Album Review: Emigrate - A Million Degrees
Album: A Million Degrees
Release Date: 30 November 2018
Review by Nicole Roberts
Gather around, guys, while I let you in on a band who is surprisingly fairly unknown, especially given who their founding member is. The band is Emigrate, and their newest album A Million Degrees is a lesson in how to create solid modern rock, without being blown to bits in the veritable minefield of rock cliches in the process.
For those of you who haven't crossed paths with Emigrate before, it's the brainchild of Rammstein's Richard Z. Kruspe, created as a place where he can flex his musical muscles and experiment with a sound distinctly different than Rammstein. I can't stress how distinctly different it is. Don't make the mistake of coming into it thinking this is Rammstein 2.0, because it ain't. Emigrate is a wildly different beast. While occasionally Kruspe's vocals can mimic a softer version of Rammstein at times, that's where the similarities end. Emigrate are big fans of weaving different musical influences throughout their rock, with A Million Degrees containing a cornucopia of strong, stand alone tracks which somehow combine to create a cohesive piece of work.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's jump in with the weaker points first (you know, make a compliment sandwich here). I genuinely don't like that they made 'You're So Beautiful' one of the singles from the album. I understand that it's radio friendly, but it truly doesn't capture and showcase the essence of the album, nor is it one of the shining lights of the release. Out of all of the songs they picked, I wish they hadn't picked one of the less interesting parts of A Million Degrees.
The rest of the album is full of great tracks though, such as '1234'. The song, with guest vocals from Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent fame (fuck yeah, Billy Talent), carries vibes of Queens Of The Stone Age, with an upbeat chorus, driving guitars, and, for lack of a better word, swagger-y vocals. 'War' is another highlight, with an industrial vibe, and a big, dynamic sound that really drives this track along. If you're a fan of the dramatic, 'I'm Not Afraid' may be the track for you, with its Ghost-esque vocals, and seductive sound. Then there's the grand finale, 'Eyes Fade Away', a ballad with a dark, haunting feel and soaring melodies.
While the album isn't perfect, it's a genuinely solid release, with some great moments. If you've come here for Rammstein-esque industrial/nu metal, you've come to the wrong place and need to turn back now. If you're after a fun, interesting hard rock album, that will show you a multitude of different rock styles in the one album and say 'have fun, kid', then there should be something on A Million Degrees for you.
8 out of 10.