Review Summary: A strong willed band creates a captivating debut with beautifully soaring vocals and song writing.
Emery touched me consensually at age fifteen by possessing high tempo ambient sections, exciting breakdowns, but most interestingly an exceptionally talented trio of up n' coming vocalists. Needless to say, my angsty ass was hooked right away. To be able to look at Emery from the beginning after nearly a decade is to be blown away in a humbling fashion by the high quality of song-writing.
The Weak's End is one of the best debuts for what is primarily a post-hardcore band. It is extremely consistent without the need for over-production and sets solid groundwork for the future. Each song features a youthful innocence that is quite rare to actually capture in the studio. Often they tone down their heavier influences and, as mentioned, display that stunning knack for solid song-writing structures, but there are plenty of spastic head banging segments throughout. The soaring clean vocal duets will beg for attention, however in moments a gleeful yet throttling scream could rattle through the speakers, easily catching first time listeners off guard.
Making atmospheric songs is one of Emery's best strengths, but it's easy to notice there isn't an abundance of keyboard/programming. They have so many niche's working for them, yet at the same time all of those influences manage to cohesively mesh. In turn, all the talent displayed throughout The Weak's End helps the band flourish above getting labeled into any one particular musical movement. Pretty impressive for a bunch of country boys who were willing to take risks to have a career in music. That strong will certainly ended up shining through on this debut. The weak end of this band obviously hadn't arrived yet in 2004 because this album is an emotionally unique up and down experience to be had that I know will definitely be worth investing a decade in.