Look At Yourself represents a coming of age for Emmure, a new chapter in an aggressive autobiography that stretches back to the band’s very first album, released when Frankie Palmeri was barely out of his teens. It’s infused with a brutal self-examination and observation, balancing hate, bile and perseverance, with the tempered experience of a life spent in pursuit of self-reliance and respect, from within and without. It’s expressed in a crushing cacophony of riffs that never fail to super-serve the forward-motion groove of Emmure.
Like the firebrand rabble-rousers from the gritty streets of New York’s hardcore and hip-hop scenes who came before them, Emmure’s confrontational music will captivate and sometimes even elevate listeners without sacrificing authenticity. Emmure are students of the mind-blowing percussive chaos of Slipknot, the hard-won personalized musical struggle at the heart of Korn, and the angry pop-crossover confidence of Limp Bizkit.
Emmure initially burst onto the heavy music landscape with a trio of banger albums released in quick succession over as many years: Goodbye to the Gallows (2007), The Respect Issue (2008), and Felony (2009). At a ridiculously impressive breakneck pace, Emmure built a celebrated catalog, rounded out in quick succession by Speaker of the Dead (2011), Slave to the Game (2012), and Eternal Enemies (2014). Look At Yourself offers a bold look toward the future, even as it takes stock of the past and present.