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Black Earth Tiger [CD]

Emanuel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vagrant/Hassle
  • ASIN: B000QGE7IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whiteflag
2. Cottonmouth
3. Anathamatics
4. My Antapex
5. Scenotaph
6. Phobos
7. Abandonment Star
8. Let Them Die
9. Year of the Pig
10. Forever
11. Whiteflag (Reprise)

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Emanuel - Black Earth Tiger

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emanuel - Black Earth Tiger 2 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having heard there song on Burnout Legends on the PSP I couldn't get enough of Emanuel, and so while trudging around Sheffield mall I spotted this little gem! I of course bought it straight away along with an Academy Is... CD but once I got it back home and stuck it on the old PC I found it a bit more Gothic/Heavy than I had anticipated, Now I'm not saying it's a bad album in fact I like it, but I'd prefer more songs like The Hey Man. Overall though I think it'll take a bit of getting used to but after that it'll remain in my favourites pile

-Linus
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fang Shui 28 Aug 2007
By Luke Rounda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With a title variously described as sounding like a Mortal Kombat finishing move, a pose Jet Li might strike, or a post-apocalyptic robot terminator shaped like a feral cat, the press kit for "Black Earth Tiger" stresses one thing above all others: this ain't your daddy's Emanuel, apparently. Much like Mr. Hyde turning into Dr. Jekyll, they are now "experimental." One almost gets the feeling that Emanuel wants this to be their White Pony -- migrating like the Deftones from a straight riff-rock/metal sound into something slightly more cerebral and rewarding, yet still heavy -- but until they start selling eight different versions of "Black Earth Tiger" in different colors, they're only part of the way there. Still, everyone has to make a record about the end of their world, and this is Emanuel's. And, thankfully, it's a pretty damn solid one.

True to form, opener "Whiteflag" is initially quiet as it stews like Godspeed! You Black Emperor after losing their string section to radiation poisoning, then fires up into more standard "doom rock" fare, with throaty, booming, downtuned guitar chords sustaining under Matt Breen's wailing "the end is near." This brings us to "Cottonmouth," with familiar Emanuel tricks showing up in full force, but with added techniques like droning, bent guitar leads, and harmonized screaming to usher in each chorus.

"Anathamatics" sees the band busting out an octave pedal along with whatever dictionary they were using when they came up with a few of the titles on the album. As CKY fans might already have guessed, the song is instantly groovable, destined to become a mosh pit classic at live shows.

The clear winner among the pack, though, as far as living up to the promises of the press kit, is surely "Phobos," which begins with a truly space rock, "fried electronics" guitar collage, and quickly turns around into simultaneously one of the catchiest and headbangingest tracks on the entire record, topped in accessibility by only "Let Them Die," a poppy, head-nodding bubblegum metal song about pulling the plug on your friends.

After this, the record tends to be a bit dronier than necessary, but finishes strong with a 'reprise,' extended version of "Whiteflag," which, while also drony, closes out the record nicely in much the same way that "Pink Maggot" lands the quietus on White Pony.

After a listen or three, it's hard to hear much that has changed from 2005's Soundtrack to a Headrush aside from a diminished emphasis on vocal hooks and more attention paid to guitar effects, layering, and texture. But the old Emanuel was a godsend in the face of more generic, blandized metalcore, and overall, "Black Earth Tiger" delivers more of the same spitfire punk-metal aggression as "Soundtrack to a Headrush."
5.0 out of 5 stars the real deal hollyfield! 14 Sep 2007
By Matthew Farkash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fans of soundtrack to a headrush prepare to choose a side.

One side will be the fans that loved make tonight and the hey man and want a more pop oriented rock band then a band that would prefer deftones over fall out boy

Another side (my side haha) will embrace the new emanuel with open arms and see this album as a masterpiece and will support emanuel.

Black earth tiger is a album that while deals with the same angst as its debut (friends,drugs,ect.) It has a underlined theme of "this is the end of the world". The album opens with the song "white flag" its a intro that gives you insight to what is coming. Then "cottonmouth" comes on and rips you a new one. The song is both about drugs and at the same time a metaphor for romance. Other songs such as "my antapex" and "let them die" is songs that will make the "we love make tonight by emanuel!" fans happy and both songs are even better than the popular track from headrush. Other tracks such as "scenotaph" and "abandonment star" are raw and obvious to what bands inspired them (deftones,smashing pumpkins,ect). Bottom line is that this band could have done what most bands do and make a soundtrack pt. 2 and make all the fans happy but they choose to be a real rock band instead of your average scene screamo band and I appreciate them for that. Besides the nice transition to full rock they all stepped up their game. Matt breen the vocalist isn't just screaming anymore he's throwing his voice out! The man screams like the world is coming to an end when he isn't singing or crooning over choruses. And the guitars are lovely as well.

So do I have any problems with the album? Well of course no album is perfect. I do wish more tracks was on the album. I do wish they had more songs like "phobos" and some songs take a coupple listens to take a liking to but once you learn how great the songs are you will find yourself blown away.

God bless emanuel and their integrity.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like they've done it again 17 Sep 2007
By Matt Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I loved soundtrack to a headrush, and emanuel is the best band to see live. The last time i saw them, they played a bunch of their new songs before the cd came out, and took the time to personally introduce themselves to me and chat with me about how sweet the new cd is, etc. So when I finally got my hands on it after it came out, I was blown away. Finally a band that can make a second album without messing it up. They didn't lose their edge or attitude, but they still managed to create a different experience. The aggressiveness and screaming is all used appropriately, and tastefully, which I can definitely appreciate. This band is dedicated to making good music, and they treat their fans so well. They just mailed me a poster and a bunch of "Black Earth Tiger" post cards, which was super nice of them. Emanuel rules, listen to this cd.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome 26 May 2008
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Emanuel is pretty awesome. Most songs on this CD are pretty sweet. They know how to write music.
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