Review Summary: meh
Bring Me The Horizon. The same band that released Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season. It may sound unthinkable to some but this band has finally released an album that is worth listening to. In place of the samey and repetitive sound of their past albums the band has pulled a magnificently varied album out of nowhere, albeit one that is flawed. Sempiternal is a metalcore album with influences of other genres such as dubstep that actually manages to sound complete despite how disjointed parts of it are.
The best thing about the album this time is the vocal work, with some great clean singing found on songs such as Sleepwalking and And The Snakes Start To Sing, whilst the screaming is a lot more intense than in the past as the House Of Wolves shows. Sadly this is let down by the fact that the lyrical content is often rather stagnant and ridiculous with lines such as "F*ck your faith" and "Your not a shepherd, your just a sheep". The album also suffers from the fact that at times there is just a feeling of them ripping off other bands such as Sleepwalking which would not feel out of place on a Linkin Park album. The album had two singles released off of it of which only one really gives the feel of this album and that is Shadow Moses which is alright although it drags on a little and the chorus gets irritating.
When this album works however it really works. The opening song, Can You feel My Heart, is a very strong number that has elements of dubstep in it and some decent lyrics (one of the only times on Sempiternal this will be found) with the section where Oli sings "I can't drown my demons, they know how to swim". The House Of Wolves and Sleepwalking both have some very well done breakdowns that actually add a whole lot to the songs instead of the monotonous chugga-chugga the band has used for breakdowns on songs such as Pray For Plagues. Hospital For Souls and And The Snakes Start To Sing have great vocal performances that carry them through despite the fact they are a little too long. Seen It All Before is probably my favorite song off this album due to its amazing vocal performance and the chorus that is emotional and catchy.
Sadly there is some unnecessary nostalgia for their prior albums here in the form of Anti-Vist. This song has monotonous hardcore-punk influenced riffing and the worst excuse for lyrics ever (You could say im a fool who stands for nothing, i say your a cunt), and the vocals are god-awful. Oli attempts to clean sing the line "there will be no peaceful revolution" and at this point you will no doubt want to throw whatever you are listening to this album on at a wall. This album also falls flat in memorability as many of the songs you will listen to and not remember anything about them five minutes later. The riffing could also have been improved as many of them sound too generic and boring.
Bring Me The Horizon released an above average metalcore album for sure, but as Insurrection's sound-off states, way too many ***s were given.