Christian Metal History - #5 - Emery
Emery formed in 2001 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The band formed with the lineup of Guitarist/Vocalist Toby Morrell, Guitarist Matt Carter, Bassist Joey Svendson and Drummer/Vocalist Devin Shelton. Svendson departed early on, only months after formation. The three remaining members hired on Bassist Joel "Chopper" Green, Drummer Seth Studley and Keyboardist/Vocalist Josh Head. With the addition of Studley on drums, Shelton switched to guitar and vocals, and Morrell focused more on vocals. In 2002, the band released The Columbus EEP Thee independently. The summer of that year, the band moved to Seattle, Washington. In 2004, the band released their debut album The Weak's End through Tooth & Nail Records, a label in Seattle. The band would release The Question the next year, without Studley. He departed from the band in order to get married. The Bowels of Judas drummer Dave Powell joined the band in his place, coming all the way from Indiana. The band recorded their third album, I'm Only a Man, but before it was released in 2007, Chopper was kicked out of the band, due to his actions. After Chopper's departure, Morrell and Shelton traded off duties on the bass. In 2009, the band released ...In Shallow Seas We Sail, which would be Shelton's last record, until 2015. The band had planned to do a cleaner and more polished record for their fifth, but after the departure of Shelton, the band recorded their heaviest album, ironically titled We Do What We Want as a four piece. In 2015, Shelton returned to the band to record their sixth album You Were Never Alone. The band has begun working on their seventh album, with the lineup of Morrell on vocals and bass, Shelton on vocals, Head on keyboards and vocals, Powell on drums, and Carter on guitars. Emery have been father figures in the screamo and hardcore scene since the band's debut release.
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