Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings


2.5
average

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (38 Reviews)
July 24th, 2009 | 70 replies | 8,779 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boring and repetitive, yet filled with energy. Can Oli Syke's steal the show enough to make this a good album?

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I don't know what made UK hardcore stylists Bring Me the Horizon so popular, maybe it was the instant fame of vocalist Oli Sykes, whom can be seen as the "head honcho" of BMTH. All the girls love him and surely at the time of "Count Your Blessings" he had an amazing scream, but he's just about the only thing leading this band anywhere. BMTH is extremely popular among American teenagers, their merchandise is seen everywhere and somewhere along the line every hardcore listener in America has listened to them. I've never loved Bring Me the Horizon, I like them alot, but not to the point where I obsess over them.

The biggest problem with BMTH's second album release is that it's very boring. Each song seems to start promising, then just continue the same guitar riff and breakdown through the entire song. As the album opens with 'Pray For Plagues', easily one of the most played Bring Me the Horizon songs, we hear Oli's intense scream and yet we hear that same guitar riff over and over through the entire song. It does switch between that and maybe one or 2 others, but theyre not very inspiring nor fun to listen to. The thing that makes this song worth listening though is the vocals. Oliver Sykes has actually taught himself to open up a second vocal box to get these screams out (or so I heard, it may be fake but that's what has been said). As the last minute of the song apporaches, we are most likely just about to hit the skip button, but then we have the final breakdown.

This is proabably the best breakdown BMTH has to offer, it's got fast double bass and a cymbal beat, a mosher's dream. 'Tell Slater Not to Wash His D*ck' starts out fast, but does almost nothing for the listener. Everything you heard in Pray For Plagues is re-done hear, I'm not saying that this isnt a good song. I enjoy it cause of my personal like for the band, but it's a very repetitive and boring song to listen to. None of the music, breakdowns or vocals are very inspiring hear, through the whole album we seem to feast of Oli Syke's high vocals and the repetitive breakdowns. Drumming is a big factor in hardcore music, but drummer Matt Nicholls doesnt seem to bring that hardcore drum element to any of the music. He can do blastbeats and nail on the bass but that doesnt make him a good drummer. 'Black and Blue' is the best track on the album, it's nothing new compared to the other tracks on the album, but it's got great energy and just feels like it was put together nicely.

Let's talk about Oliver Sykes. He's got long hair, endless tattoo's, piercings and is an apparenant bad ass. There are pictures of him smoking blunts and doing just some of the most ridiculous stuff. The rest of the band is barely noticed when it comes to promo's or even shows, Oli just steals the show. Forget what you know about the new BMTH though, this was Oli's highlight years. Before recording their latest album "Suicide Season", Oli had surgery on his vocals, which left him with more of a yelling sound than a scream. He does steal the show on this album, though he never reaches any amazing feats, the sound of his voice is actually annoying, since we hear it endlessly through the entire album. He changes between the lows and the highs but nothing in-between, and it just gets annoying to hear.

Overall, I like Bring Me the Horizon, I have no real hard feelings towards them. They do have an overrated head vocalist and they need to work on variation between songs. This is not a terrible album, it's just boring.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
chiggles
July 24th 2009



76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes it is a little short and to the point but it's a rushed review.

accompliceofmydeath
July 24th 2009



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not to be dick but, this isn't hardcore and stfu about Oli Sykes. Is this a review of him or BMTH?

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Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm sick of everyone complaining about this band. I'm going to listen to this and enjoy it, just because I can.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 24th 2009



10195 Comments


plz stop putting apostrophes in the dude's name

Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol wut

Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah but apparently there was a lack of evidence so he was let go. You have to be a pretty big asshole to do that.

Yazz_Flute
July 24th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fans of this band are almost as bad as brokeNCYDE fans.

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Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well admittedly deathcore sucks, but crunkcore sucks a great deal harder. It's not fair to make that kind if comparison.

shortone323
July 24th 2009



883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

In small doses this isnt terrible. This dude's scream was defintiely among the more unique in the scene. Review is ok, gets a little awkward in some places and you probably talk about the singer too much.

Yazz_Flute
July 24th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No I mean there's a whole horde of people at my school who worship these guys and Oli Sykes. It's people who put stuff like "Bring Me the Horizon" under the "Religion" category on facebook and so on. They're definitely not the worst band ever but they're still very suckish.

sspedding
July 24th 2009



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Let's talk about Oliver Sykes

NO

accompliceofmydeath
July 24th 2009



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^lol that's what I'm talkin' about.

ConorMichaelJoseph
July 24th 2009



1870 Comments


suck band is suck

Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anyone heard this band's cover of Eyeless?

KILL
July 24th 2009



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

fucking ridiculously terrible cunt band

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Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

Phantom
July 24th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...Move.

SmurkinGherkin
July 24th 2009



1769 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is alright. A tad boring, but alright.

anyone heard this band's cover of Eyeless?


Yeah, the origninal is better imo.

Zip
July 24th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

original is better but the cover is so damn heavy.

accompliceofmydeath
July 24th 2009



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I've heard it once. Then again, I've never heard the original so I didn't have much to compare it to.



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