Emmure - Look at Yourself
Emmure is that band that everyone has a love and hate relationship with that's massively divided by the metal community similar to Attila. Last year it was announced that the band had lost every single member of the band, besides Frankie Palmeri. Surprisingly some fans thought the instrumental members would be hard to replace or to top, considering all they do is drop the tuning of their guitars to E and play the same chord over and over again until the next song which they repeat the cycle with a different chord and a differently timed blast beat. Once Emmure landed back on its feet and Palmeri found people to replace the older members, they signed to Sharptone Records (Attila, Currents, Miss May I, and Loathe) and announced that they were going to be releasing an album in early 2017 titled Look at Yourself. It was officially released upon the world on the third of March, making it one of, if not, the first metal albums of this month. Singles like “Russian Hotel Aftermath” and “Flag of the Beast” were receiving critical acclaim from reviewers and fans alike seeing as it sounded much more polished and seemed to be returning to their more respected Felony sound.
Look at Yourself kinda speaks for itself leaving you looking yourself in the mirror surprised you made it through the whole album, sure it has its highlights because who doesn’t love the really heavy nothingness of generic deathcore? Everyone has a sweet spot in their hearts for songs like “Ice Man Confessions” and “Smokey” disregarding the lack of creativity and glancing into the heart of the just flat out destruction of the chugs. Fans of Emmure, will with no doubt have a different feeling about this album than this review, but other than a few tracks here and there and moments found at random parts of the record, this record doesn’t really fall much higher above the new Suicide Silence which is damn unfortunate.
Looking on the brighter side of things, Palmeri sounds much more well put together than he did on Eternal Enemies making the record a lot better than that garbage that was described as a record. There are a few standouts in this record and one of those is Josh Miller’s performance throughout, providing that insane amount of kick pedal on those drums which you can see beyond a doubt throughout the record. I would recommend taking a look for yourself at Look at Yourself to get a full grasp of this record, because for some (myself included) this record is just stupid heavy and meaningless. It’s cool to see this band still kicking around and proving some of the forbidden facts about metal, such as you don’t have to be creative to have people fall in love with your music and praise the band.
- Dakota G.