Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


3.0
good

Review

by G.M.B. USER (19 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2013 | 2301 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring Me the Horizon try some new things, with mixed results.

I hold the notion that, whether successful or not, experimentation is always a good thing. Sure, there are experiments that can turn out horribly, (like that one time you decided to play with bottle rockets when you were five,) but that's to be expected. The true brilliance and benefits to experimentation lie in the fact that doing so prevents stagnation, which can be a killer to just about anything, and music is no exception to this rule. So that's why whenever a band or artist decides to try something new, I'm always intrigued and encouraged to listen despite how I feel about them previously. And I'll admit, when I read that Bring Me the Horizon of all groups were going to tackle some post-rock influences in their upcoming album Sempiternal, well, that was all I needed to delve in.

So how did Bring Me the Horizon's little experiment with post-rock and metalcore turn out? Well, truth be told, it's surprisingly not bad. While there aren't too many post-rock influences found here, I myself can't deny that the English quintet tried to something different, and they came out with some damn solid results. "and the Snakes Start to Sing" and "Hospital for Souls" are by and far the best tracks the band has put out to date, and show that Bring Me the Horizon can indeed craft some great songs when they set their minds to it. The former is a track void of most of their root metalcore sound, and instead vouches for an electronically layered sound, and showcases Oli Sykes' new and greatly improved vocal style. "Hospital for Souls" is perhaps the most post-rock influenced track on Sempiternal. Simply put, it showcases all the improvements the band have made since their inception in one neat 6 and a half minute package, and truly shows that Bring Me the Horizon do in fact have potential to do something great.

The other nine tracks? Well, they're either hit or miss. Opener "Can You Feel My Heart" sets a fairly good tone, only to be ruined by "The House of Wolves," a song that offers absolutely nothing new or interesting. "Sleepwalking" features some of Oli's best moments on the album, further exhibiting his progression as a vocalist. And then there's "Anti-vist," an absolutely terrible track which seems only to be present to appeal to fans of the band's older material. It also has some of the worst lyrics on the album, the opening line containing the gem "Middle fingers up if you don't give a fuck," although one must still admit that Oli has come a long way from lines such as "so why don't you just fuck yourself you fucking whore."

At the end of the day, Bring Me the Horizon has progressed and become better as a whole, but really, they still have a long way to go. In fact, their biggest problem seems to be inconsistency. Sempiternal has some damn good tracks, and some damn bad ones too. They have, however, shown that they are capable of ascending beyond stereotypes that they've shown in the past, and when all is said and done, even if not everything they tried here worked, you have to commend them for trying. In a scene where Bring Me the Horizon play roles somewhat of poster boys, they've differentiated themselves slightly from the rest of the horde, and, perhaps with a bit more tweaking and modifying, they just may surprise us one day.



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ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

In case a mod sees this and was unaware, a stream is up.



http://www.sempiternal.info/

ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Also, can't believe I'm the first to post a review for this.





If anybody sees glaring mistakes, inform me.

Havey
March 2nd 2013


9980 Comments


nah dude you're not the first one, the previous reviews have all been taken down

the stream is a temporary one and apparently that doesn't count or something idk

ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Really? That seems silly to me. But alas, I do not make the decisions.

ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I understand that, but it's been posted by the band and a week is more than enough time to come up with a well informed opinion.

ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ah well, I've saved this so I guess I'll just post it when the time comes. Even if that means my review will drown in other reviews.

ILJ
March 2nd 2013


6851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I scanned the meds thread and somebody asked about the temp stream thing but there wasn't a response that I saw.





Somebody mentioned that that one review was a user's first so perhaps it was axed for quality.





I don't know, but hopefully this stays up.

fish.
March 2nd 2013


22400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My guess is that there was a misunderstanding cos temporary streams not counting and rejecting reviews based on "quality" both sound dodgy to me, but I don't know.

Digging: Vince Staples - Summertime '06

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 2nd 2013


2129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Temporary streams of a week + are long enough for most people to hear it and form opinions.

Tyrael
March 2nd 2013


21003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

half of the album is good



the other half is gay



*opinions*

fish.
March 2nd 2013


22400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only bad song is Anti Vist

LilLioness
March 2nd 2013


2952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am at Anti-vist (which I actually rather like) and my interpretation is a 3.5. It isn't quite great,

but it definitely is interesting.



The major fault of this record is that it doesn't do a fantastic job balancing the lighter elements

with the more aggressive bits.

pmmets07
March 2nd 2013


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

review is correct.

DirEnRefused
March 2nd 2013


2341 Comments


Temporary streams of a week + are long enough for most people to hear it and form opinions.

One listen is enough to hear it and form an opinion. Is Sputnik now moderating initial impressions?

LilLioness
March 2nd 2013


2952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"One listen is enough to hear it and form an opinion. Is Sputnik now moderating initial impressions?"



Of course. It is not objective or something.

TheNexus100
March 2nd 2013


2696 Comments


shut up

mindleviticus
March 2nd 2013


8534 Comments


still haven't listened

mindleviticus
March 2nd 2013


8534 Comments


good to see you back skele, unless if you were here a while ago m/

mindleviticus
March 2nd 2013


8534 Comments


OG MICHAEL

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2013


16892 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

All I can see is two pages of this



http://oi45.tinypic.com/2dmh6b5.jpg



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