Slave to the Game

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Band Name Emmure
Album Name Slave to the Game
Type Album
Released date 10 April 2012
Produced by Joey Sturgis
Music StyleMetalcore
Members owning this album58

Tracklist

1. Insert Coin 00:30
2. Protoman 03:17
3. She Gave Her Heart to Deadpool 02:46
4. I Am Onslaught 03:00
5. Bison Diaries 02:44
6. Poltergeist 00:57
7. Cross Over Attack 03:14
8. Umar Dumps Dormammu 02:48
9. Blackheart Reigns 02:59
10. Mdma 03:26
11. War Begins with You 02:53
12. A.I. 03:18
Total playing time 29:12

Review @ Crinn

14 August 2012

Just another Emmure record, nothing else really needs to be said.

Yes, we all know Emmure; one of the worst and most overrated extreme metal bands of all-time. For those of you lucky ducks that have only heard the name and not the music, Emmure is a deathcore band from New York City that is known for playing generic breakdown after generic breakdown…in every song. I’m not one that likes to get into the whole Acacia Strain vs. Emmure argument because let’s face it, they both suck anyway, but both of those bands have minds smart enough to know that a huge portion of the deathcore/metalcore crowd listens to that kind of music for the breakdowns. So they put one and two together and decided to basically just play breakdowns. But of course, this has proved to be very hard to achieve, so the bands that do that (Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Dr. Acula, etc.) always have at least SOME fill and extra stuff in their songs. But they all have one thing in common, and that is that they all rely 97% on BREAKDOWNS. The basic blueprint to literally every Emmure song is your average deathcore breakdown.

Anyway, because Emmure realized that people wanted breakdowns, they had enough logic to do so. And they fucking REEK the benefits. When you look at the tours that Emmure has been on, they’ve had numerous HUGE bands OPEN for them such as Winds of Plague, Despised Icon, Veil of Maya, Attack Attack!, Alesana, blessthefall, Born of Osiris, Iwrestledabearonce, All Shall Perish, We Came as Romans, and God Forbid. But in order to do my best to avoid making this a repeat of my Speaker of the Dead review, I’m just going to jump right into this.

In my review of Speaker of the Dead, I noted that it was Emmure’s best album to date (which isn’t saying much because it still got a below-average 9/20 score). Well guess what everyone; it still is their best album to date. One thing that you may have noticed that proves truly how thoughtless and half-assed their music is are the short amounts of time it takes Emmure to come out with a new album. And the one time where they decide to take an extra year to write/record an album ended up resulting in Emmure’s best album, Speaker of the Dead. So less than a year later, Emmure releases Slave to the Game.

With the predilection that this album isn’t really going to be any different than the rest of Emmure’s discography, I was met with what is actually the best individual SONG that they’ve ever written. Not being a TOTAL hater of Emmure (I listen to them sometimes), I was actually impressed by Protoman with its energy, digital effects, variety in vocal style, tightness within the band, and the thin melodic atmosphere that the song had. Of course, the song more or less consisted of less than four chords. Here’s the problem I had (even though I ALWAYS have this problem with Emmure): of course, the song is made up of a more fast-paced and jumpy breakdown, but it’s not until they go out to play the real SLOW breakdowns that you realize that they actually didn’t create any buildup at all. Not only that, the whole drop effect in the slower breakdowns is completely missing because the guitarists don’t change pitch; they play the EXACT same chord that they were playing the whole rest of the song. So I’m here to tell you that IT IS possible to squeeze out a few drops of enjoyment from this song after you wring out the agonizingly simple structure and chord progression, the dull tone, the simple breakdowns, the annoying rapping thing the vocalist does, the themes, and the fact that it’s Emmure.

So after the obvious fluke named Protoman, the band gives you exactly what they’ve been giving you since the release of Goodbye to the Gallows in 2007. Unlike Speaker of the Dead, there aren’t really any memorable topics that this album can possibly stimulate because it’s just so boring and fucking DULL! Speaker of the Dead was a very enjoyable review to write because not only was it my first Emmure album review, but it just had so many little things to get me started on in order to finish it. Slave to the Game doesn’t have any of that except for Protoman. The pitch of the guitars aren’t quite as deep as before, but they’re even duller and more boring than ever, the drumming is devastatingly simple except for the SLIGHTLY complex (but tight) kick drumming, of course, you can’t hear the bassist, but the bass is enough to shatter your eardrums.

But even then again, the bass in this album doesn’t even compare to Speaker of the Dead. I wouldn’t recommend this album to anyone unless all they’re looking for is breakdowns. Although I don’t like Emmure in the slightest bit, I still have a TINY spark of anticipation for the day that Emmure stops re-recording the same album and actually writes some new and different material. I would give Slave to the Game a score of 6/20.

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g0regasms - 25 August 2012: You don't even have to listen to this band to hate them. All you have to do is just, look at Frankie. He's the Fred Durst of this, overwhelming genre.
JoeyDays - 15 October 2012: stupid review Emmure is on top of the game right now.
Crinn - 16 October 2012: Even after I claimed Protoman to be one of the best songs they've ever written? damn!
SeasonsMist - 11 February 2013: Emmure is great because Frankie purposely puts out the most bs lyrics but knows everything out of his ass is pure gold so he doesn't give a fuck. Slave to the Game is pretty much the worst Emmure record ever, but it has some catchy lines and I'm a sucker for breakdowns
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Review @ SeasonsMist

19 February 2013

Moving From Real Sound to Studio Effects

So I've owned this for a while and decided to give it a listen at the gym. I thought, "Maybe I'd I listen to this in the stereotypical douche setting, it will improve my opinion of it". Well it did, and what I've noticed is that Emmure is music you listen to with only secondary attention, definitely not the stuff to listen to during a sleepless night. That said, I enjoy listening to Emmure, though I understand they're garbage. This album is good for a head banging car ride or workout, but little else. The standout tracks are "Protoman", "MDMA", and "A.I.". Emmure conceptually is moving away from the real band image to a studio produced binary effects sort of trendy band.

Frankie's vocal style that includes shouting is eclectic and one of the things that gave Emmure such a huge following. Frankie's vocals are the focal point of every Emmure release, though in Slave to the Game it seems they rely too much on Frankie's vocals. They take up a big part of the mix, unlike "Goodbye to the Gallows", which contained solid musicianship throughout. The vocals sound overproduced, from the screams to the growls to the shouts, and even sound completely fake in some parts. As a funny side note, in the outro of "MDMA", all you hear is Frankie's vocals and you can tell they are edited to sound like he's recording in a huge auditorium. The lyrical content, sorry, is absolute shit, and I think after the thematic "Goodbye to the Gallows", Emmure's songwriting has gotten progressively worse. The song "A.I.", while one of the better songs here, has only a few lines of lyrics that you feel have been used at least once in every release. The vocals are overall worse than usual, though on a positive note, Frankie experiments more with the shouting and it keeps it a little more interesting than his dull screams.

The guitar work here takes a departure from the typical upbeat Djenty style and moves into the slow, creepy, atmospheric background guitar riffs that Impending Doom uses. That's the only way I can describe it and Impending Doom fans will know what I'm talking about. These creepy riffs are mostly used to give ambiance to what Frankie's message is, and sound too background like, and the studio effects are ridiculous here. The riffs that are actually "real" are all played on lower strings and blend in exactly with the ultra-low bass. The only positive of the guitar and bass combo is that the production is better, and is not completely bass like "Speaker of the Dead". The guitar work sucks.

The drumming is absolutely Emmure, nothing special whatsoever, and nothing distinguishing it from previous releases in a good way. In fact, the drum tuning is purposely overproduced and distorted, for the purpose of the guitar work- to give all the attention to Frankie's vocals. The drumming is literally something where I say no comment- it's completely generic but fits Emmure.

Overall, Emmure is moving away from real visceral Deathcore sounds to more studio produced effects and post-hardcore elements. This progression will be hated by some, loved by others, but for me it just detracts from Emmure, which although is complete garbage, had an undeniably unique image and ability to get themselves out there. For all the emphasis on Frankie's vocals, the lyrical content and vocals themselves should have had a lot more effort given, then again I feel like Frankie created Emmure as a joke and is just along for the money-making ride. This release is the new embodiment of Emmure, love it or hate it. This gets 9/20.

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