Sound — 6
Emmure sound like every other core band out there, a lot of the album consists of chug chug breakdowns which you will soon get tired off after the 2nd or 3rd song. There are a few high points on the album such as 'Chicago Finest' and 'Rough Justice' but this is a real let down compared to 'Goodbye To the Gallows'. Most of the guitar work on the album is pretty simple except for the odd section, but this is not what the band is about. They make music to mosh to and they do a great job at it. On the other hand, their vocalist Frank has some brutal screams. As well, the clean vocals have a weird twist to them which is the only thing that sets them apart from other deathcore/metalcore bands. Even though this band sounds like many other bands, they have potential to move away from generic -core and make some good music.
Lyrics — 6
I haven't read over the lyrics in great detail but after having a quick skip through there are some amusing moments, f--k her like I never could, f--k Her Doggy Style First - it's quite obvious that the lyrics were written along with the playing. Frank has a great scream which can be compared with bands like The Acacia Strain and All Shall Perish. Another thing I liked was the song titles, for example, You're More Like A Friend Without The 'R', which adds a nice touch to the album.
Overall Impression — 6
To finish, I think this album is a step down from Goodbye to the Gallows and their Complete Guide to Needlework EP. For scene kids and fans who love breakdowns this will be a classic but if not then this will be a disappointment. I hope they don't continue with this direction in sound on their next album since when Metalcore/Deathcore dies - they're in trouble.