"Goodbye to the Gallows" (Victory; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Emmure is a volatile East Coast metalcore quintet whose ten track debut, "Goodbye to the Gallows," dexterously meshes numerous strains of heavy together to make their distinctly savage wall of sound. 

You'll hear bits and pieces of Every Time I Die, Carcass, A Life Once Lost, Bury Your Dead, Meshuggah and Killswitch Engage unified with a tough guy hardcore coating and death metal bravado across this entire disc, tailor-made for the shirtless kids in the pit to collide into by. 

This 30-minute meal is being haughtily touted as "the heaviest disc of 2007" and, while its massive heft does make a significant impact on your cranium, some of the innocuous and formulaic song structures and lyrical content deny them that lofty title. Nonetheless, these boys crank, and have the guts to mix it up with a lot more demonic firepower than your average metalcore clan, earning "Goodbye to the Gallows" some blackened brownie points. 

Horns up and guard on, Emmure's a band looking to brawl. 

For more information, check out http://www.emmure.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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