Germany's Emergency Gate returns with their fourth album The Nemesis Construct, proving once again that death/metalcore, melodic or otherwise, is not strictly an American phenomena. Nor will it go away anytime soon. Snore.
So how is Emergency Gate or The Nemesis Construct different from the (very large) crowd of similar bands? All the usual suspects are here. Growling death/hardcore vocals. Check. Balanced with clean vocals. Check. Breakdowns, roaring or sublime. Check. Thrash dosed hardcore riffing. Check. Some intermittent synths for sugar. Check. Liberal uses of vulgarity, including the f-bomb. Check. What else? Oh yeah, some attempt at melody. So, I repeat myself: how is this different?
Well, Emergency Gate can be significantly more melodic, even catchy, than your average death/metalcore band. World Escape, Diary of Nightmares, and the short, quite vulgar, and deceptively friendly Point Zero. They can also surprise with a (very small) touch of European melodic/power metal as on In Vain. Sometimes they can even surprise by interjecting some true (and somewhat inspired) guitar solos, but you may miss them for all the hardcore/thrash mucking about. Finally, The Nemesis Construct is a speedy endeavor (for which some genre naysayers may be thankful). Of the 13 songs, eleven of them are under four minutes long. However, not wasting a note, Emergency Gate packs a major punch, more like a solid right jab to the kidneys, in each song.
Ultimately, if you dig the latest (and ongoing) modern metal trends that still peddle death/hardcore vocals with death/thrash/hardcore metal in a somewhat melodic package, Emergency Gate's The Nemesis Construct is noticeable, if not conventional, stuff. You could do worse but, considering the vast number of bands in this category, why would you want to do so?
If you dig the latest (and ongoing) modern metal trends that still peddle death/hardcore vocals with death/thrash/hardcore metal in a somewhat melodic package, Emergency Gate's The Nemesis Construct is noticeable, if not conventional, stuff.
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