Track By Track: Emmure

February 17, 2011 by Tim Karan

Track By Track: Emmure

Frontman FRANKIE PALMERI tells the stories behind each song on EMMURE’s new album, Speaker Of The Dead. (Photo: Adam Elmakias)



Children Of Cybertron
“Children Of Cybertron” is dedicated to all the diehard Emmure fans and to every Decepticon that stays true to us. We are all one, and this song is our anthem!

Area 64-66
For about two years now, I’ve been having a lot of extraterrestrial and spiritual awakenings. I had kind of buried this memory of seeing a UFO as small child around the age 9 or 10. It literally came within feet of my window and flew into the sky faster than I could blink. This song has a lot to do with that event, questioning my place in the universe and wondering if maybe I belong to something not of this world.

Dogs Get Put Down
I wrote this song in response to all the threats I’ve constantly gotten to my life and well-being. The title is a reference to one of my favorite movies, Watchmen. There’s also a line in the song inspired by the movie Pet Sematary.

Demons With Ryu
This is one of the first songs I’ve ever written about a completely fictional character. I become the narrator of his story. Although some think this is purely about my love for [the classic video game] Street Fighter, I’m actually speaking on how relatable the character Ryu is.

Solar Flare Homicide
This song is about the outcome of solar winds hitting the earth and destroying the entire world's electronics. Imagine a world of total darkness, zero communication and complete anarchy… and how much you could get away with in it. Well, in this case, I’m talking about getting even with old foes since there's no order or law.

Eulogy Of Giants
If you’re not familiar with the Scriptures and tales of the Nephilim, they were a race supposedly destroyed so that the powers of this world could maintain control and not be threatened by their "cross-breed" offspring. Basically, there will always be people to oppress those who have the power to make change. We must learn that this is very capable of happening to us, and we cannot let it happen.

Bohemian Grove
Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre campground located in Monte Rio, California, belonging to a private, San Francisco-based men's art club known as the Bohemian Club. In mid-July each year, Bohemian Grove hosts a two-week encampment of some of the most powerful men in the world. There is a rumored dark and ugly history to the club that allegedly involves molestation and sacrificing of young men and boys for ritualistic purposes. I was inspired by the damaged and lost souls of Bohemian Grove to spread the message that this elitist and power-hungry congregation must be put to an end. This song has reflections and undertones between the emotional division of fathers and their sons.

4 Poisons 3 Words
This song has a lot of personal reference to relationships in my life that I thought were deteriorating, and the lesson learned to always communicate with people that matter to you. There's no reason to ever feel alone.

Cries Of Credo
“Cries Of Credo” is dedicated to the great and wise Credo Mutwa and his teachings of the Zulu Pantheon, which is the true origin of man. I was inspired to share my feelings towards the stories Credo has shared with the world, especially one involving being abducted and raped by aliens. I know to some, this might seem very strange and far-fetched, but this is a man with a message that must be heard. The song also deals with sexual abuse and questioning one’s faith in religion and God.

Last Words To Rose
In “Last Words To Rose,” I’m speaking through a spiritual, alternate identity I have discovered of myself known as the character "M. Bison.” This song is about his relationship with another character who is only known as "Rose." This song would take a lot of personal research for people to completely grasp the message.

A Voice From Below
This is a true battle cry and a message to all people of the world that we are entering trying times in all corners of the globe. I am hoping to spread hope to others who might feel as trapped as I do. We live in a world built by illusionists and secret-keepers. It’s time to break free of the illusion and open the classified file. We all deserve truth and freedom.

Drug Dealer Friend
At first listen, I’m sure a lot of people will probably think this song is about a female, but it’s not. This is about discovering just how weak people can be when it comes to substance abuse and how blind they become to how it affects the people around them.

My Name Is Thanos
Consider this song an introduction to things to come. For the record, my name is Thanos Reignz, although you may know me as Frankie Palmeri. My true self is beginning to emerge, and this song is merely a preview of the story I am preparing to share with the world.

Lights Bring Salvation
A lot of people who are reading this might have heard or read about my beliefs in a planet called Nibiru, and that it is on collision with Earth. But a lot of you might not be aware of something called the Ashtar Command. To fully grasp this song, it will take a lot of personal research on both these subjects. But to knock this down into a few words, the song is about the "what if" of a possible star or planet crashing into the Earth, and if we are going to be saved. If some of us are and some of us are not, who will you reach out to save your soul?

Words Of Intulo
The last track to Speaker Of The Dead is the epitome of the entire record. The song is the message sent by Intulo to mankind, taken from the teachings of Credo Mutwa and the Zulu Pantheon. When you pick up the album, the scripture of the Zulu Pantheon is found in place of the lyrics. This is a very important piece to the puzzle of mankind. alt

 

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