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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.
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on 26 August 2009
Loved 'Goodbye to the Gallows' but wasnt bowled over with their last effort 'The respect Issue'. This album however really sounds like a band who have found their groove. This album is full of monsterous head nodding riffs and plenty of 'Emmure style' catchy vocal licks. The production has certainly been beefed up a bit too compared to their last CD. Great album, im sure it will come across really well live also.
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on 8 October 2010
Emmure are without a doubt a unique band. Their first album, GTTG, was a very good, even innovative attempt at reinventing the whole deathcore thing, but still recycled a lot of old ideas from other bands. Felony, I'm glad to say, is something completely new (I'm not counting the Respect Issue- even Frankie Palmeri is quoted as saying it was a bad idea). There's less emphasis on sounding heavy and more on sounding like the inner thoughts of a deranged psychopath. Dissonant chords and odd time signatures galore as Emmure turn a lot darker without going heavier as such. The lyrics are, as always, not something you'd want your grandparents to read ("Your screams are music to my ears" accompanied by tortured sounds of agony) but then, this is still deathcore, just about. They haven't completely lost their old sound, though, as there are still plenty of breakdowns etc to keep the fans of their earlier music interested. So definitely take a good listen to Felony before you buy it, but it really is something to consider getting.
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on 11 June 2010
This album is amazing! Emmure offer something new to the whole hardcore beatdown scene. In this album they have homed their art. As with many of this type of band, the early releases lean more to noise than comprehensible music, in Felony the balance is perfect. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 19 August 2009
I wouldn't really rate Emmure's previous work, it just doesn't seem what i'd call music. This album has some real power to it though, better riffs and some thought put into it, rather than the screamy rubbish they have provided before.
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on 3 May 2012
Got my cd, all in one piece, and in the correct amount of time, good service, well happy, with the purchase and the service:D
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