Bring Me the Horizon
Suicide Season


5.0
classic

Review

by ispeakzenglishgood USER (7 Reviews)
December 17th, 2011 | 75 replies | 4,596 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: BMTH makes a significant change to their sound - and it's one for the better.

10 of 14 thought this review was well written

On the back of successful debut albums, bands can pursue different paths with their sophomore releases. Some continue in much the same vein, sticking for the most part to tried-and-tested winning formulas, while others take the riskier approach of diversifying considerably from the sound that brought them initial success. On Suicide Season, Bring Me The Horizon choose the latter option – and do so to devastating effect.

Far better production, more coherent songs, more experimentation with vocals and instruments – these are the hallmarks of BMTH’s second album. Blast beat drum beats and deathcore chromatic riffs are few and far between, while the strained shouting of Oli Sykes that only featured very sporadically on Count Your Blessings has become his prominent vocal style. It’s a change that might take some getting used to for fans of old BMTH, but it’s arguably one for the better.

Opening songs The Comedown and Chelsea Smile set the scene for the album, featuring heavy Slipknot-esque riffs marked by a huge guitar tone courtesy of Fredrik Nordstrom’s top-notch production. It is this, alongside Oli’s venomous vocals and Matt Nicholls’ busy yet precise drumming, that constitutes BMTH’s crushingly heavy ‘wall-of-sound’ effect that defines the record and is perhaps best exemplified on the pulverising Drop G duo of Football Season Is Over and Sleep With One Eye Open. It may take some getting used to, but it is well worth the rewards of discovering just how good an album this is.

The album is strong throughout, but towards the end the band really steps things up a gear. The anthemic Diamonds Aren’t Forever, now an absolute classic at live shows, features as many trademark lyrical trinkets as is possible to fit in one song alongside venomous screaming, breakdowns and tempo changes – and it works superbly. The Sadness Will Never End is a very melodic song by BMTH’s standards, starting with a beautiful ambient synth intro and featuring luscious clean vocals from Architects’ Sam Carter, both of which complement their trademark heavy sound to great effect. It is in the closing eight-minute long title track, however, that the band really shows what they’re capable of; guitars and synths are used in an incredibly powerful way to capture the raw emotion of the song as Sykes spills his guts with some heart-wrenching lyrics and sheer emotion in his vocals. The song really is a masterpiece, and the crowning piece of a brilliant album.

Suicide Season marks a significant change for BMTH and as such is probably an acquired taste; once acquired, however, the rewards are fantastic.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Restrikted
December 17th 2011



1889 Comments


ya 

dimsim3478
December 17th 2011



4707 Comments


Good review. Pos'd.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

DinoX
December 17th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like this album a lot. However it can never be a 5, riffs are too simple and the lyrics are really immature on many of the songs.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2011



21538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lyrics are the only bad thing on this

simple riffs =/= bad riffs

Digging: Septicflesh - Communion

Tyrael
December 17th 2011



20705 Comments


Woah woah AF

A 5?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2011



21538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, I've always really really enjoyed this. sure, it's not particularly artistic or groundbreaking but idc

DinoX
December 17th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ya this is actually one of my favourite albums Anarchist. It isn't groundbreaking but it is extremely fun, and it still stands the test of time even after my scenester days have come to an end.

Tyrael
December 17th 2011



20705 Comments


There is A Hell... is soooo much better

Turdles
December 17th 2011



99 Comments


Can't get into this.

DinoX
December 17th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is better than There Is A Hell... because TIAH has some songs that are better than anything on here but significantly more songs that are boring/filler.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2011



21538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"it still stands the test of time even after my scenester days have come to an end. "
this^^

this album kinda got me into "heavier" music a few years ago and unlike most of the music I was into back then, I didn't really wear off of it completely

Tyrael
December 17th 2011



20705 Comments


MY ALLIGATOR BLOOD IS STARTING TO


FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

Also, I'm a big Lights fanboy so yeah

DoABarrelRoll
December 17th 2011



342 Comments


SLEEEEP IS FOR TEH WEEEEEKS

iluvtweepop
December 17th 2011



463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Suicide Season's a cracking song
The rest though...

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2011



21538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

everyone who dislikes this album seems to have one specific track they really enjoy

Tyrael
December 17th 2011



20705 Comments


Death Breath all the way

DinoX
December 17th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album has so many quirky quotable moments:

YOU LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN MA MOUTH SO SPIT IT OUT SPIT IT OUT

DoubtGin
December 17th 2011



6748 Comments


lol

iluvtweepop
December 17th 2011



463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not gonna lie though, 'No need for introductions...' is an awesome song title

NeutralThunder12
December 17th 2011



8742 Comments


ive heard 5 songs off this and 4 were horrendous. 1 was lame but inoffensive at least



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