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Emmure “Speaker of the Dead”

Posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at 5:15PM by Aaron Kempton
Emmure “Speaker of the Dead”Emmure
“Speaker of the Dead”

Genre: Deathcore
Label: Victory
Format: CD
Year: 2011

01. Children Of Cybertron
02. Area 64-66
03. Dogs Get Put Down
04. Demons With Ryu
05. Solar Flare Homicide
06. Eulogy Of Giants
07. Bohemian Grove
08. 4 Poisons 3 Words
09. 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

On February 15, 2011, Emmure’s latest album titled “Speaker of the Dead” was released. This album was a huge improvement over “Felony” which was released in 2009. They have won over their fans with drop tuned chugs and heavy breakdowns that allow vocalist Frankie Palmeri’s brutal lyrics to take over, and “Speaker of the Dead” not only delivered in all areas, but presented the fans with more of what they love.

For the first time, Emmure took their work to Joey Sturgis (Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans, and Woe of Tyrants) for producing. Not only did he do a phenomenal job producing the album, but mixing and mastering it as well. The overall audio quality on this album has significantly improved, as well as other key aspects within the music.

The breakdown at 1:18 in “Demons with Ryu” was when I really noticed Emmure meant business with this album. It’s like no other breakdown I have heard from them, and really makes that song stand out from the others. Maybe it’s the fact that this song is a tribute to the classic fighting game Street Fighter that I liked the most. “Round One…Fight!”

The only gripe with “Speaker of the Dead” could be that everything on this album has been done before. It lacks in creativity, and even presents a feeling of dubstep influence at times. Having said that, while they may not have presented the fans with anything new, as I mentioned before, they definitely didn’t lack in delivering more in the areas they have touched in the past. This is easily the album you present to someone if it is their first time checking out Emmure.

Speaker of the Dead” has paved the way for Emmure in twenty-eleven. There hasn’t been an album released that I have listened to more since “Beauty of the Falling” by Feed Her to the Sharks. My personal favorites on this album are “Demons with Ryu”, “Solar Flare Homicide”, and “Drug Dealer Friend.” It’s just a shame this album wasn’t released a day earlier… I have a feeling this would have made for one amazing Valentine’s Day present. Respect.

Comments (1)

  1. BritBlaze wrote:
    March 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Though I disagree about Felony because I like that record as well, I agree that this blows it out of the water. It may not be any crazy new style, but like you said, this is what works for them and makes them just blow up everywhere. Big props to Frankie, Jesse, Mark, Mike K and Mike M on this spectacular album. Hopefully, more good things to come.

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