Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


4.0
excellent

Review

by AtBRareform USER (3 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2013 | 327 replies | 15,175 views


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Continual progression.

46 of 48 thought this review was well written

Bring Me the Horizon started out as a very different group from the one you hear today. Formed in 2004, they were a band that had a primarily deathcore sound; “Count Your Blessings” was a mediocre debut that really did nothing but rehash central tenets of the genre it was within. As time went on though, the band’s sound began to mature. “Suicide Season,” although nothing to write home about, saw the band exploring more versatility with their song writing. Needless to say, when 2010 came around many people were surprised by the band’s third album “There is a Hell…”; it was the first album where Bring Me the Horizon actually began to have a distinct sound. Now with “Sempiternal,” the band have carved out their own sound, and shown what they are truly capable of.

“Sempiternal” is a very electronic-influenced album. Although guitarist Lee Malia alluded to the fact that the album would have post-rock influences, electronic influences are really what abound on this album. This is all thanks to the band's new programmer/keyboardist Jordan Fish. Fish’s influence is evidenced throughout the entire album, from the impassioned opener “Can You Feel My Heart?” all the way through to the melancholy “Hospital of Souls.” His beautiful flourishes add a haunting ambiance to the album, showcased in tracks such as “Sleepwalking” and “Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake.” The album would not be the same without him.

This is not to undermine the rest of the instrumentation on the album. Malia definitely manages to keep the listener engaged; somber guitar parts throughout help to underline the general theme of the album, and well-phrased solos show that he definitely knows how to handle his instrument. “The House of Wolves” is a good example of this; while it hearkens back to Bring Me the Horizon’s older works it shows a lot of instrumental improvement. Bassist Matt Kean and drummer Matt Nicholls are both excellent as well; as the band’s sound has matured the band members have really been able to showcase their capabilities.

This leaves us with Oliver Sykes. Sykes has improved tremendously on this album, showing that he is capable of much more than previous works ever indicated. His singing on “Sempiternal” really highlights the emotional turmoil of the album; it evokes a deep feeling of sadness. Sykes’ lyricism has also markedly improved; it is interesting to see the lyrical transition from “There is a Hell…” to “Sempiternal.” While “There is a Hell...” seemed to hold religious undertones, “Sempiternal” is an anti-religious album; clear examples being “F*** your faith” from “Crooked Young” and “I’ll bow for your king when he shows himself” from “The House of Wolves.” These sentiments are littered throughout the album, providing for an interesting lyrical theme. The only lyrically and musically disappointing song on the album is “Anti-vist,” providing unrequited nostalgia for Bring Me the Horizon’s older works.

All in all, “Sempiternal” is an excellent album that really showcases what Bring Me the Horizon can do. The addition of programmer/keyboardist Jordan Fish really helped to bring the band’s sound together, as did continued maturation on the other band members’ parts. “Sempiternal” will help to remove negative connotations surrounding the band, while keeping old fans interested in the band’s impressive progression.


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Kris.
March 2nd 2013



12230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

best review of this so far, have a pos!

AtBRareform
March 2nd 2013



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know there are a few reviews on this already, but I didn't really agree with any of them. Any constructive criticism is appreciated; it's only my second review.

AtBRareform
March 2nd 2013



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2013



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Nothing like having 4 bmth threads on the front page

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Kris.
March 2nd 2013



12230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

please don't

zxlkho
March 2nd 2013



3460 Comments


stop fucking reviewing this shit

pissbore
March 2nd 2013



9935 Comments


agreed

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2013



23800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh god this is going to make our year end list isn't it?

god fucking damnit

AtBRareform
March 2nd 2013



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't agree with the other reviews. I wanted to give some input.

tresm87
March 2nd 2013



709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yea Jordan Fish really improved them

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NeroCorleone80
March 2nd 2013



28668 Comments


We need a negative review of this

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Calc
March 2nd 2013



12114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

GREY FOX!!!!!

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zxlkho
March 2nd 2013



3460 Comments


we don't need a negative review of this

we need the hype to go away

NeroCorleone80
March 2nd 2013



28668 Comments


"GREY FOX!!!!!"

No such thing

zxlkho
March 2nd 2013



3460 Comments


hopefully it doesn't sound like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=ILqnVPdormc

xist
March 2nd 2013



171 Comments


Is Weinhofen actually credited for music on this album? Syke's twitter comment seems to indicate he's not on it. Kind of a big error if so.

https://twitter.com/olobersyko/status/305963321616642048

AtBRareform
March 2nd 2013



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I'm not really sure. It's kinda shrouded in controversy. You're right, he's not credited though. I'll edit the review to reflect that.

apert
March 2nd 2013



2995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

holy shit 4th review already. i need to ready mine

Scoot
March 2nd 2013



17711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hopefully this gets troll rated into oblivion

Scoot
March 2nd 2013



17711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

because it would be funny



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