Emarosa - Emarosa

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Post-hardcore
Rise Records
Emarosa
Emarosa
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Having torn through the scene with their debut full-length, Relativity, after recurring ex-Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Jonny Craig, Emarosa are back again with their self-titled sophomore release. More than ever Jonny Craig takes center stage, as the other members continue to fade into oblivion. Where Relativity lacked structure and was dominated by experimentally tinged guitar work (at least for the genre), Emarosa seems to fall flat in several characters while continually leaning on Jonny’s pipes a little too much to the point of repetition.

Standing as a complete work of art, Emarosa seems to reek of contrived commonplace. From the slower, low-key verses to easily accessible, soaring choruses (see “Live it. Love it. Lust it.,” and “We Are The Life”) and the never changing implementation of the most common song structure throughout the records entirety: verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus. Relativity had an undeniable flow to its songs, whereas Emarosa feels calculated and unimaginative at times. Most notable are the extreme similarities in musicianship on “Share The Sunshine Young Blood” and “I Still Feel Her Pt. 4.” There were obvious dry moments of creativity in the studio to cause this.

The record continues to fall into oblivion at the mixing board. As Jonny continually takes center stage more and more, the other members are left behind except the drummer. The drums are heavy and powerfully drive each section with Jonny winding through soft croons or monstrous belts but the manner in which the guitars are placed in the mix might as well be a pop record.

So where does this leave the guitars? Oblivion. ER White and Jonas Ladekjaer (could you even name them?) spent precious hours crafting interesting, ambient laden dual guitar lines to simply be faded into the back and turned down while the reverb was turned up. The result becomes a drone of guitar lines that if pushed forward and left crisper would become a magnificent addition to the atmosphere presented on each song. Even as the second guitar comes in on opener “A Toast to the Future Kids!” the lead guitar receives no attention whatsoever where deserved. It only continues on from there on almost every track. Which due to this blending of guitars seems to cause the record to bleed together into one long drone from time to time.

Not to discredit the man himself and record, though, Jonny shines as much as he ever has on this record. Undeniably the most interesting vocalist on the scene today, he belts with a strength not seen in a vocalist in a long time, and most likely not for a long time to come. Everything the man touches turns to gold and becomes instantly memorable.

Emarosa’s biggest problem has become that it is becoming Jonny Craig featuring Emarosa, not just Emarosa. Even in all its predictability, it is still what will be this year’s most interesting post-hardcore release seeing how quickly that scene is dying from over-saturation.

1. A Toast to the Future Kids!
2. Pretend.Relive.Regret
3. Share the Sunshine Young Blood
4. Truth Hurts While Laying On Your Back
5. Live It. Love It. Lust It
6. The Game Played Right
7. Broken vs the Way We Were Born
8. I Still Feel Her Pt 4
9. The Weight of Love Blinds Eyes
10. We Are Life

Emarosa is a six-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, United States. Formed in 2007, they released their first EP titled This Is Your Way Out. The band released their debut album in 2008 titled Relativity, which features their new vocalist and con man Jonny "Macbooks" Craig from Dance Gavin Dance. Their follow up self-titled album is currently out on Rise records. It was produced and recorded by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, MD.

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