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Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri Talks M. Bison, Korn & Limp Bizkit, Pegs New Emmure As “The Record Of The Year”

Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri‘s obsession with the Street Fighter video game, etc. franchise runs deep. As he tells

“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.


  • sickboy_xl

    A love song about Street Fighter characters + Record of the year = …I don’t even know what the fuck to say right now. I can see the Cold Merch shirts now.

    • Lern2Swim

      Led Zeppelin wrote songs about Lord of the Rings.

      • booze

        Along with 237 Scandinavian metal bands.

      • sickboy_xl

        Fuck it! You totally win. HALF of metal is about Lord Of The Rings. One of the most notorious black metal artists of all time is black speech for “Darkness”, Amon Amarth is black speech for “Mount Doom”. Hell, there’s a band called Gandalf. I guess Street Fighter metal is the next big thing. Can’t wait for a homoerotic Ken and Ryu concept album.


      Led Zeppelin didn’t write songs that everybody liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.

      • Aggroculture

        Yeah…Emmure are the Led Zep of our generation…

      • adamonfire

        Frankie is taking the title “Ramble On” far too seriously.

      • TheMediaProphet

        I still feel like we’re being used by Benjamin.


        Benjamin is nobody’s friend. If he were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines and dick.

      • pour meshuggah on me

        Wayne: Who’s playing tonight?
        Security Guard: Emmure.
        Wayne: Are they any good?
        Security Guard: Man, they suck.
        Wayne: So it’s not just a clever name.

  • TheBDanAbstract

    For the tl;dr crowd;

    >I am fucking crazy.
    >I am a Street Fighter character(I thought he was Thanos though?)
    >I’m writing personal lyrics about me, the Street Fighter character.
    >It’s pretty hard man.
    >We made the best record of the year.
    >You know all those bands I sound like metalcore rip off of? Those are my influences. Much shock, very wow.

    • emvath

      Even more tl:dr

      shit, shit, shit, ignore me and go about your day.

    • TheMediaProphet

      Thanks for that. I stopped reading when he started talking about having relations with M. Bison. I figured with all the stupid ass band names these days, M. Bison was a mother metal core band, but I realized he was talking about the actual character.

  • jrr

    Frankie Palmeri ain’t got shit on Raul Julia.

    • Buddy Baker

      No, but he is to music what Jean Claude Van Damme is to acting.

      • TheMediaProphet

        Hey now, mother fucker.

      • Rev.J_Blumpkin

        maybe you should see “in hell”, “until death” and “6 bullets” before you say that. JCVD really gets an undeserved bad rap. Frankie?, not so much!

  • southpawchew

    So the new record is going to be reflections of a confused racist, terrorist supporting, nerd who thinks he is better then Jesus?

    • pour meshuggah on me

      Nailed it.

  • southpawchew

    Hope wook reviews this

    • jayofdajungle

      Oh no doubt he will, we’re talking I-95 traffic.

      • star_AD

        Fuck that, more like LA’s horrible 405 freeway.

  • BlueBalls

    I think of Frankie as more of an E. Honda.

  • themelter

    if he is bison then someone needs to go to one of his shows dressed up as guile and end him for the good of humanity

  • BooThisMan

    Wonder if this chode ever saw the abortion that was the live action Street Fighter movie

    • Lifeseclipse

      Probably his all time favorite flick. I don’t know if you noticed, but this guy has bad taste in entertainment.


    Whooa, what a unique individual Frankie is. His interests are so obscure and when he talks I am so amazed at how deep he is.

    Fuck off, Frank.

  • Lifeseclipse

    He’s thinkin “record of the year” because someone noticed all those extra frets on the guitars. “Dude, can you imagine what we could do with all these!?!?”

  • ZMA

    ……Nope. *walks in exact opposite direction*……………

  • zaodriver

    I am just ashamed that there are bands still out there that feeding off the cock drippings of Korn and Limp Bizkit.

  • Plethora

    I’ve never ignored the ‘click here to read on’ button as hard as I did just then.

  • Cyanidenailbomb

    Whenever I read about Frankie saying he’s “putting himself out there” with his lyrics, I want to smash my face against something sharp.

  • revstevo