To keep it plain and simple, Emery is smarter than your average band. They know who they are and what they do best – and that is celebrate dynamics. They are at their best when the contrast between their most brutal and beautiful sides are polarized. And that is what they bring with their new LP, On Shallow Seas We Sail. The record is some of the heaviest, yet some of the most melodic material they have released, which will, no doubt, bring a smile to the faces of their long-time followers. Devin Shelton took the time to answer a few questions recently regarding the band’s “return” to their vintage sound.

Greetings, Devin. Congrats on finishing your fourth LP! How does it feel to officially join the ranks of the “veterans?” Do you still feel young and limber – like you have more to accomplish and more to say?

Thanks. It feels so good to be as fortunate and blessed as we are. Most bands don’t have the privilege of making four records. And yes, I still feel young and sometimes limber, depending on the day, and definitely have much, much more to accomplish.

With The Question and I’m Only a Man, the band seemed to be moving in a less brutal direction … but with the new record you seem to have “tapped into the darkness” again, so to speak. Was this an intentional move?

It was an intentional move. We wanted to expand ourselves with I’m Only A Man and go a slightly different direction. When we recorded the EP last year, we wanted to take another route and go more aggressive. The response was very positive, so we decided to carry on with that same musical attitude for the new record. Our lyrics have always been pretty dark and intense, but the music with which it is carried out has changed over time, so we decided to take hold of our roots again.

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