Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2013 | 118 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a world where music is more opinionated than politics, one band releases an album that does absolutely nothing to transcend the beliefs of fans and those who were expecting nothing more.

Sempiternal, an album doubtless to receive the praise from loyal devotees, mixing the praise with numerous accounts of evolution backed up only by the fact that Bring Me The Horizon have done nothing to answer their critics. It’s 2013, and Bring Me The Horizon have released yet another album that drips in a viability known only to the band’s long-time fans. Not only does Sempiternal miss the point completely but, for this (at this point) infamous metalcore act, it also doesn’t improve on what the band has to offer, on almost all facets, across the board. Let’s push aside the loving fan base, dispose of the wagon full of despising haters and buckle down to business. Bring Me The Horizon have neither regressed into a low point, nor have they built any steam, improving on what they have already displayed. It seems this British five-piece are defining ‘steadily disappointing’ and walking around the revolving door of monotony. To sum the record up as a whole, the terms; generic and uninspiring come to mind but there’s something about the resilient nature of the band that empowers the fan-base and inspires, especially considering the fact that Bring Me The Horizon are willing to gate crash the party over and over again, only to be shot down and thrown out. However, there is some credit to be given to a group that will pick themselves up, dust themselves off and release more mediocre material. Bring Me The Horizon’s 2013 release is as consistent as the band’s previous records.

Despite the countless back and forth between the divided opinions on the band, Bring Me The Horizon have brought a couple of ‘new’ features to their fourth studio full-length. Dabbling in electronica, Sempiternal lacks a cohesive design to bring both components together. More often than not, the two sections conflict and then collapse entirely under the weight of this added element. The intentions were obviously meant to be for good, but a poor execution presents a confused and tiresome listen, tied together with some highly forgettable hooks and instrumentation. Jordan Fish (of Worship fame), who added the keyboard/electronica sections for Sempiternal, collaborated largely with Bring Me The Horizon and talks are circling about his involvement in the band as a sixth full-time member. For those who like medieval torture, compare this record to the famed iron maiden, only the spikes have been removed replaced with rusty barbed wire; the imagery is simple to comprehend, it’s not going to get the job done as quick, and the listener is only going to be locked in a box to die from dehydration and malnutrition rather than the more effective method of blood loss from grievous wounds. Sempiternal, is a forty-five and a half minute of torture that, despite having a reasonable quality in the shape of opener ‘Can You Feel My Heart’, only loses steam fast as the record progresses.

The first half of the record, presents itself easily as the strongest material to be recorded on Sempiternal, it’s also shows the inclusion of Fish’s electronic work at its freshest point. Although at times, this aspect alone could be considered one of the records’ most damaging features, the added keyboard section shows a willingness to explore, adding to the album’s overall soundscape. Tracks like ‘House Of Wolves’ which combines up-tempo passages with glorified keyboard lead sections actually manage to reinforce the potential this specific combination could have. Make no mistake; there is something this time around that has seen Bring Me The Horizon develop. Unfortunately, Sempiternal is confused, floundering its way through the album’s overall run-time. Fans will undoubtedly see this change as the next coming of Christ but for what it’s worth, Bring Me The Horizon need to re-think the inclusion of the sounds they are not familiar with, before shaping them into something that could, in turn be great. Even the lyrical phrasing and context behind the word sheets leave little to the imagination. It’s simple, immature and unfortunately for the likes of Bring Me The Horizon – it doesn’t work. Breakdowns come and go throughout the album’s entity not really adding anything of substance to this already poor release, finishing before the listener can build up a decent head banging groove. The quasi riff sections often come and go making little to no impact, rather stale as a background noise. Sceptics are sure to jump on every single opportunity to discredit a group that keeps coming back, with or without examples to make a valid argument, but Bring Me The Horizon show in 2013, that they don’t necessarily need to listen to the labels (whom wanted the band to release an album “as heavy as they could”) to keep the fans happy (and maybe attract a new croud), especially considering that most fans will be happy with whatever tasteless dribble is supposedly forced down their young throats.



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Apollo
April 3rd 2013


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wanna neg

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Like sitting on nails.

joshieboy12345
April 3rd 2013


5371 Comments


A review l actually agree with.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


14726 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice going not giving a fuck there Joshie.

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joshieboy12345
April 3rd 2013


5371 Comments


Still no fucks given. Just wanted to say that l agree with this review.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


21454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yea hardly anyone would give a shit about it the only reason its getting so much attention is cause its bmth

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Ecnalzen
April 3rd 2013


6689 Comments


Never listened to this band before, and I thought this kind of sucked.

MO
April 3rd 2013


18863 Comments


nah its pretty terrible andcas

NightmareCinema16
April 3rd 2013


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

THANK YOU.

RosaParks
April 3rd 2013


14926 Comments


yw

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


14726 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review though Ipod, but I disagree with the idea they haven't improved, this is leaps and bounds ahead of Suicide Seaoson for example. Also, a lot of BMTH fans I've spoken to have said this is their worst album, which is actually what compelled me to listen to it, (because if BMTH fans hated it, at least it meant the band tried something different).

I do agree that the first half is stronger though, and some of the electronic elements didn't work. Imaginary pos m/

auberginedreams
April 3rd 2013


6056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they got worse between count your blessings and suicide season. then they got better with there is a hell.

sixdegrees
April 3rd 2013


17190 Comments


they've definitely improved

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Wanna neg


Um, I'm sorry ; [



SlMBOLlC
April 3rd 2013


5232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The second coming of the sempiternal review spam

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Can't say I agree with you Jac, I just figured they just changed the crap they play. It doesn't matter how much you sugar coat shit, it's still shit.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

At the risk of being unpopular, it's because i look for good music. Hospital for Souls was/is hugely generic, uninspired and dull. My Grandmother has the worst asthma and her coughing fits could easily be described "better metal than Hospital for Souls".

Sorry, just not doing it.

SlMBOLlC
April 3rd 2013


5232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Middle fingers up if you think andcas has the wrong rating XD

RosaParks
April 3rd 2013


14926 Comments


Sorry bro but I would really feed your ears to my two beautiful daughters.

Progger6009
April 3rd 2013


1123 Comments


I think the main improvement which is not even touched in this review are the vocals. I mean at least they are changing, as opposed to the other garbage mainstream metalcore that just gets worse, ie AA.



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