Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


3.5
great

Review

by JaredFeldman0404 USER (1 Reviews)
March 18th, 2013 | 139 replies | 3,089 views


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not for fans of the previous shit that was BMTH, but more-so for fans of singing, emotional charged lyrics, and post-rock influenced metalcore. This album isn't quite worthiy of a 4, but is great in its improvement on the past releases, which were purely

A wise man once showed me the secret to the evolution of music, rock music in particular. He said "Over time, rock music will continually switch from being about the message behind it, to revolving around the true talent of the artists. Neither of the two is more right or wrong than the other, but that is the natural progression of [rock music]."

While that is a perfect description, there are some degrees to which an artist can succeed or fail when attempting to create music to fit the current standard of the respective time. In the past, the UK's Bring Me The Horizon has fallen flat on their faces in attempts to see mainstream success and to develop a fan base other than the usual "Hot Topic Breakfast Club." However, as reluctant as I was to listen to another release from what I had previously dubbed "an abysmal excuse for a metalcore band," I listened to Sempiternal. What I heard was not typical of BMTH, nor typical of most of the Hot Topic elevator music that one can hear from the next 3 stores over in any mall in the country. What I heard was new, emotionally-driven rock music, with hints of metalcore influences (e.g: breakdowns, screamed vocals). It seems that a transformation has come for this band, and it's definitely a step in the right direction.

The album opens up with a very tasteful electronic synth melody, and a powerful vocal delivery on "Can You Feel My Heart." Something to be noticed here is the new approach front-man Oli Sykes has taken to his vocals. Gone are the days of screeching and death-growls, as we now hear emotionally charged guttural yell/screams, accompanied by a new found passionate singing element. The vocal performance on this album is, aside from the change in overall style, the main point that contributed to the major improvement that is Sempiternal.

Overall, the change in style from BMTH is a great one; transforming from a band that relied on fast-paced blast beats and vocals that could be likened to the sounds of a cat being placed into a blender, into a powerful rock/metal blend. There are still overused and cliche generic metal concepts in Sempiternal: chug patterns, breakdowns, and overuse of the word "***," but the pros definitely outweigh the cons in the big picture. The album has its great high points; singing, non-formulaic song structure, (mostly) emotional and well written lyrics, but it is not perfect. Each of the songs on the album are, for the most part, memorable and meaningful. However, there is still a song that seems to have been written for the fans of their earlier work, "Anti-Vist," in which Oli opens with "Middle fingers up, if you don't give a ***." This song is just pure aggression, with no lyrical sense of maturity of creativity shy of what an angry middle-school anarchist could write, coupled with the inclusion of the ever popular "cunt," for extra vulgarity. The album closes on a high note, however, in the apex-building "Hospital for Souls," arguably the most passionate, emotional song on the record. Where "Anti-Vist" basked in immaturity, "Hospital for Souls" nearly makes up for it in depth and powerful lyricism. The album opens, and closes on a high note, which- to a degree- shadows the mishaps that occur in between the bookends.

Overall, BMTH has progressed in leaps and bounds from the terrible albums that were Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season, and become a band that has some serious potential, if they continue to improve in the direction they seem to be heading.


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zxlkho
March 17th 2013


3463 Comments


"post-rock influenced"

Seriously where does this come from? There is absolutely no post-rock in this album whatsoever.

sixdegrees
March 17th 2013


17039 Comments


^^^

Digging: Foreground Eclipse - Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights

CaptainHadouken
March 17th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You might actually want to listen to the album a bit more.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

damn

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers

RosaParks
March 18th 2013


14900 Comments


this sounds just like god is an astronaut

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

there's a bit in Hospital for Souls but other than that yeah not much post rock at all

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

bring me the astronaut! black sky

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I kind of want to give this album a 2 but then I'm going to have to give all their other albums a 1 because this is such a huge improvement


RosaParks
March 18th 2013


14900 Comments


who cares about ratings anyway besides acad

Asdfp277
March 18th 2013


1088 Comments


^wouldn't that mean ur ratings need a fix? edit: @trebor17

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

people goin' keep reviewing it

i mean we need at least 20 reviews for this, and at least 10 of them have to say the same thing

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

After my review then we can stop

Asdfp277
March 18th 2013


1088 Comments


will it say the same thing?

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

let's keep it a secret hahah puns

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"but more-so for fans of singing"

No my review will not be like this

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's really depressing how many ratings this shit has already like fuck have they even heard Doolittle

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

probably not

RosaParks
March 18th 2013


14900 Comments


ive heard doolittle this is better

ILJ
March 18th 2013


6669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you take that back motherfucker

RosaParks
March 18th 2013


14900 Comments


doolittle is like a 2.3 at best and this is a 4.7



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