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Emigrate
Emigrate
Pilgrim/Motor Music
www.emigrate.eu


Rammstein's guitarist Richard Kruspe has ventured outside of the Berlin, Germany based sextet for his current project Emigrate which involves a multi-cultured cast with Frenchmen Axel Bauer on [guest] vocals and Arnaud Giraux on bass, Sweden's Henka Johansson on drums, and fellow Germans Olsen Involtini on guitar and Sascha Moser in the role of Logic programmer. The group's self-titled album is the stuff that makes bands world renowned. Produced by Kruspe, co-produced by Jacob Hellner and mixed by Stefan Glaumann, the symphonic rock howling and industrial metal chars whip up a volcanic arrangement with the sonic boom of Killswitch Engage, the low bellows of Seether, and the vigorous fumes of Tokio Hotel. The album straddles the line between commercial pop metal and hungry hardcore breeds with its first single "My World" already featured on the soundtrack for the hit movie Resident Evil: Extinction. For a one time project initiated by Kruspe, it is an album that bucks more than one top notch hard rock single.

The album leads off with "Emigrate" which sets Kruspe's haunting vocal presence in the environs of [his] roaring guitar riffs. The energy level maintains its whirlpool spinning with a barrage of hard rock discharges on "Wake Up" and the funk-inspired industrial metal downpours of "My World" which freighters episodes of children's choruses. The acoustic guitar and high-hat taps in the intro of "Let me Break" are layered with raging hard rock flusters as the following numbers "In My Tears" and "Babe" tame the flustered tension with segments of lo-fi melodic calms. The light rumbling beats of "New York City" are haloed by synth-rock creations which turn into high powered guitar aerials on "Resolution" tweaked by Middle Eastern accents. The guitar burns on "Temptation" and "This Is What" are undertone with melodic acoustics which become balladry on the final track "You Can't Get Enough" with shadowy orchestral features curled into the metal rock mixture.

Emigrate's lyrics have a stream of consciousness flow like in the song "Resolution" when Kruspe tells, "Lost all self-control/ Don't know where to go/ Take a piece of soul/ In my mind I take a hold/ confusion…resolution/ I can feel/ I can see/ The resolution/ I do." The lyrics are fragmented thoughts loosely bound to each other but the music tightens their connection and erupts with tension and gusto. Emigrate shows many overlapping elements to Kruspe's band Rammstein, and yet the two groups can be separated by their sound.

Kruspe's project Emigrate stakes a place for itself on hardcore's map with the capability to make a lasting impression on music fans with this one album. It is like the members of Emigrate took the best of what they had from their backgrounds and brought it with them into Emigrate. There are samples of purity and fusion in Emigrate's hardcore vignettes which allow them to spawn something new and keep the cycle of modern metal moving forward.

-Susan Frances

[Editors Note: Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know that R. Kruspe was actually the vocalist in the band as well as the guitarist. The original information in the review was provided by a publicist and repeated by Ms. Frances. We've made what we hope to be fair editorial changes not only for the band, but also to preserve the original review.]


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