Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (97 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2013 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Middle fingers up, if you don't give a fuck about consistency

Bring Me The Horizon have always been classic underachievers. Their debut record Count Your Blessings is one of the least offensively bad deathsnore albums I've ever sat through, and it had some honest to God semi-interesting guitar riffs sprinkled throughout. But then they threw all that out the window and made a boring chugfest of an album with no real riffs that was Suicide Season. Next, they showed some signs of brilliance with their third record There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It, which had the impressive as all hell songs "It Never Ends" and "Crucify Me," which were surprisingly atmospheric and fun. Unfortunately, the rest of the album was yet another stale chug fest with nothing of interest going on. Now Bring Me The Horizon have been promising a post-rock magnum opus with their fourth album Sempiternal, but is it the experimental masterpiece we've all been hoping for? Well no, but it is a pretty good post-hardcore/ambient album that has its moments.

Sempiternal has a lot of potential, but its biggest fault is the less than stellar instrumentation. Sure the vocalist (whose name is eerily similar to the only move I can do on a skateboard) Oli Sykes is at the top of his game and doesn't sound tired and strained, and sure there are some catchy choruses, but it doesn't help much when complimented with meandering instrumentation. There's some nice atmospheric keyboard and the occasional strings sprinkled about, but the lack of any interesting guitar parts really brings the album down. This is especially true on the less ambient oriented tracks like "Shadow Moses" and "Anti-Vist." I'm sorry to break it to you guys, but playing two or three chug notes in an odd time signature does not constitute a riff.

Sempiternal opens with the refreshing "Can You Feel My Heart," which does a fantastic job of mixing post-hardcore with atmospheric and catchy keyboard, but Bring Me The Horizon pull a fast one on the listener and never really pull off this combination again. A lot of the rest of the record is by-the-numbers post-hardcore, like the decent tracks "The House of Wolves" and "Sleepwalking," but the rest is mostly boring background music. Besides the few stand-out tracks, Sempiternal is a string of boring ambient tracks that don't really go anywhere. I'm happy that Bring Me The Horizon decided to experiment a bit, but making compelling ambient music is really hard and not something you can just jump into after so many years of making generic metalchore.

Bring Me The Horizon are at their best when they take their time and put their faith in the almightily build up, like in the spine tingling "Snakes Start To Sing," and the surprisingly great closer "Hospital For Souls." Both songs are pretty slow, and both cross the five minute mark, but most importantly both songs are well written songs, a quality most other Bring Me The Horizon songs do not have.

Sempiternal has its great moments, like the refrain of "brick by brick by brick" and the surprisingly effective breakdown in "The House of Wolves," but these few great moments are strung together by average songwriting and failed attempts at ambience. A few stand-out tracks and the occasional signs of brilliance make for a good record, but not a great one. It took Bring Me The Horizon four albums to make something good, but hey that's progress. Let's hope they have what it takes to finally make a great album next time.



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    Mall (3)
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  • G.M.B. (3)
    Bring Me the Horizon try some new things, with mixed results....

    Jaime Silva (4)
    With Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon have transcended their deathcore label and finally ...

    dragoth (4)
    Fourth try lucky for Oli Sykes and company...

    SuicidalPrincess (4)
    Something old (Anti-vist), something new (clean-singing), something borrowed (post-rock), ...

  • BenjoJames (4)
    Featuring elements of ambient, post-rock, experimental production and even melodic vocals,...

    Drubbi (4.5)
    Bring Me The Horizon hit the right notes to create a career-defining album....

    ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin (5)
    THIS IS... SEMPITERNAL... and surprisingly it is an absolutely perfect album....

    bigdickedguy (4)
    A band that has grown leaps and bounds but is still held back by some immature moments...

  • comebacktome (3)
    meh...

    amberasyylum (2)
    "Give me a reason to start again"... No thank you, Sempiternal, it is fine, you have been ...

    Alienhell (2)
    At least you tried....

    KotaHodge (4.5)
    All in all, this a GREAT album. Every album since "Count Your Blessings" has shown signs o...

  • JaredFeldman0404 (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


51165 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

If this was a 4 or 5 song EP it would easily be in the range of 3.5-4

demigod!
April 2nd 2013


46327 Comments


i think that if this band dropped the fucking chugs, they could do some great things.

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apert
April 2nd 2013


3134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

in 2020 they'll be releasing classics

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


51165 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Bring me the guy who can write actual riffs

bach
April 2nd 2013


13627 Comments


Nice review. This has convinced me to actually give this a spin.

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cagedescending
April 2nd 2013


4124 Comments


pos

still nt gna listen to this

NapalmCrusader
April 2nd 2013


1737 Comments


Album is ok, tracks like Snakes Start To Sing are very good, others like the antivist are childish and lame.

NeoSpaz
April 2nd 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice one treb

TheNexus100
April 2nd 2013


2696 Comments


god its not even close to a good album jesus

SlMBOLlC
April 2nd 2013


5322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

HOLY FUCK TREBOR IS ROBERT BACKWARDS

Azn.
April 2nd 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review number 25 is now up and running



nice review, but I wish they'd delete the shitty fanboyish ones

Calc
April 2nd 2013


12566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't get the ambient stuff people talk about even though the band said they were trying to do post rock stuff. But thats prolly cuz i've never heard anything else from these guys.



Anyway prolly the best review I've read from you treb.

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NocteDominum
April 2nd 2013


7193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

HOLY FUCK TREBOR IS ROBERT BACKWARDS












O-M-G!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


22342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

correct rating

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NocteDominum
April 2nd 2013


7193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

correct rating




Hmmm...



Maybe I can change your mind.

Adabelle
April 2nd 2013


4265 Comments


Cool.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


51165 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"I don't get the ambient stuff people talk about even though the band said they were trying to do post rock stuff. But thats prolly cuz i've never heard anything else from these guys."



They claimed they were doing post-rock, but I don't really get a post-rock vibe at all except for maybe the last track. It's more atmosphere and ambience I'd say





"Anyway prolly the best review I've read from you treb."



gaw thanks

Cygnatti
April 2nd 2013


23935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

(whose name is eerily similar to the only move I can do on a skateboard)



hehe

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TooLateToGoBack
April 2nd 2013


1791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review.

NeoSpaz
April 2nd 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mine is hovering between 2.5 and 2



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