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Emmure: Eternal EnemiesEternal Enemies (2014)
Victory Records

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Emmure's new full-length Eternal Enemies has come under a lot of media fire, especially for an album that sounds like a continuation of the nu-metal/rap rock bands that were big in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The perfect example of this comparison is the song "Nemesis." The guitars are loud and .
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Emmure's new full-length Eternal Enemies has come under a lot of media fire, especially for an album that sounds like a continuation of the nu-metal/rap rock bands that were big in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The perfect example of this comparison is the song "Nemesis." The guitars are loud and heavy and the drums are insanely fast, all fairly good parts of the song until we get to the vocals. The vocalist takes it upon himself to perform three very different parts. First, he sings the deep roar-like vocals that a lot of death metal bands typically use and then he switches screaming. The third kind of vocals he performs is a sort of "talking" during the breakdown of the song and to be quite frank it's a little reminiscent of "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit (there are even record scratching sound effects in the song "E"). The switching between three kinds of vocals is very distracting to listen to. And this goes on for the majority of the album. Also, though the guitars are really heavy and extremely distorted, it's hard to tell the difference between guitar riff in one song from another. Musically, nothing is really that outstandingly original. The same goes for the lyrics, like in the song "Most Hated," where the beginning lyrics are: "This is what I'm all about/No regrets, no fuckin' doubts/ So you better watch your fuckin' mouth/Before I put you on the fuckin' ground…BITCH!"

Now let's address the legal action that has been associated with this record. In short, Emmure was being threatened with a lawsuit by their former guitarist if the band didn't change the name of the first song of Eternal Enemies, which was called "Bring a Gun to School." They have since changed the title of this track to "Untitled."

First of all, its not much of song, its more of an introduction to the whole album. It's only one minute and forty seconds long and the first forty or so seconds is just the guitar playing a note or two that continuously change pitch and there are recordings of people panicking on the phone with what I assume to be police phone operators. After the forty or so seconds of what seems to just be chaotic audio ends, in comes the rest of the band and the vocals, with lyrics that include: "Holy fuckin' shit/I'm having too much fun/ Killing everyone." Real original, no?

Is this song in good taste? No. Is it trying to be shocking? Yes. But doesn't punk rock and music in general always try to spark reaction out of the audience? The public, President George H.W. Bush and the neo-fascist/anti-free speech group the P.M.R.C. were absolutely outraged over Body Count's now-classic "Cop Killer." How can anyone in the punk community forget that Sid Vicious would wear a t-shirt with a swastika on it? Or Leftover Crack's song "Rock the 40 Oz?" Not only is that song about the Columbine shooting and recorded just a short time after the tragedy, but even the music video shows upside down American flags and the blowing up of New York (granted, it was shot and recorded pre-9/11).

Do you see the hypocrisy here? I don't advocate killing or any of the other looked down upon/illegal behavior that I've mentioned, but to threaten a band that you aren't even in anymore with a lawsuit over the title of a song that's supposed to be shocking in the first place? Really?! What ever happened to "The Filth and the Fury!"?

And by the way, changing the name to "Untitled" won't really do much. Because of this controversy, everyone knows what the name of the track is supposed to or was supposed to be. Congratulations, nothing has been accomplished!

 

 
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chiefsosa (May 20, 2014)

Apparently not one of you has any real taste in music, a fan of emmure, or any education because it was painful reading your attempts at bad reviews. I get it they try a lil to hard but talent wise this is better then anything else listed, rated and discussed on this sad little webpage. Ive enjoyed emmure since the beginning and while this album is no goodbye to the gallows i find it enthralling that they can keep the same sound and energy without a sign of slowing down. the past couple years I've noticed the majority of the bands in this genre of music completely fell off talent wise or they attempted to make there band into something its not. emmure isn't trying to impress anyone and couldn't care less about there image. My two cents i think this albums great because at the very least his vocal range and relentless screams haven't changed. Its still the same angry music I've grown to love. you disagree pull up

lmchc (May 2, 2014)

Can someone please name their band Handjobs for Houseshows?

misterspike (April 16, 2014)

Words cannot express how much respect I have for you actually sitting, listening, and writing about this. You are a better man than I.

mattramone (April 16, 2014)

Bring a gun to this review

Jonny0110 (April 16, 2014)

I'm glad the writer got the review out of the way early so they could concentrate on getting on their soapbox.

thisrespirator (April 16, 2014)

Body Count was worse than Emmure is.

Johnathon1069 (April 16, 2014)

Comparing this band to Body Count is like comparing a thirteen year old who just realized mom and dad aren't around to stop them from cussing to someone who used the word "fuck" to add emphasis to a well thought out speech. You're grasping at straws trying to create a significance that just isn't there.

obxmotorbike (April 16, 2014)

band who will do ANYTHING to stay relevant... ANYTHING... ... I heard they are offering handjobs for houseshows.

shtinkNUG (April 16, 2014)

Cool. I bet this is sooooooooo kewl to the scene. I love me some LOC though, but that's prob because I got into them when i was 13. nomoredonutshops.

notfeelingcreative (April 16, 2014)

So to support you're argument that punk is a supposed to be controversial and shocking you cite: a gangster rapper's metal project, and two bands whose sole purpose was to piss people off?

ShyGuyHC (April 16, 2014)

Great album. Love the Recon and Bury Your Dead flavor. Frank's back as well.

davebrave4 (April 16, 2014)

Sounds like this band's headed the same way as that Falling in Reverse toolbag. No surprises there. I never would have considered listening to this album normally, but now I kind of want to hear a song or two just to see if it really is as awful as it sounds.

As for the "untitled track," it sounds fucking stupid, regardless of what it's called. If the singer douche (is that the dude Eazy has a crush on?) really gave a shit, he'd want it gone altogether instead of re-named. Not that anything from this band is worth getting the least bit worked up about.

coldwaraaron (April 15, 2014)

Can we replace the original review with eazyd's?

keithybobeefy (April 15, 2014)

eazyd2, rumor has it that if you look at the cover and flip the lights on and off while chanting the first song's lyrics the scarf falls from the face.

eazyd2 (April 15, 2014)

i bought this album but couldnt get past those piercing green eyes on the cover. still havent listened to the music - all i hear when i pick this up are those piercing green eyes whispering "baby imma take this scarf of my mouth for you and i want you to enter me' and im all yes piercing green eyes take me in you take it all" then i cum on piercing green eyes and then put him down until the next time and go listen to some foo fighters

keithybobeefy (April 15, 2014)

I'm all for free speech (really, say anything you want to). And for people trying to shut down free speech, they suck but they have the freedom of speech to be against speech they don't like. So you can't tell them to not say anything if you're really for free speech.

Also, I have no clue what this band sounds like and I've never heard of them until I read this so I can't comment on their music, though the opening lyrics are awful.

And yes punk has it's shocking elements, but Sid Vicious was "shocking" because he absolutely no talent. He was just a tool. Same goes for the people like GG Allen. Just a scumbag.

GuiltyofBeingMike (April 15, 2014)

Wasn't the guy on the cover the bad guy in the first Iron Man?

frank460 (April 15, 2014)

This isn't a review. This is commentary.

Dante3000 (April 15, 2014)

So one paragraph of a review and three taking some moral high ground on people who didn't like a song title. Okay.

johngentile (April 15, 2014)

That was a great sentence

wallofyouth (April 15, 2014)

I know submission guidelines would not allow for it, but this whole review should have been just the last sentence:

"Congratulations, nothing has been accomplished!"

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