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Emery
The Weak's End
Tooth & Nail Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Not quite "screamo" and not quite the whine of bands like the Get Up Kids and Dashboard Confessional, Emery plant their feet deeply into the soil of the "emo" genre, but fail to align themselves to either side.

Despite the piercing howls that barrage your ears at the start, screams do not dominate this record. Moments of aggression are mere accent pieces to the sonic landscape. The Weak's End strives to exist at once in the realms of harshness and beauty.

Belonging to the Tooth and Nail roster, Emery certainly carry the sound of many Tooth and Nail acts. If you placed Further Seems Forever, Anberlin, Mae, and an angry Juliana Theory in a blender Emery would probably be the resulting smoothie. And without hailing from any sort of opposing viewpoint, Emery, too, help pull Tooth and Nail a little bit further away from certain notions that brand them as an overtly Christian label.

At their calm moments, Emery sustains strength as well as at their most energetic. Songs like "Walls" are equally as enticing as ones like "Untitled," thus allowing the record to stay strong all the way through.

Their emotional closer, "The Secret," ends the disc with as much interest deserved at their first clamber. Haunting, strong, and ethereal, it hooks you, bringing you back again and again.

As if you weren't going to go back in the first place.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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