Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings


1.5
very poor

Review

by Michael B. USER (18 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2011 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pray for plagues, indeed.

Nowadays they’re one of the most exciting bands on the British metal scene, fusing crushing metalcore heaviness with slashing melodies and washes of electronic ambience. They’ve convinced swathes of haters to reverse their opinions, and tore several festivals new orifices with their vicious live performances. But things haven’t always been that way for Bring Me the Horizon. Cast yourself back in time to 2006 and they are a very different band.

A rather bad one, in fact.

Unlike their later, more experimental affairs, Count Your Blessings can be placed firmly into the box labelled “Deathcore 101”. The ingredients for almost every song are identical- downtuned, serrated guitar riffs, hell-for-leather rhythms, banshee screaming and the occasional drunk-football-fan gang vocal. And, of course, the essential component to every mediocre deathcore album, breakdowns. Not quite enough of them to reach Parkway Drive levels of tedium, but a lot of them nonetheless. Once you’ve heard one song, you’ve pretty much heard them all, and while there is the occasional curveball (more on that later), this is an album that could best be described as “consistent”.

Album opener (and fan favourite) “Pray for Plagues” kicks off with a disjointed cavalcade of guitars and drums, before infamous vocalist Oli Sykes plunges into the fray with a disturbingly high-pitched scream that, to quote allMusic, sounds “less like the Cookie Monster than one of those silly voiced creatures in the cantina in the original Star Wars movie”. It’s actually a reasonably strong opener once it gets going, and the breakdown is definitely the best to be found on the album. But then the awfully monikered “Tell Slater Not to Wash His Dick” follows, and so begins the monumental tedium that is “Count Your Blessings”.

There is so little originality and eclecticism present here that, before long, every track muddles together into one breakdown-filled pile of sludge. The fact that this mere 40 minute album is a chore to get through just shows how dull and monotonous it is. Tracks like “I Used to Make Out with Medusa” and “Off the Heezay” would be approaching listenability, if they just chopped two minutes off each one. For some bands, it’s fine for every song to sound the same, because it’s a good sound. With a sound as awful as the turgid deathcore mess that Horizon play with here, repeating the same tricks relentlessly over and over is far less endearing.

Oli’s vocals, greatly improved on later releases, are frankly awful on this album. While his gutturals are generally well implemented, the high-pitched scream he employs frequently across the album’s 10 tracks is grating to the point of cheesiness. The awful production values don’t help matters either, the lack of bass across the album’s entirety robbing it of the bowel-shaking heaviness that makes deathcore interesting, and without that, “Count Your Blessings” sounds not only monotonous, but also strangely muted.

It says a lot about the terrible general songwriting quality of the album that the best track is a two minute, instrumental acoustic interlude. The one significant use of dynamics present on this tedious collection, “15 Fathoms, Counting” is a wonderful moment of relief from the sledgehammer assault of the rest of the album. Blending shimmering acoustic melodies with a gorgeous background synths and minimalistic percussion, it’s remarkably beautiful, and is (quite ludicrously) the album’s musical highlight. You even wish it would go on for longer, so as to avoid the tedium of more Bring Me the Br00tality.

“Count Your Blessings”, then. A naive, underwhelming starting point for a band that would go on to make much better music. That even the band themselves have pretty much disowned this album should tell you just how far removed it is from the rest of their output in terms of quality. While breakdown fanboys, deathcore elitists and hormonal scene girls will find refuge here, we with more discerning musical tastes should look elsewhere.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ffs
August 2nd 2011


4880 Comments


this is okay imo, good review though.

LepreCon
August 2nd 2011


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fuckin piece of shit

Idnuf
August 2nd 2011


1491 Comments


Stopped at the first sentence. Don't write stuff like that

Megadeth
August 2nd 2011


935 Comments


Ah, The Trees.

IAmKickass
August 2nd 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Three songs are good off this album.

fsharptrit0ne
August 2nd 2011


4814 Comments


nooo

pmmets07
August 2nd 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oli was such a good vocalist at this time. Now his voice is fucked from drinking/smoking/poor technique/whatever. I still dig this album. Especially "A Lot Like Vegas" and "Medusa".

pmmets07
August 2nd 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

probably.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzt5cW34cl8 you can't say Oli doesn't sound great here.

FearThyEvil
August 2nd 2011


12629 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, oli skyles is a complete douchebag.

Acanthus
August 2nd 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review though I obviously liked this far more than you. Their later releases I find lacking/as annoying as you paint this one to be.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

RosaParks
August 2nd 2011


14927 Comments


OMG NOOB THIS IS THE BEST SCREAMO ALBUM EVER

IAmKickass
August 2nd 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It's not that this album is terrible, it's just not very good. And yes Sykes is a sweet vocalist, but despite all of the problems he's been through with his voice and all, I still like it to this day.

FearOfTheDuck
August 2nd 2011


206 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Much as I like the band now, Oli is a complete twat.

pmmets07
August 2nd 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to enjoy Suicide Season to a degree but their latest full length bored the fuck out of me.

Kris.
August 2nd 2011


12355 Comments


lol

pmmets07
August 2nd 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sonic
























Craig messaged you

TechieCore
August 2nd 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This was better than anything they put out afterwards, which isn't saying shit.

Carnifex
August 2nd 2011


1918 Comments


Used to thoroughly enjoy this album, can't stand Oli's voice but there's some good riffs on this record.

TomAkaVeto
August 2nd 2011


1662 Comments


I don't why people don't like the way Oli's vocals sound on Suicide Season/There is a Hell...
I think he sounds fine. It's just a raspy yell.

FearOfTheDuck
August 2nd 2011


206 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I greatly prefer his new vocal style to his old one. It sounds more "real".



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