Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Frankie Palmeri, singer of metal band Emmure. The interview covers the new album, Speaker Of The Dead, the recent Atticus Metal Tour, and Frankie’s love of late 80’s/early 90’s horror. Check it all out after the jump.
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1) How’s it going?
Doing good. It’s raining here in Iowa, so we’re hanging out on the bus, avoiding the weather.
2) It’s been almost two months since ‘Speaker Of The Dead’ came out. How has the reception been?
Overall, it’s been a success! We’re really stoked that people are buying the record and enjoying it. It’s a breath of fresh air playing new material every night, so, yeah, it’s going great!
3) You’re on tour right now and I want to know, are you guys pranksters at all?
It depends on who we’re out with, but yeah, we definitely play jokes on each other. We were doing pranks on our previous tour and it doesn’t get hardcore, we’re not looking to get gruesome or anything like that [laughs]. But yeah, pranks are fun.
4) I looked at the song titles for the album and was struck by how many are pop culture references. Are these references a way of getting your “nerd credit” out?
No, I don’t think I need any “nerd credit” [laughs]. I think what it is is that I find a lot of double meanings in things and I’d rather be cryptic and give listeners something to actually put some work into so that they grasp the message of the song.
5) Emmure is classified as a deathcore band and I want to know what you think it takes for a band to sound “extreme”. Are distorted guitars, blast beats and growled vocals enough or is there something more to it?
I really don’t like genres. I’m not one for genres. When I listen to music, I really only go for a feeling. I find that aggressive attitude in a lot of music, like R&B, pop, you know, anywhere. I think that because we use lead instruments like guitars and screamed vocals allows people to stamp us with the “deathcore” banner. Either way, I think if you make something expressive, with substance, it will be heavy music.
6) I hear you’re a big fan of horror and the metal genre and horror have a long connection to each other. Why do you think this is?
I think that it’s a lot to do with people’s overall vibe they get from extreme or aggressive music and aggressive visuals. A lot of blood, killing, murdering, monsters, things that are scary. Metal music has been typically scary as well. The people that play it had long hair, wore chains and spiked bracelets. Overall, I don’t think that one necessarily represents the other, I just think that it’s the aesthetic that has been put on it that tends to come together as one similar thing.
7) Do you think horror influences either you or Emmure in any way?
What’s funny is that when I was a kid, horror was the only thing I would watch. I wanted to see something that was scary, something that would petrify me. I don’t know what it was. I grew up on the Puppetmaster movies, so that’s where my horror adventure started. I kinda lost faith in the horror world as the years went by. I think the last one I saw was Drag Me To Hell. I think that was great and an awesome throwback to the genre. But my time was definitely the late 80’s and early 90’s.
8) What are some of your favorite horror movies?
I was really into Basketcase, Troll 1 and 2, all the Ghoulie movies, all the Puppetmasters, all the Friday the 13th’s, the Nightmare On Elm Streets’s, The Exorcist, The Omen. You know, those kind of movies. I have a soft spot for that era of film.