EMMURE - Goodbye To The Gallows

Emmure - Goodbye To The Gallows

10 songs
29:34 minutes
***** *


Emmure's album Goodbye To The Gallows is difficult to describe. It could be seen as just another metal core album, but the music contains more diverse influences like death metal, noise, emo and a lot of bizarre sound samples. The music is anything but monotonous. There are a lot of breaks in the songs. The opener A Ticket For The Paralyzer has a doomy start before turning into something really brutal. Rusted Over Wet Dreams is an unusual fight between old school hardcore and more melodic metal. Even more extreme is You Got A Henna Tattoo That Said Forever which is a merciless confrontation between psychopathic metal with Linkin Park melodies. Unfortunately these radical contrasts are only rarely working in a harmonic way. The two only better tracks are the desperate sounding When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, which has great shrieking guitars, and the last song When Everything Goes Wrong, Take The Easy Way Out which mixes psychotic, doom and electro parts in an weird way. But in general, all those breaks seem to be calculated in a mathematical way, there's no real soul behind their music. The technical skills of the band are flawless, but the songs suffer from a patchwork effect. The vocalist is doing a good job with his melodic and clean parts, but the screams and grunts are too often sounding more or less the same and therefore annoy.

The concept behind Goodbye To The Gallows surely isn't uninteresting, but the realisation probably hasn't fulfilled the expectations. Furthermore, the album isn't long enough to be sold at a regular price. And I don't see the sense in an electro drum hidden bonus track or in a two minute white noise song. Emmure definitely need more imagination for their second CD.

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