Review Summary: Hell exists my friends, and this is what it sounds like
If there’s one band that will forever remain in my heart, it’s Emmure. Not because they’ve captured it like The Antlers, with soul crushing lyrics and amazing ambient atmosphere, or opened my eyes to music I would of never explored like Kanye West. No, Emmure captured my heart because they were the first band in all my years alive that gave me a literal headache listening to their album.
This is a special achievement in my opinion, one that many bands would never be able to pull off. I know people will say that “So and So gave me a headache,” but I doubt they ever meant it. Yet somehow, while listening to this album’s stream, I had a real headache about for songs in, and that, is something that will forever be a part of me.
Alright, stupid intros aside and to save you any more unnecessary reading. I’ll get straight to the point. Emmure is an awful band, I would even go as far as to say they’re one of the worst bands in the history of music. Bold claim? Yeah I know, but I think it’s a justified claim after you take a gander at any of the album’s tracks. Eternal Enemies is Metalcore at it’s worst, the album takes every single cliche and trope from the genres shelves and overstuffs it to the point that the album is beyond untolerable.
The album is an unfocused mess, every last trick the band has up it’s sleeve is shoved into each song so carelessly and uncomfortably it’s almost near impossible to understand what exactly is going on in each track without getting a headache. Every generic cliche will be shoved down your throat in the album, low tuned guitars, aggressive riffs, high pitched guitars, screaming, rapping, growling, it’s all there, and it would be far more effective if it wasn’t.
Every last bit of creativity is devoid from this album. After three tracks you will start to wonder if you’re still on the first song of the album, because every riff, every note, every drum beat, every lyric is all the same. The theme’s of the album center around something being dead or how cool Emmure is, that’s really all there is.
Rather the band isn't taking themselves seriously or are taking themselves way too seriously is a mystery to me. For one the first track of the album is literally “Bring A Gun To School” I don’t think I’ve seen anything that tasteless since Grindcore was a thing. Though sometimes, in the 45 minutes this album drags on. There are ideas and lyrics that for a few seconds before being washed away from all the gunk actually work. Of course, because they’re only there for a couple seconds before vanishing you will forget they were there in the first place and just end up hating the track all over again.
The lyrics too, if you can actually catch half of them in this hell of random strumming and screaming are an absolute joke. It could be argued they’re meant to be jokes, which begs the question on why they’re even there in the first place. There’s really nothing in the lyrics worth mentioning, as it only adds more to the headache you already have from listening to the album.
All-In-All, Eternal Enemies is an absolute nightmare. One that will leave you feeling dirty and confused before the album even reaches the twenty minute mark. Do yourself a major favor and stay as far away from this album as possible. It will save you the wasted time, trust me.
Now if you excuse me, I have an awful headache I need to get taken care of.