Obey The Brave, The Plot in You, Years From Now, The Dark Harlequin
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Boise, ID, 83702
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
There’s little to be said about Emmure that wasn’t bestowed upon them with their first release, Goodbye to the Gallows. The band has kept its patented hellbrand of unbridled metal partnered with lyrics of revenge and issues with the opposite sex. What no one expected was that for one of the heaviest bands to blast Victory Records in recent years, things were about to get a lot weightier, and that was something to get people talking again.
Just over a year after the highly successful Gallows hit shelves, the world is at the mercy of Emmure once again. It’s with an almost-unspeakable sense of volatility that the band has stormed back in a warpath full of fresh topics that didn’t get their due on the first record. This new time bomb, The Respect Issue, is making up for lost time.
While the album is not Gallows part deux, Palmeri didn’t want to stray too far from the unhinged chaos and “uncompromising, brutal honesty” of the first album and those who connected with it. Guitarists Ben Lionetti and Jesse Ketive still shred with the same furor, Joe Lionetti bashes skins in a familiar urgency, and bassist Mark Davis lays down the foundation with seasoned precision. Now, the tracks are shrouded in a crushing wet blanket that takes The Respect Issue to a darker, yet more illuminating, level of metal advancement.
Just when one has the most notorious metal live acts out of Connecticut pegged, a curveball is thrown to keep fans wanting more. The mosh-drenched anthems provide a soundtrack for the most intense, unforgettable shows ever witnessed, and has been the integral part to Emmure’s rabid fan base. “If it weren’t for the great tours we’ve done, I don’t think we would have had even a fraction of the success we’ve had,” Palmeri said of jaunts with bands such as Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, and Misery Signals.
This much-anticipated record will not only meet the expectations of those craving it, but is the kind of metal record to draw in every kind of music aficionado. The movement Emmure started with Goodbye to the Gallows will not be repeated with The Respect Issue – it will be escalated. Say you heard of them last year, because their world domination is only a breakdown away.