If the name do not ring any bell, I tell you this: Emigrate is a New York based metal band, led by Richard Z. Kruspe, the lead guitarist of the leading Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. Their sound is a mixture of rock and metal elements with some different resonances and the most exciting thing about their second album it’s the presence of some famous and infamous guest artists such as Marilyn Manson, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Peaches, Frank Dellé (Seeed) and Margaux Bossieux (bassist of the all-girl NY punk band Dirty Mary). Bossieux was involved also in the recording of Emigrate’s debut album. She and Kruspe have a daughter and they have an on-again, off-again relationship over the years.
Highlights: Get Down featuring Peaches it’s groovy and wicked, get under your skin instantly; the industrial flavored Hypothetical with the unmistakable performance of Marilyn Manson it’s massive and the dark, tensioned and hypnotic Happy Times featuring Margaux Bossieux it’s magic. Silent So Long featuring Jonathan Davis it’s less impressive and although Lemmy delivered his best, Rock City it’s only a fast, pedal to the metal type of rock’n’roll song. Still, I like the guitar solo from the title track and there are a few other good moments on the album.
Maybe I expected a little bit more, but this is only a “nice” album, nothing less, nothing more. And nice, sometimes, just simply not good enough…
01. Eat You Alive (Feat. Frank Dellé)
02. Get Down (Feat. Peaches)
03. Rock City (Feat. Lemmy Kilmister)
04. Hypothetical (Feat. Marilyn Manson)
06. Born On My Own
07. Giving Up
08. My Pleasure
09. Happy Times (Feat. Margaux Bossieux)
11. Silent So Long (Feat. Jonathan Davis)
Richard Z. Kruspe – vocals, lead guitar (2007-present)
Olsen Involtini – rhythm guitar (2007-present)
Arnaud Giroux – bass guitar, backing vocals (2007-present)
Mikko Sirén – drums (2013-present)