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Review: Emergency Gate - The Nemesis Construct
Emergency Gate
The Nemesis Construct

Label: Twilight Zone Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 46:50
Tracks: 13
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
The Nemesis Construct

Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (10 Votes)

If you were looking for something besides another modern Melodic Death Metal band, you've found it. The Nemesis Construct by German veterans Emergency Gate lies somewhere between Killswitch Engage metalcore and modernized Soilwork-style Melodic Death. This sort of mixture isn't trouble, but the outcome is.

When Emergency Gate clinched their deal with Twilight Zone Records, it became evident that they weren't kidding around. They introduced some powerful and brutal music with hints of melody. They have continued their trademark "harsh verses, clean choruses" vocal stylings as well. As a result the album starts rather nicely with the tough "Alternative Dead End," which shows the brutal side of their varied singing. After "Nothing to Lose" and "Dark Side of the Sun" (featuring a guest appearance from Evergrey's Tom Englund) the album starts to get repetitive.

The notion of repetition applies more to the actual music than the style of the band. On more than a few occasions the same new-school breakdown riffs can be heard. Anything unique about this release was shoved, unceremoniously, under the rug. In addition to the repetitive riffing there are some awkward electronic sounds that further sabotaged the band's efforts. If you're going to play metal, play metal. On several tracks, it feels like you've stumbled into a Trance or Techno bash. Emergency Gate wrote some good choruses, if they get routine after a while, but the metalcore outbursts sucks the enjoyment out of the album.

Along with the first three songs, Emergency Gate came up with a couple of good tracks near the end, helping to preserve the album from falling completely out of the light. "The Green Mile" and "In Vain" are the truest Melodic Death tracks while "Diary of Nightmares" and the closer, "World Escape," are the best examples of the metalcore/Death mixture. Almost all of the tracks have a few nice solo breaks, otherwise missing from the rest of the album.

The Nemesis Construct is just another modern extreme/core album without a deep identity. The modern trends, repetitive breakdowns, tired vocal formula and cheesy, weird electronic sounds hurt the album greatly. Maybe, after this album, Emergency Gate will consider whether they want to continue with this style in the future.

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