound Awake, and Lost Ground, which is no easy task.

Nikkolae
December 21st 2011



4389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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