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Editors’ Notes

Bring Me the Horizon’s fourth studio album is also its first for RCA. With a switch to a major label, it should come as no surprise that the English metalcore band also ramped up the production of Sempiternal. The electronic flourishes lurking in the periphery of BMTH’s past albums are now at the forefront of its songs. Equally bolstered by sternum-rattling beats and frontman Oliver Sykes’ emotionally urgent howls, the opening anthem “Can You Feel My Heart” may be the most danceable metalcore song to date. However, devotees and purists of the genre will be glad to know that the electro garnishing never overshadows the core elements. “Sleepwalking” is a fine example—the guitars still build towering walls of sonic distortion, and Sykes still sounds like he’s shredding his larynx. The imported electronic textures only add another dimension to a tried-and-true sound. This extends into “Shadow Moses,” where more prevalent beats and neon tones serve as sandwiched layers of depth, letting the propulsive rhythms and muscled riffs stand out alongside Sykes’ screams. The deluxe edition includes the Deathbeds EP.

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Sorry scene kids, this is the new BMTH

Its a well known fact that Bring Me The Horizon is a love em or hate em kind of band. I have to admit I was in the hating group for a while. I just didn't see what was so special about "Count Your Blessing's" or "Suicide Season". I thought Oliver Sykes had a pretty decent scream, but other than that they just seemed to be another scene metalcore band. When "There Is A Hell" came out was when I finally began to notice the band's talent because it seemed, for once, that they weren't afraid to show their talent. There was definitly some exciting experimental elements in that album and the band seemed to actually have their own sound for the first time. Now after a long wait, the bmth is back with 11 songs in the form of "Sempiternal" that have made an enthusiastic fan out of me.

The first thing you will notice while you are listening to "Sempiternal" is the is the now constant abundance of electronic elements. "There Is a Hell" had it's fair share in several songs, but they now have a constant influence here. I think that this is a benefit and not an annoyance because the new keybordist, Jordan Fish adds a whole new dimension to this album. Im not a big ambient fan, but even I know that the band would not be able to pull off it's atmosphere without him. The rest of the does their part as well. The guitars are improved again here and the solos on some of the songs are perfectly placed and executed. The drumming is good and though I have a tough time hearing it sometimes, the bass is also solid.

Oliver Sykes is a beast here. As I said I already thought that he was a good screamer on the band's last several album, but he has stepped up his game big time here. His screaming is great as always but his new element of singing is what really impresses me. "And The Snakes Start To Sing" is a track that shows this off well. He sounds in turmoil the whole album and it is quite the performance. The lyrics are also improved from previous works.

I won't lie the album has a few problems that bug me. I'm not a huge fan of the production on "Sempiternal". It seemes like it sounds good for the electronic parts but not so good for the metal parts. Also I don't get the song Anti-Vist. It seems really out of place and much more of an ode to the band's earlier style than an actual quality track on the album. There are a few songs that I dont think really get going as well as they could. Anyways these are just a few things I noticed, nothing that deters the record too much.

Overall this album will get a lot of love and a lot of hate as usual for this band. Scene kids that just like this band for their first two albums could get ticked off by this album. I've heard a few Linkin Park comparisons made(although I'm not hearing that). But in all honesty 3 or 4 years ago I dont think that I could've imagined myself enjoying a bmth album as much as I have enjoyed this one. The progression these guys have showed in their career is pretty amazing. Definitly buy "Sempiternal" when it comes out.

Sempiternal!

I have heard all the songs and they are all good. This is my opinion on the songs.

1. Can You Feel My Heart - 4.5/5 This is the second one that I heard off the album. I was hooked instantly. The lyrics are great and the instrumentals is awesome.

2. House of Wolves - 4/5 I really like the instrumentals in this song. The guitar is sick. This is one of the harder songs on the album.

3. Empire (Let Them Sing) - 5/5 I still can't decide on my favorite but this is up there. The chorus is extremely catchy and the song has good flow. This song does a great job implementing the hard BMTH that everyone has grown to love.

4. Sleepwalking - 4.5/5 This song was the second official single released on iTunes even though Anti-vist had already been leaked much earlier and it didn't disappoint. It isn't completely soft, but it is a softer song. Oli sounds great.

5. Go to Hell for Heavens Sake - 5/5 The name alone made me excited to hear it. This song is a mixture of both the hard and soft sound. The chorus is very catchy and the song is enjoyable to listen to. The lyrics are fantastic.

6. Shadow Moses - 5/5 I heard this song months ago and was surprised by what I heard. At first, I didn't know what to think about it, but after listening to it several more times I realized just how great it is. The chorus is like an anthem. It just pumps me up and the rest of the song is just as incredible. I can't sing the screams but I try to anyway. Possibly the best song on the album.

7. And The Snakes Start to Sing - 6/5 When I heard this song, I couldn't believe what I heard. I immediately called my girlfriend (biggest fangirl of BMTH) and told her to listen to it. It gives me goosebumps. The lyrics are jaw dropping and the song flows great. Not to mention that the chorus is simply amazing would be a crime. Truly a masterpiece.

8. Seen it All Before - 4.5/5 The song starts out slow and soft, but quickly morphs into a faster paced track. The lyrics are meaningful. This song does not disappoint.

9. Anti-Vist - 4/5 This song would be higher if the chorus wasn't so repetitive and weak (in my opinion). I love the verses though. Overall, it is a great song. It did take me a listen or two to think that on the other hand.

10. Crooked Young - 4.5/5 This is one of the harder songs on the album and it does not disappoint. The instrumentals are great and the vocals are not lacking. If you like the older BMTH then this will be one is for you.

11. Hospital of Souls - 4.5/5 This song is incredible. It blends aggression and calmness perfectly. Lyrics are on. I do however wish that the end was not so repetitive. The probably could have made this a minute less in length, but overall, still great!

Sempiternal - 5/5 The album is amazing. A masterpiece. Nothing more needs to be said.

I'm many of you, like myself, already have it but still support the band and buy Sempiternal on April 2nd!

This Album Is Epic!!!

Personally as a man who has grown tired of the generic metalcore sound love this album. Bring Me the Horizon has made a deep and haunting album. Oli Sykes's actual singing voice is great too.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fronted by a tattooed clothing designer and influenced by death metal, grindcore, and emo, Bring Me the Horizon aren't the average deathcore band. The group was formed in 2004 from the ashes of several Sheffield-based outfits, with the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean serving as the inspiration for the band's name. Singer Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward, bassist Matt Kean, and drummer Matt Nicholls initially established their own label, Thirty Days of Night, to release...
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Apr 02, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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