Emmure – Smokey: A Video Breakdown



Ignorantcore and domestic abuse promoters Emmure are back to bring the chuggity-chugs to the unwashed and poorly-tattooed masses. Now that Emmure features current/former members of Glass Cloud and The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, what type of new ground will they cover? Will they get experimental? Maybe throw in some clean vocals and guest spots by radio DJ clowns ala Suicide Silence? Maybe go full on modern Opeth and just noodle around on guitars for a while? Nah, of course not. It’s just the same old, dumb-shit Emmure.

0:01: God knows where that pinky has been.
0:06: Hand tattoo by Smudges ‘R Us.
0:13: It would be amazing if this was the entire song.
0:25: A 25 second intro to a 2-minute song. Awesome.
0:27: That moment you realize you’re now in Emmure.
0:33: Can someone get Frankie P a shirt that doesn’t look like it has been crumpled up at the bottom of the hamper for the past 3 months?
0:39: Um…where did that giant puddle come from?
0:44: Is that a Dreamcast hat? Okay, you win this round Frankie.
0:48: Must be cold in that room…
0:56: Seriously, is the drummer leaking or something?
1:03: Now I’m curious: Did they specifically set up in the giant mystery puddle or did it just start to happen while they were filming and the director just ran with it?
1:11: Frankie better be careful. He doesn’t have the best track record around electricity and water will only make it worse.
1:17: I predict a lot of back problems in their future.
1:22: Breakin’ 2: Emmure Boogaloo.
1:36: *dry heave*
1:40: His tongue is trying to escape from his face.
1:49: So this song is about the dangers of smoking, right?
1:55: D.A.R.E. To Keep Kids Off Emmure.
1:59: At least they had the decency to keep this song mercifully short.

Emmure’s new album Look At Yourself is available now via SharpTone Records.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Hahahaha, a 2 minute music video?! I don’t even think they stepped up to the line, much less go over it.

    • The Mighty Thorange

      Emmure when they even notice there is a line to cross no matter how low it is. https://youtu.be/TSqkdcT25ss?t=109

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover


  • Howard Dean

    Obligatory electroshock gif – a gif so nice I’ll share it twice:



    • Jay Riemenschneider

      Why does he stab himself in the chest with the mic before he does down?

      I’m not too educmacated on what happens when you’re electrified, but is that normal?

      • Howard Dean

        Honestly not sure. My guess is that was just the position his arm took as his muscles seized from the electricity. Any resident electrical engineers and/or trauma physicians could probably provide us a bit more color.

        • Lord of Bork

          It’s my understanding that brain damage/electric shock basically sends a bunch of messages to your muscles, often causing them to lock up.

      • lagerbottoms

        Physiotherapist in training here. I’ll give it my best shot…
        The nervous system uses electrical signals to make muscles contract.

        The electric shock he got during that live show seemingly went through his body exactly on the path to excite the muscles that straightened his legs and back and make his arm rotate towards his body.

        Some contractions might also just have been a reaction to the situation combined with the electric excitation.


          Contractions like he could have been going to clutch his chest in panic, so his arm tensed up like that?

          He may be a piece of shit, but that’s some scary stuff man.

          • lagerbottoms

            yeah, that’s the kind of thing I mean. Any of his reactions could be either a reaction to the electricity itself, or an internal reflex

  • Joaquin Stick

    AHHHHH. That header image is horrifying. Can’t tell if the hoop fell out of his ear or if it’s just extra dangley looking for some reason. Either way, ew.

    I’m also glad the song ended before it even felt like it started.

    • Óðinn

      Yeah, I couldn’t tell either. It’s difficult to gauge.

  • The Tony Danza members talents are being wasted on third grade amateur riffs. You can play these riffs with your butt.

    • Jay Riemenschneider

      You can play anything with your butt if you’re adventurous enough!

    • Howard Dean
      • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

        Good god.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      These guys sucks at guitar.I play better with my ass when Im drunk. I think they should consider getting guitar lessons from lil wayne.

      – MainstreamPoPsucks3, 1 month ago

    • Count_Breznak

      Weren’t Danza 3+4 labled “Buttcore” ?

      • Fake news! Those albums ripped.

        • Count_Breznak

          Liked the first 2, the rest…meh.

          • lagerbottoms

            well Josh Travis only worked on 3 & 4, so your contribution to this conversation is pretty questionable (as is mine right now), given that we’re talking about stuff Josh Travis wrote

          • Count_Breznak

            3+4 are shit, this song is shit…there might be a connection.

    • lagerbottoms

      “Derelict”, the shortest song on the album at 1:10 definitely has the best main riff.

      I’ve listened to the album a few times, because I honestly enjoyed it to some degree. It’s easily the best music ever released under Emmure’s name, but it’s still Josh’s most boring music so far.

      • I think Frankie writes alot of the music so that could be a reason.

        • lagerbottoms

          well that might be. Josh should just get his stuff together and release another Glass Cloud album 😛

    • Add Emmure to the same list as Chelsea Grin used to be a part of with really good musicians as members being shoehorned into playing shitty music.

  • That was really bad. I’m sorry that I watched it! 🙁

    BUT on the bright side, new Pallbearer and Cut Up next week, Gruesome the week after (just a single though as far as I’m concerned, no care about demos), and I’m on track to finish reading Infinite Jest in the next hour or so! (20 pages left, sloooow going but fantastic fucking book)

    • Howard Dean

      David Foster Wallace can get ya all jacked up on metafiction.


      • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

        Tony Fucking Little. Haven’t seen that guy for years.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Yay! Another IJ bro! It’s been a few years but let me know how you feel about that ending. It’s… something. I like it.

      • I liked the whole book, ending included, even if I don’t entirely get it! It just kinda seems to END without anything really resolving but I guess you’re supposed to extrapolate a bit. And the book is so complex and dense in general that there’s no doubt a TON of things I missed anyway, and even just a cursory look around the Internet shows all these theories of things that I never would have thought of. Excellent book though, very glad I read it. I picked up “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” at a used bookstore over the weekend, so that’ll be next I guess.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Nice! Yeah I’m glad you’re not one of those “nothing happened at the end to wrap it up and explain anything so it sucks” kind of people. It’s very open ended but I think it makes you want to think about it more and end up realizing what the whole story was about in the first place. I read it once alone, then again with a class and got so much more out of it the second time when I wasn’t spending the whole time confused about what was happening and why.

          Honestly, Brief Interviews is probably my least favorite thing I have read by him (I’ve read basically everything), but I seem to be in the minority on that. So much of it is annoying, but he’s making it annoying on purpose, so I guess he achieved his goal for me.

          • It’s funny, I was expecting Brief Interviews to be annoying the way I find a LOT of Dostoevsky to be annoying, based on your description. I read most of his books last year and so many of the characters were neurotic in such a particular way that I just assume Dostoevsky himself must have kinda been like that, haha. Or that he was making them unsympathetic and irritating on purpose.

            But Brief Interviews, so far, a lot of it is just really disgusting, haha. Can’t say I’m NOT enjoying it, but it is a bit off-putting, and nowhere NEAR as good as IJ.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Oblivion is a better collection of short stories, and his first novel is pretty enjoyable as well. I don’t think I could recommend his posthumous novel to anyone but a diehard fan though. His editor did a good job putting together what was available, but it was still a huge mess of a story that doesn’t even come close to coming together into something coherent. It could have been amazing, but we’ll never know.

          • I got into DFW after seeing the Jason Segal movie about him last year. Usually I only read non-fictiony, sciency nerd shit with the exception of stuff like Kerouac and Burroughs, so IJ was quite the literary shock for me, haha. Any other author/book recommendations for someone who doesn’t mind a challenge?

          • Joaquin Stick

            So many recommendations. After a monster like IJ, it might be a good idea to go shorter and simpler with Don Delillo’s “White Noise” (amazing dry humor about academia). Then, if you’re looking for a monster challenge again (way more difficult than IJ) Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow” is a staple of the post-modern genre. Those two are the most obvious and most read recommendations, and for good reason, but I some more off-kilter ones too.

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  • Waynecro

    Someone from The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza is in Emmure now? Man, how the so-so have fallen. Kidding aside, the final album from The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza was pretty cool.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Josh Travis seems like a cool guy with crazy 9 string skronkin’ skills. Sucks he’s gotta hang out with Palmeri and his tuff doughboy act.

  • Mosh Hoff

    Unpopular opinion time: I’ve always found Emmure to be laughable and Palmeri to be a horrible human being, and while I’ll never ever ever give him my money, I heard the new album hoping the Danza boys stepped it up, and I am not dissapoint. Album is fuuuuuuuun.

    • Óðinn

      Yeah. I don’t like this band (for many reasons), but I was actually expecting the song to be worse. Maybe the Tapdance upped their game somewhat. Appreciate your honesty, Mosh Hoff.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I saw Emmure in 2013 and hated them. Ill have to hear whether the instrumental work is good before I judge the entire album. I already know I’ll find the lyrics devoid of any decency.

    • That’s just like, your opinion man.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    This song gives the feeling that you are soaring through the atmosphere with flaming wings, but at half-speed it sounds like drunk people trying to perform a Smashing Pumpkins song (in a good way).?

    -Michael Morris, 1 month ago

  • Dental_Damnation

    Anyone else think Frankie & co are trying to swoop in on that $uiside $ilence void? It would be a smrt business move since SS put out that album of hot garbage

    • sopadeloro

      Isn’t Thy Fart Is Murder filling that void?

      • Dumpster Lung

        Those bands are the damn void, haha.

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  • Doom Scientist

    Not-So-Random thought: If you say controversial, insulting things just so you can get press and then say later on “I got you again”, you’re not being a hip troll, you’re being a douche.