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Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri recently posted that he “rejects almost every lyric [he’s] ever written,” but is following up that statement with more words of clarification.

The frontman recently made a statement that came after he had a thought about why “regular people” don’t listen to metal and other hardcore genres.

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“Hanging out with someone who only listens to metalcore made realize why regular people with healthy neuroplasticity don’t fuck with that genre of music and gravitate towards pop/rap,” he tweets. “Talk about a fucking unnecessary onslaught of bullshit emotions.”

The vocalist went on to say that he wishes fans didn’t connect with his words as much as they do because he didn’t mean anything he wrote.

Fans quickly became confused with what he meant suggesting that he shouldn’t feel bad about his old lyrics.

All That Remains vocalist Philipe Labonte called out Palmeri for being the first vocalist he saw “express regret over their lyrics.” Plameri responded saying he doesn’t regret his words but doesn’t “identify with them” anymore.

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Now, Palmeri confirmed he wasn’t apologizing for his statement, but he feels he didn’t know exactly who he was when Emmure formed.

FOR THE RECORD: I’m not apologizing for anything I have ever said in a song. Starting a band at 16 years old, you aren’t a fully realized person yet. At one point in time, I was willing to hold on to every ounce of pain I spit on the microphone. I considered my suffering to be a part of my identity.

Over the years, as my internet presence grew and still seeking validation I watched the world both ridicule and embrace the words I put on paper. This now publicized existence in the media, began to alter my entire being. I would spend my 20’s struggling with more demons and more success than I was prepared for. This all came through inside the music. 

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He goes on to say that a lot of the songs he wrote were based on his personal life at the time they came together.

The lyrics I wrote (about 80% of them) all stemmed from my personal life, I was telling my story, regardless of how it would be interpreted. Fast forward 18 years I was given a extremely rare and incredible opportunity to sit back and analyze how what my time spent swimming in the cesspool of my own misery has lead me, what screaming night after night, for years about unresolved pain has done to my psyche, this has lead me to this exact moment.

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Palmeri continues saying that he is appreciative of where his career has taken him, but that it has had its negative sides.

I look back at what I’ve accomplished, my failures and I do not recognize that person. I’m grateful that a lot of childhood dreams came true, but I inadvertently damaged myself in ways I only now recognize. I am often painted and labeled in ways I never would have thought imaginable. Racist, homophobic, misogynist, edge lord…the list continues. No one wants to carry these badges. There was criticism I deserved, and some I still won’t ever understand, I accept this. But on that same coin, the other side, I reject the person I was, vehemently.

I don’t need the “music community” or any scene to understand who I am, the person I became or what my values are today. I am flawed, but I work to adjust and improve the person I am. Not for anyone else, but myself. I know for fans to hear me denounce old lyrics, might seem like I am rejecting them as well, that is not the case. I do and always will appreciate the people who have been drawn to EMMURE and what the music represented. Just know that the words you hear come from a person I [no] longer recognize.

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Frankie Palmeri concludes his statement saying that he knows who he is now, and the thread was clarification on his previous tweets.

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This is not a “identity crisis”. This is true self-realization. If you’ve read the words up until now, I hope it has cleared some of what you might of thought or heard about the recent media attention, that of which I never even expected.

I love aggressive music. I love to get on stage and bring people together. I’m just trying to be a better version of who I was. Thanks. 🤟🏻

More on Emmure

Emmure recently dropped their latest single “PIGS EAR” last November. Around the time of the release, they also took to social media to announce “Hindsight is 2020.” Does this mean there is a new record on the way this year?

You can listen to “PIGS EAR” below.

The band head to Europe this Spring for festival performances and a headline run. All dates and tickets can be found here.

What are your thoughts on Frankie Palmeri’s Emmure lyrics? Sound off in the comments below!

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