Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Album cover
Deathcore, Metalcore, Suckcore
Victory Records
Emmure
Speaker of the Dead
Emmure - Speaker of the Dead Review rating:
1
User rating:
Average: 3.9 (75 votes)

Emmure is definitely one of the more polarizing acts in metal whose reputation precedes them; you are either a “bro” with no sense of rhythm or understanding of musical complexity who really just wants to mosh and be furious with little or no justification, or you are not. The simplicity of the dichotomy really does just come to that. With Speaker of the Dead, the fitted-cap wearing band takes beating a dead horse to a level that is just painful. Throughout their discography, Emmure has managed to stick to their true sound, displaying originality and increasing technical prowess with each release (sarcasm added). Now they confirm that three bad turns deserve another, and continue beating their horse - along with anything else in range.

The saddest thing is that this review will do almost nothing to undo one of the biggest failures in metal, because Emmure fans won’t read this review. I guarantee it. Bros will continue to blare the chug-chug-chug while throwing down, and real metalheads will continue to laugh in their faces. And the band seems hopelessly doomed to stay the same; upon the addition of a new drummer and guitarist, all the creativity and influence that they could have brought to the table was ignored, and in favor of what? You guessed it – more chugging and breakdowns.

The album starts and ends in the same way, with incessant focus on frets 1 and 0. In fact, the 13 songs in between (which, dare I say is a lot of songs for a metal album) are plagued with the same disease. There are one or two interesting points, but it’s otherwise as predictable as Frankie’s whining about his ex, which is eventually heard in “Drug Dealer Friend” (“I want to watch you suck his dick/I know you f*cking love it”), done in his usual rap-scream style also heard throughout the record.

Just in case there are those who are not persuaded, let me restate that breakdowns almost ALWAYS ruin a metal album when there are too many of them, because they are not meant to carry the weight of a song, much less an entire album. It’s like making an ice cream sundae completely out of whipped cream and cherries, or pigging out from a jar of peanut butter; like food, it’s possible to devolve into a complete desensitization of sound and lose both flavor and appetite for more. On this release, the breakdowns and boring riffs make even the most bland, generic metal sound appealing, despite the revamped lineup.

It is, however, the one or two interesting points alluded to before that keep me from completely throwing this album out as a failure. There are some songs where Emmure make a good attempt at a decent sounding song. The slower track “Last Words to Rose” (not ‘slow’ in that it is characterized by slow breakdowns, either) is a nice break in the album’s tiring groove. Empty lyrics about fighting and revenge aside, some songs are religiously curious, like “Cries of Credo” and “A Voice From Below”. If nothing else, the band’s songwriting has partially moved away from the needlessly angry and into the introspective, talking about God, and about death. Joey Sturgis does yet another wonder in producing this album, delivering a crunchy and crisp sound. Compared to their previous works, this is Emmure at their best.

Beyond this, all optimistic hopes about this album stop. Some electronic nuances are thrown in throughout, which for all their smoke and mirrors just seem to be a cry of desperation for a band that, lacking the skill, had nowhere else to go. It seems that there is some kind of Transformers homage continuing as well (the opening track “Children of Cybertron” following up “Sound Wave Superior”), which really is just another annoying gimmick on the side. There are one or two interesting riffs (Tracks “Solar Flare Homicide” or “Bohemian Grove” are comparably decent), but otherwise it’s a long, dull road from start to finish, and it is hardly excusable as a good metal album with a clear message and feel.

Overall, Speaker of the Dead is an improvement from Felony, but hardly. Long-time fans will definitely see it as a return to form and won’t be disappointed, but otherwise, unless you enjoy hearing 38 minutes of dissonant chords, don’t expect anything great from Emmure this time around. And if you know anything at all about Emmure, you probably won’t anyway.

1. Children of Cybertron
2. Area 64-66
3. Dogs Get Put Down
4. Demons With Ryu
5. Solar Flare Homicide
6. Eulogy of Giants
7. Bohemian Grove
8. 4 Poisons 3 Words
9. Cries of Credo
10. Last Words to Rose
11. A Voice From Below
12. Drug Dealer Friend
13. My Name Is Thanos
14. Lights Bring Salvation
15. Word Of Intulo

Emmure formed in 2003. The founding members, Ben and Joe Lionetti met Frank Pamerei and Jesse Ketive on the internet and began rehearsals together. Mark Davis would later join when the original Bass player had to leave as the tour schedule Ben designed was too intense. Many have compared Emmure to The Acacia Strain and From a Second Story Window.

Jesse Ketive is a former member of the band Warfix, where he played guitar alongside Bryan Goldsman of Southside Panic, Sean Murphy & Mike Kaabe formerly of Endwell.

... read more

Comments

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Hahahaha, Emmure.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Lol the author of this article doesn't like this but lists Attack Attack as a favorite in his profile.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Study composition principles and see if pacquiao vs bradley can do an abstract painting based on the idea of one of those principles rather than on a specific subject.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Haha, this band is a joke.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Hey cockstain, Emmure is not a fucking metal band, they are a hardcore band. Suck a dick.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Dont care if they are metal or hardcore they still suck and they are faggots. Apparently Frankie likes watching people suck dicks that aren't his. What a joke.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

suckcore? that may be a bit much just saying but i did agree with some parts of the review.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

To be honest, I have never been an Emmure fan since this album.
I couldn't stand Felony and their previous efforts before that, just bore me.
SOTD however is really enjoyable and just a record you can listen to easily, it isn't anything new but I do think Emmure have harnessed their sound and it definitely shows.
Its just fun!

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Look at me, I want to be part of Pitchfork.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

That's cool.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Emmure fans are reading this, obviously. You must be some kinda stuck up to generalize and guarantee the behavior of others. When your band comes out with a better album, tell me.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

It isn't a matter of being stuck up, it's studying demographics. The majority of Emmure fans are the archetypal hot-headed Tap Out fratboy mentioned in the review, and so while some fans will read this (and continue to ignore reasonable advice), many many others won't.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Okay, first off, Emmure is not a band who focus's on their musical prowess. They don't come out on stage and say they need to play a perfect show. They come out with one goal: Making everyone in the audience lose their minds and beat the shit out of each other. Second off, if you honestly think breakdowns ruin a metal album, you can just straight up get out from under your musical rock. Metal bands are not here to play a perfect show, make a perfect album, or get the good graces of douchebag writers like you who have no idea who the fuck their talking about. Listen to their album Goodbye to the Gallows and Felony before you judge this album. Cuz i think it's kick-ass and i love it. And with no respect at all dude, im skinny as fuck, i fuckin hate tapout, and frats are for people who like partying with dicks in their ass. Fuck that, fuck you, and if you honestly dont like this album, shove it up your ass dude cuz you'll prolly get more pleasure from that then listening to it, obviously we can all see that from this bullshit review.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

So you admit emmure sucks?

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

I have listened to every album Emmure has put out (for both review and personal purposes) and they are still not worth my time, and I LOVE breakdowns. I think it is funny people are so bent out of shape over this review.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

I agree with you on one point; Emmure certainly isn't focusing on musical prowess. They aren't focusing on anything musical, really. You said it best: they just want to incite violence. That's not what music should be about, ever. While I understand why a band may focus on anger, and while I love a good mosh pit, there has to be an overarching purpose behind it. Anger for the sake of anger is idiocy. Unless you think Frankie is still bitter over his ex, which just makes this situation even more pathetic.

And please learn to read carefully. Breakdowns in excess are what kill a metal album; they display poor musicianship, unoriginality, and utter carelessness when songwriting. So pardon me, but if you've looked at the music industry recently, metal bands SHOULD be out to do their best when making music or performing, not just to shepherd a mindless mob of testosterone.

Finally, I have listened to Felony and Goodbye to the Gallows before, in the hopes that this album would be better, and it isn't. There is an anonymous quote: "For those who believe, no explanation is needed. For those who do not, no amount of explanation will do." So while you may not change your mind (nor I mine), I feel that my above points should speak for themselves.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Frankie has made it quite clear that Drug Dealer Friend is not about a female at all but rather a person addicted to drugs and dealing with it...hence the title. Perhaps you should get the facts before spouting off and making things up. I feel that in some ways you gave an honest review of this album from YOUR perspective, however I feel that you should NOT be reviewing *core albums, since your disdain for the genre and scene is quite clear.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

That quote is not anonymous. It was said by Joseph Dunninger, an American magician.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Dunninger.

And I like Emmure. Dunno why, cos I know the music is pretty dumb. But not all music has to be a deep and meaningful. Sometimes you just want something you can bounce up and down to, like Emmure or Limp Bizkit or A Day To Remember. Just music to boogie to.

Oh yeah, and I'm not a frat boy, I'm a 25 year old British accountant, with a long term girlfriend and a house cat. Guess I really don't fit your insightful stereotype.

Peace

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

The failure in this album is that it tried (and very hard I might add) at being mature and meaningful, but failed miserably. There are a lot of references to religion and topics that they previously left untouched, but their attitude towards those topics can't be taken seriously, nor can anyone derive any real meaning from it. You want a good example of hardcore gone mature? Bring Me the Horizon's There is a Hell... is miles better than this, because it is both musically and lyrically intriguing.

And again, the frat boy thing is an overgeneralized joke, clearly not every Emmure fan is of that persuasion.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Reading all your comments i could see that you all probaly dont like this type of music -.-
Some people do though and some people dont. i am an emmure fan and i can see all your points you have made... the albums havent been perfect compared to others and there lyrics are a bit.. extreame. Emmure is a band you either naturaly like or naturly dont, so if you cant see it others can

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

the above could very well go down as the most level-headed post in this thread.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Wow how mature...well no...You are a bunch of idiot for not respecting the musical taste of other person.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

I think it is hilarious that the little sticker on this album compares them to The Acacia Strain.

That being said, TAS > Emmure.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

This album is for people who like their songs to be 99% breakdowns. If that's not what you like then it isn't for you. If that is what you like then you will find this album amazing. There's no right or wrong, just different styles. This article's author is mistaking his personal preference for an objective standard of "good".

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

could have happened because reviews are, you know, subjective...

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Hahahahahaha

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

It doesn't matter who this album is for, just because it pleases people with a lust for repetitive breakdowns does not mean it is passable as a quality album. I have a standard of good that is indeed different than most Emmure fans; part of that standard involves using more than one chord for the majority of the album.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

Of course that's what it means to be a quality album ... *to those people*. Do you think every album was made just to please your particular standards? Of course not. So of course it matters who the intended audience is.

For example, take whatever your favorite album is, and suppose Celine Dion just put it out. What would all of her reviewers say? They would tear it apart and call it crap. Does that mean that album is really crap?

Emmure is not trying to do all those unspecific but nice sounding buzz words, like be "original, innovative, or unique". They are honing their skills at exactly one style and right now they are the best in the world at it. It's completely fine if you don't like that style. But if you did like it and then you thought it was a bad album, your review would mean something.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

The fact that you are a 19 or 20 year old who stereotypes an entire fanbase makes this review invalid. A good reviewer knows that to stereotype anything without doing research and rely on personal opinions is to be ignorant in the reviewing process. The fact that you are ignorant makes this review very child-like and immature, just like its author.
I am a non-violent person who listens to every style of music, including hardcore and metal. I am attending Newberry College and hold a 3.92 GPA and I do not wear TAPOUT shirts. In stereotyping me you have effectively proven yourself worthless and unintelligent as a reviewer and ignorant as a person. Also, by production standards (i.e. the standard at which most judge albums by) SOTD is a quality album.

Re: Emmure - Speaker of the Dead

tl;dr

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.

Did You Know?

Batman
Batman says... "Manchester Orchestra member Christopher Freeman is an avid fan of Gossip Girls."

Recent Interviews

ARIA
ARIA
Tue, September 06, 2011
A Common Year
A Common Year
Thu, September 01, 2011
Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
Mon, August 22, 2011
Blessthefall
Blessthefall
Tue, August 09, 2011
Stray From the Path
Stray From the Path
Thu, August 04, 2011
The Summer Set
The Summer Set
Wed, July 27, 2011
Psychic Babble
Psychic Babble
Tue, June 28, 2011
Touche Amore
Touche Amore
Fri, June 24, 2011
August Burns Red
August Burns Red
Tue, June 21, 2011
Nocturnal Me
Nocturnal Me
Mon, June 13, 2011

User login

Powered by Drupal. Eco-friendly hosting provided by Site5 LLC.
All content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons License .