Review Summary: BMTH have completely changed but they have slightly improved...
BMTH is a band you can either love or hate. Music from this release (and onwards) strictly avoids the deathcore scene used from their previous album (Count Your Blessings), while still remaining a -core style in their music. Oliver Stykes has stopped screaming like he did in Count Your Blessings; Most of his harsh vocals can be comparable to those of ex-Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist "Dimitri" or Architects vocalist "Sam Carter". The instrumentation sounds a bit more energetic, also. Even though this album might attract more fans to BMTH, It still gets worse critical response than Count Your Blessings. I personally believe that this album and the new sound is better and more technical. This album features the longest recorded BMTH song, clocking in at over 8 minutes, which I will discuss when I get to it.
1. The Comedown (4:09)
This opening song introduces BMTH's new -core sound effectively, Including an awesome guitar riff throughout many moments of the song. It seems that BMTH still have some kind of melody in their music - I'm not so surprised. This is one of the songs on the album I would recommend to someone just starting to hear from this album.
2. Chelsea Smile (5:02)
This song introduced me to the album itself. I respect how BMTH avoid the conventional verse-chorus structure and how they use BPM changes well. The lyrics are pretty weird on this one:
"The only thing I really know: I can't sleep at night.
I'm buried and breathing in regret."
There is a nice mellow 1-minute long bridge starting at about 3 minutes past the song, but that seems to make this song to have a very sloppy ending afterwards. Very good song, overall.
3. It Was Written In Blood (4:02)
This is a pretty strange song to have being fit in to an album like this. I am not very interested in this song as much as the rest of the music on this album, and it seems a bit pointless. The strangest thing about it is the vocals in comparison with everything else.
4. Death Breath (4:20)
I'm not too interested in this song either, but it has a completely different feel to the previous track - probably as heavy as the first two tracks. It does feel a bit repetitive at first, and I do have a strange feeling about the structure of this song that it does not fit just as well.
5. Football Season Is Over (1:56)
This is one of the two songs that are only under 2 minutes long and have blast beats being performed. I think I do understand these lyrics, but it is still an arguably poor lyrical choice. I never expected JJ Peters (Deez Nuts) to be featured on this song, but it does kind of fit in with the song.
6. Sleep With One Eye Open (4:16)
One of my favourite songs on the entire album - This song easily shows BMTH's technicality in music. Strangely, the short break at 1:52 and the riff at 2:10 easily remind me of Meshuggah, who probably aren't an influence to BMTH (off-topic note: Count Your Blessings reminded me of BTBAM). During the breakdown at the end, The last lyric summarises what this whole song lyrically deals with:
"Best friends means forever, c*nt."
7. Diamonds Aren't Forever (3:48)
I have no idea what the lyrics are supposed to be about on this one. This song is still one of the songs that got me into the album, but I think that this song itself is pretty heavy. There is an "audio-f*ck" at about 3:03, but I don't see the point in doing that if they did it on purpose.
8. The Sadness Will Never End (5:22)
This is another one of the songs that got me into the album (also including Chelsea Smile & Diamonds Aren't Forever). This one uses "Sam Carter" of Architects as a clean vocalist. This is the only song on the album featuring a "guitar solo", but it is shorter and less technical than the solos on Count Your Blessings. I don't think that I can say much about this song, but this shows that the album has some variety.
9. No Need For Introductions... (1:00)
This is another one of those two songs: also being only under 2 minutes long and having blast beats being performed. This song is literally the shortest - lyrics are also very short. There is a strange lounge/jazz sounding intro. If you know about Oliver Stykes well, you will understand what this song is about...
"And after everything you put me through, I should of F*CKING P*SSED ON YOU!"
10. Suicide Season (8:19)
As I mentioned at the start of the review, This album features the longest recorded BMTH song, clocking in at over 8 minutes. This is the song that I am talking about. The lyrics are obviously the most mature & emotional lyrics that BMTH have ever written - for example:
"If only sorrow could build a staircase, or tears could show the way.
I would climb my way to heaven, and bring home again."
This is probably the best way for BMTH to close the album - they might as well write more songs like this.
1. Suicide Season
2. The Sadness Will Never End
3. Sleep With One Eye Open
4. The Comedown
Don't complain to me about this review; It is the first review I have ever written. I wrote all of it while I was listening to the entire album on my iPod.