Bring Me the Horizon
This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For


4.0
excellent

Review

by Whiskey On The Rocks USER (5 Reviews)
February 8th, 2006 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Bring Me The Horizon have a lot going for them. Young, talented and recently taken on tour with one of the O.C's biggest metal acts, Bleeding Through, BMTH have made a name for themselves in a rather small ammount of time.
Bring Me The Horizon are:

Oliver Sykes (vocals)
Oliver is a very versatile singer, ranging from high shrieks to death metal growls to a pretty good singing voice.

Matthew Nicholls (drums)
Matthew is a very god drummer, nothing incredible, adds nice fills here and there and the occasionaly blast beat, sure to please those who like death / black metal.

Lee Malia (Guitar)
Lee adds nice pull off / hammer ons, particularly on opener 'Re: They Have No Reflections'. He seems to like his tapping, and likes the occasional trill. He adds a metalcore-ish feel to something that is quite a bit heavier.

Matt Kean (bass )
Matt adds some low end, nothing spectacular, hugs the guitar nicely, and does his job very well.

Curtis Ward (guitar)
Curtis harmonises with Lee quite a lot, and so is of around the same ability I suppose. Souding good though.

Opener 'Re: They Have No Reflections' is 5.42 of pure metal. The opening riff is nice, fitting in nicely with the drumming, which is nice and fast. Ollie adds some high screaming, sounding almost black metal. Lee plays a nice pull-off riff over this, whilst Curtis plays a variation of the intro riff. It then goes a bit heavier, Lee and Curtis playing a black metal tremolo picked riff whilst Matthew plays some speedy blast beats, making this section particularly driving. Olivers voice sounds more death metal here. His voice suits the style of very nicely. There is yet another change, one guitar plays open strings whilst the other takes a nice lead line. It all stops suddenly, the drums doing some nice tom work, as Oliver says "Lets nail the casket one more time", before the rest of the band roars back in and Oliver screams the same line, gradually getting lower until it reaches death metal once again. There is yet another change, all cuts out except one guitar and some ambience noises. A brief snare roll follows, a chord is played and left to hang as Oliver screams back in. Some nice double kick pedaling here, and some harmonics from Lee. Yet another change and Lee is playing a hammer on riff as the bass hugs tightly behind. It speeds up nicely before going back into one of the earlier riffs, with Oliver screaming along suitably. One final change, a slow but heavy riff with some pinch harmonics and some brutal screaming, It all closes as the riff slows down, and stops with one final grunt from Oliver.

'Who Wants Flowers When You're Dead? Nobody' follows the same princibal as the previous track: Technical riffing, double kick drumming, screaming, although this one uses some more melodic sounding chords as Lee plays his typical leads. A nice heavy riff follows the melody, open E strings interjected with a tapping part, sounds very swish. The middle eight is Oliver saying something that I can't quite decipher over a snare roll, beofre the screaming comes back in. Tremolo picked riffs follow on, sounding quite black metal. Another heavy riff closes the song nicely at the 4.54 mark.

'Rawwwrr!' is the oddest title for a song I have ever encountered...begins with a snare roll, cuts into some screaming again. Oliver screams over an open E riff, till the backing vocalist (Curtis?) joins Oliver in screaming "Taking back!". Suddenly there is what sounds like a woman screaming, quite a nice touch I thought. The riff that follows is once again very nice, fits well with Olivers high pitched shrieks. One of the earlier verse riffs is played until all cuts out and Oliver says "And if you think you're alive, you're better of ***ing dead" before it kicks back into flat out heaviness until the fadeout.

Closer 'Traitors Never Play Hangman' keeps up the riffing, adding harmonics, bends and brief scales to add variation to the screaming and fast drumming. The riffs in this are similar to the ones that go before, what interests me mostly here is a breakdown where the whole recording actually slows down until the album closes with Oliver screaming "I ***ing love you!"

Pros: + Riffs are varied and interesting
+ Drumming is fast and very nice
+ Vocals are nice and heavy

Cons: - Might be too heavy for some, as it blands death metal, black metal and metalcore.
- Vocals may not be to everyones taste, not much clean singing
- Only 4 tracks

4/5


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Whiskey On The Rocks
February 8th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey this was my 2nd review, any feedback? Cheers

spoon_of_grimbo
February 8th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive heard these guys are a total bunch of posers, but i still might check this out, it was going for less than a fiver at hmv the other day.

nice review too, concise and descriptive, i like how you profiled the band members at the start.

Whiskey On The Rocks
February 8th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks the band have the whole scene hair thing going on, and they wear womens trousers, but they were a good live band when I saw them at bleeding through. its pretty good stuff, kinda like the black dahlia murder ifyou've heard them?

encmetalhead
February 8th 2006


744 Comments


I've heard the first song and it's awesome

AsCitiesBurn672
February 8th 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this band is sweet. Oliver can sing!

Dancin' Man
February 9th 2006


719 Comments


This is most certainly metalcore but it is also pretty decent. Not creative enough to get a 4/5 though. 3.5 maybe. There is also no black metal on this album.

spoon_of_grimbo
February 9th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like the black dahlia murder?! ill DEFINITELY BUY THIS THEN!!!

tbdm are fucking excellent! buyage time tmrw then!


AsCitiesBurn672
February 11th 2006


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who cares about black metal, THIS BAND OWNZ!

Tarantino's Tarantulas
February 12th 2006


819 Comments


"Matthew is a very god drummer"
Im sure it must be useful having a deity in your band

Whiskey On The Rocks
February 13th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shh
lol i'll sort it...

spoon_of_grimbo
February 13th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

on first listen, i'd say these sound like a cross between black dahlia murder and johnny truant, although not quite as good as either. still, a pretty solid debut, and im sure the debut full length should show a little more variety.

kingdead
March 10th 2006


1 Comments


Ive seen this band too many times. They are really, really bad.



DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 14th 2006


3995 Comments


The band name and album title is rather intriguing but the peers mentioned make me feel the actual music sucks.

stevehorizon
April 4th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing

this band is just intense

the whole album is a breakdown
in my opinion

its not death metal, black metal, or metalcore

its just fucking metal

Whiskey On The Rocks
April 8th 2006


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're pretty much right lol, they describe themselves as mosh metal, their shows are amazing, best pits ever :D

stevehorizon
April 8th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah totally i was in their music video recently

the one for traitors never play hangman

yeah mate they say theyre mosh metal and such

they have brutal pits kids get torn up like crazy and they have brilliant shows!

skingle
April 9th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, I've seen this band a few times, they are pretty good, but I only enjoy them live.

AND I DREAMT OF YOU
July 2nd 2006


54 Comments


I think its amazing. I quite like the vocals in it . Reason i had heard of them was because it said check them out at download in the kerrang!


Tyler
Emeritus
July 16th 2006


7926 Comments


you're pretty much right lol, they describe themselves as mosh metal


I considered checking this out, until I read that.

TheCrimsonKing
July 16th 2006


2 Comments


A friend of mine (a scene/emo kid) asked me to learn a song by this band so i did its the "re: they have..." song and um....they arent really that great at all. Its alright stuff but to me this isnt pure metal or death metal or anything like that. I pretty much define this kind of metal as "metal emo/scene kids listen to.". Therefore its almost never straight up metal (metal bands i like are :morbid angel, death, slayer, megadeth, judas priest, etc).

I never found this emo-screamo-metal-whatever core that heavy. i guess it might be me.

I'm rather open-minded about music since i like a varied amount of things but i can't stand almost anything that comes from the emo/scene...scene. :P , but thats me.

just decided to voice my opinion. I have that right.

Although you seemed to do a pretty good review (although it would be better if you put individual ratings for each song), but it seems like you are a BMTH fanboy. Its cool though





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