The guys in Emmure are just such immature assholes, and frankly, I’m glad they’re getting called out. A few years ago, the frontman, Frank Palmeri, had a clothing line and put out a shirt that had a picture of the Columbine killers saying “shoot first, ask questions last”. So as if that wasn’t reason enough to consider them all absolute scumbags, it gets worse.
The band says that the first track on their upcoming album is going to be called “Bring A Gun To School”. Ben Lionetti, one of the founding members of the band (who left) called them out and spoke up; “I feel a little need to speak out. Let’s get this straight … Emmure is MY blood sweat and tears ..MY band born from my thoughts and my hard work and writing (I’m sure you can see the change from early Emmure to now so if they say they wrote it you know it’s a lie; I was actually forced to say it was an even split wether it was money or writing credits) it will never be theirs as much as they can fake it that’s all it is .. fake. To see what Frank [Palmeri] is doing to me and my family’s hard work is absolutely disgusting,” is how he starts out. For the most part, I’m on his side. But there’s a part of me that feels the need to speak against this.
Lionetti left the band, and it’s not his responsibility anymore. For the most part, his name isn’t attached to what the band is doing now, except for if people are saying that they miss him and his actually decent contributions to the band and their work. I understand his frustration, but in all fairness, it’s all out of his hands.
Regardless, I’m disgusted with Emmure. They’re making light of gun violence and being extraordinarily offensive when, coincidentally, the band was formed not 20 minutes away from the Sandy Hook shooting. Something’s not quite right in Palmeri’s head, and he needs to get checked out. Who knows, he could be a serious threat. Get this man some help.