Emmure, Felony (Victory)
Nu-Metal vs Death-Core? Slipknot vs. Suicide Silence? It was bound to happen and these CT bruisers nailed it first:. Whilst the Victory sticker on the shrink-wrap promises some general bowel-loosening, “heaviest band ever” kinda stuff, Felony is a bit more than what you’d expect from a band who offers up official Emmure boxing gloves in their online merch store. The biggest surprise comes on opener “Sunday Bacon” when front-growler Frankie gives it his best Jonathan Davis channeling Howard Jones. Riffs d-drop like so many suckas, sending hipsters running and “the kids” into a karate-kicking bliss. It’s easy to see why this bunch continues to gain ground so quicky – and it ain’t with their good looks. The title track eerily echoes the first Slipknot record whilst “You Sunk My Battleship” makes all that seem quite polite. Emmure is an easy bunch to write off as the latest sports-metal superstars. Yet, all things being cyclical, they may be hip to the 90’s revival without even knowing it. If Felony smacks of the Nu, make that Nookie-free.