Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri‘s obsession with the Street Fighter video game, etc. franchise runs deep. As he tells Eatgeekplay.com:
“I wrote a song called “Last Words To Rose“, which is you know, pretty much a love story between M. Bison and Rose.
Based off of two things, based of the like the actual storyline that I’m aware of—cause I’m a Street Fighter maniac, and I like know everything—and also because I have like some weird, crazy, very obscure, spiritual… an energy belief(?) about myself and the world and I’m 110% positive that I am M. Bison in this 3D form.
Whether or not the energy is displaced perfectly, is irrelevant to the fact that I feel a connection with that character. So I was able to write a song that has a lot of meaning and a lot of passion behind it because I really do feel I’m connected to that story.
Because I lived that story that myself, the one that he went through, in the Street Fighter universe, so that’s how the inspiration for that song came about.”
When conversation turned towards the bands new album which they hope to have out in April, he offered:
“As far as the new album is concerned, I’m actually going ahead and talking about the real me; which is, I think at this point, a place where I can really be myself and feel comfortable with doing that.
It’s definitely dangerous waters because I’m exposing so much of my personal self in the music, but I think that’s what makes it interesting. I don’t want to hold back and not give the best record I possibly can for people who love our band.”
Speaking on it being harder to write from a personal place, which he is doing for the coming effort:
“The initial leap into that place where you just gotta let it all go. It’s a lot harder… It’s easier to just kind play it safe and just write about whatever. But when you start to let go of expectation, and you let go of what’s going to make somebody upset, or push this button, and you just completely let it all out, it’s an amazing thing.”
He later continued:
“I really think this is probably the fucking most diabolical, sickest fucking record we’ve ever made. Everyone’s going to fucking remember this shit all fucking year. It’s going to be THE record of the year, I promise you that.”
He also opened up on his early musical inspirations. In addition to Blink-182, The Prodigy and Daft Punk, he cited Korn and Limp Bizkit as being game changers for him. Speaking of that:
“Korn and Limp Bizkit are still the two bands I give all my credit to, as far as like, really honing my skill and helping me realize what it is I wanted to do and wanted to be in life, period.
I would watch tape after tape after tape, and like sit in my room and emulate Jonathan Davis and Fred Durst like every single day. That’s all I did for like hours and hours every single day, that’s all I would do. I dunno, it guess it paid off. I’m still kind of doing that now, but in my own way.”
The band have been in the studio in recent weeks tracking their as-yet untitled new album for an April release on Victory Records. Producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria) is overseeing those recording sessions.