Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Back with a vengeance? Not quite...
on 18 August 2009
The general consensus amongst anyone familiar with Emmure is that with each release they've taken a minor dip in quality. After a crushing first EP and an equally enjoyable début album in 'Goodbye To The Gallows', last year's 'The Respect Issue', whilst still enjoyable and punchy, sounded exceptionally similar and was at times quite dull.
In the last few months the band has lost two of its founding members in Ben and Joe Lionetti, guitarist and drummer respectively. Losing such a necessary musical backbone would normally put an end to most acts but nevertheless, Emmure have soldiered on and produced 'Felony' - the result of two new recruits and what appears to have been a very brief writing period.
Straight off the bat all the usual Emmure elements are in place, with only a couple of brief glimpses at experimentation and a willingness to try and evolve their sound. Occasionally passages of clean vocals appear which may unnerve long-term fans and the odd nu-metal riff strangely recalls Roadrunner's roster around the turn of the century.
The single 'Bars In Astoria', predictably one of the stronger tracks, is one example of this - but it's still backed up by the usual schizophrenic, incomprehensible vocals from frontman Frankie Palmetti and has the repetitive, gravity-defying breakdowns that brought the band to most people's attention.
A blatant disregard for actual song structure runs throughout the record, and at times everything seems to blur into a nondescript barrage of chugging and over-production, but for the most part 'Felony' is relatively enjoyable.
Emmure aren't going to win prizes for their musicianship and nor does it seem that they wish to - indeed, it's simplistic but entirely effective, and exactly the type of music that is most rewarding when you sit back and just switch your brain off for half an hour. It may have all the depth of a puddle but if you're into this particular brand of heavy, you're guaranteed to get some fun from it.