Emmure
Eternal Enemies


1.5
very poor

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
April 14th, 2014 | 252 replies | 22,765 views


Release Date: 04/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Get up” & “bounce”, because “the realest motherf*ckers in the game” are back with another obnoxious LP.

Anyone who has listened to at least two of Emmure’s previous albums probably won’t want to read a four paragraph review of their sixth LP ‘Eternal Enemies’... They just need a few questions answered to know all that they need to. So, for the benefit of the majority, here’s a quick Q&A rundown: (1) Is it the usual half an hour’s worth? Unfortunately not, since its 15 tracks clock in at 45 minutes. (2) Which of their previous albums is this most similar to? ‘Felony’. (3) Is it mostly deathcore or nu-metal? At 45 minutes, there’s room for both, but let’s just say that Fred Durst and Jonathan Davis will be bouncing proudly. (4) Has the musicianship improved? Marginally. (5) Have the lyrics improved? Hahaha. That’s a resounding “no”. (6) Do they still include a couple of tracks worth listening to? Yep, that’s probably the most frustrating thing about Emmure. (7) Is it closer to their best or worst album? It challenges ‘The Respect Issue’ and 'Felony' as their worst!

For the uninitiated, Emmure are a prolific (this is their sixth album in seven years) New York based deathcore act who are as controversial and divisive as they come. To differentiate themselves, the quintet usually instil a healthy dosage of nu-metal into their sound, with versatile front-man Frankie Palmeri handling not only all of the screams, but also the borderline rapped clean vocals. More than any other of their previous LPs, Palmeri dominates this Joey Sturgis produced record. From the album cover to the vocals, the extroverted singer is so front-and-center on ‘Eternal Enemies’, that you almost have to intentionally blank him out to hear any potential musical advancements. As has been their want over the past couple of releases, electronic embellishments and melodic guitar leads do dart in and out of most tracks, but are frustratingly overtaken by low-tuned chugging breakdowns which only serve to render the album monotonously repetitive.

About half a dozen of the tunes here fade into the background and may as well be the same song. That leaves a quartet of listenable tracks, as well as five which are downright horrendous. The latter grouping usually result as a consequence of cringe-worthy lyrics that are as obnoxious as they come. From the controversially titled opener ‘Bring a Gun to School’ (listed as ‘Untitled’ in some publications) to the horribly titled ‘Girls Don’t Like Boys, Girls Like 40s and Blunts’, there is barely a metaphor in sight. If Emmure were a start-up band, you would swear that they were a parody; so unsubtle and earnest is their targeting of rage-filled teenage males, through aggressive, hateful and misogynistic words. On ‘Girls Don’t Like Boys...’, Frankie apparently wants to “f*ck the pretty face of a f*cking slut”, while on ‘Most Hated’ he demands everyone that wants to see him fail to “eat dick”! And to top it all off, there are some cheesy Durstonian moments that will take you back to the year 2000... ‘The Hang Up’ sees Palmeri claim he is “the realest motherf*cker in the game”, while he even tells us when to “get up” and “bounce” (over record scratches) on ‘E’.

On the flip-side, lead single ‘Nemesis’ is an ok tune which should act as a baseline for Emmure to not sink below, while it is no surprise that the quintet are at their best when they try something different. Inexplicably, it is the three longest tracks here which are the highlights. ‘A Gift A Curse’ proves that the band aren’t totally incapable of some half-decent songwriting, ‘Grave Markings’ shows off their melodic leanings, while closer ‘We Were Just Kids’ includes some atmosphere, some melody, and even some – gasp – emotion (that isn’t anger)! Unfortunately, these are very much exceptions to the rule, with ‘Eternal Enemies’ ultimately being just another Emmure album that is more concerned with macho posturing and shock value than technicality and song structures. This time, it’s just a little longer and louder than before. Of course, ‘Most Hated’ suggests Palmeri & Co. don’t care what we think, as he proclaims “And you can hate me all you want coz I don’t give a $hit”. We can tell Frankie, you don’t need to spell it out for us.

Recommended Tracks: We Were Just Kids & Grave Markings.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

(8) Why do you do it to yourself Davey? F*cked if I know.

A 1.6 or 1.7 if I had those rating options.



Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



7144 Comments


We love you DaveyBoy

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Considering the things I do to myself, you better.

I just realised the 3 good songs on here are tracks 5, 10 & 15. Coincidence?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2014



19465 Comments


there's 15 tracks? christ

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Green Baron
April 14th 2014



18152 Comments


You tortured yourself davey

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emester
April 14th 2014



2032 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album genuinely hurts

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yep, 15 tracks. Then again, I think 'Speaker...' is their best LP & that also had 15 tracks. The difference being that this has a good 7 minutes total length on that album. The closest thing to an interlude here is the opener, which lasts 1.39.

You only know the half (or ninth) of it GB. I listened to their entire discography!!!

BMDrummer
April 14th 2014



4320 Comments


I heard the singles and they sounded no different from their other stuff so this must suck.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

IMO, the 2 singles are the 4th & about 8th best songs here. They weren't exactly inspired choices, that's for sure.

Gyromania
April 14th 2014



15200 Comments


realest mother fuckers in the game bahahahhahahhahahahahaahahahahahahaahahah

SnakeDelilah
April 14th 2014



5414 Comments


Should probably listen to this so I can torture myself more today.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I couldn't resist putting that in the summary gyro. And when/if you hear the way Frankie says "Get Up" & "Bounce", you'll know why they are also there.

Self-torture is good for perspective Snake.

Iamthe Nightstars
April 14th 2014



2189 Comments


Wait, are you telling me this isn't good?

emester
April 14th 2014



2032 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Limp Bizkut seem like quality music compared to this rancid anus leakage

zaruyache
April 14th 2014



5891 Comments


For the uninitiated, Emmure are a prolific (this is their sixth album in seven years)

Yeah I bet it's easy to write so many songs when you use the same notes for every riff.

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2014



1636 Comments


"I listened to their entire discography!!!"

but whyyyy???

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trilogique21
April 14th 2014



376 Comments


so we're still circlejerking about this band years later?

i mean yeah they're bad but come on

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2014



9687 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

@emester: Limp Bizkit have at least written a few decent cuts. These guys are the crust between my ass cheeks

emester
April 14th 2014



2032 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I do remember liking some of bizkuts stuff in the eighth grade but yeah fuck this band

Spec
April 14th 2014



27062 Comments


I guess it's easy to churn out fifteen songs when they're all the same amirite?



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