Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared Ponton STAFF
April 3rd, 2013 | 475 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: pontificating sempiternal, there is a hell believe me i live it

So apparently Bring Me the Horizon's anthem “It Never Ends” is about ever-bronchiti-inflicted frontman Oli Sykes' problems with fame and how people, namely his fans, want more than friendship from him, like sex and hot pictures. Big problem, right. But when we first heard the howling “every second, every minute, every hour, every day -- it never ends, it never ends” back in 2010, a believable tale about a struggle with addiction is what came to mind. Or, forgive the generalization of the interpretation, it sounded like a love fling even, err one-night stand, that became a never-ending obsession.

Nevermind that the song and much of Bring Me The Horizon's There is a Heaven, yada yada whatever title contained over-the-top scenecore gimics -- keyboards, backing choirs, tattoos, DEMONS; because the song sounded sincere. Sincere delivery. Sincere emotion. Sincere Sykes. And half the album carried that torch impressively well. “Don't Go” had an appearance from hottie Lights. “Crucify Me” may go down as the most pulse-pounding song about being an ocean (?) that I've ever heard. And “Blessed With A Curse” still turns all its listeners to stone -- cue that chorus, baby. Half the album, being the key phrase though. Bring Me Horizon had yet to release a consistent record, improvement and progression aside.

With that in mind, it's easy to approach Sempiternal in a lazy manor: listen for the hits, skip over the normal chug songs, just like the last couple times. Yet you'll find much more than that when you actually listen to it. First impression reads Bring the Horizon have gone pop. True, they have. But you know what else that first impression will give you? Bring Me the Horizon have actually crafted a front-to-back album in their destined-to-be polarizing Sempiternal as well.

New full member Worship keyboardist Jordan Fish is all over this thing. His keys are the backbone of bookends “Can You Feel My Heart” and “Hospital For Souls”, and his chords lead most of the choruses to be found here. Speaking of choruses, though, Sempiternal is filled to the brim -- like in every song. Some are better than others: namely, the “Shadow Moses” and Jesse Lacey-esque “And the Snakes Start to Sing” pairing will be a marvel in scenecore for years to come. For the first time, Bring Me The Horizon feel very comfortable with the idea that they are a popular metalcore band, which makes this increase in melodic songwriting acceptable, but more importantly, very enjoyable. They aren't hiding behind these bull shit facades of being artisans of true music. They're just shooting for the arenas here.

Hell, I'd say they're even shooting for the radio here. “Snakes” is the kind of cross-over hit that could take Bring Me the Horizon -- and Sykes popularity insecurities, lol -- to the next level. It's got these easily relatable lyrics delivered in this open-to-intepretation, playing-opposites vehicle that could get even the more ADD Swift and Gaga fans to actually start thinking -- offense intended, by the way. Of course the melodies are infectious enough, and like “It Never Ends, it's sincere: a winner in every scenecore sense of the word.

I don't really care for Sykes views on religion in “Antivist” and “Crooked Young”. That's when he shows himself as a one-dimensional frontman and isn't playing to what Bring The Horizon is/has become/ing. He's more than that, and while I wouldn't mind him tackling the universal issue in the future, “fuck your faith” isn't the way to do it. Subtly is importantly, and since Sykes uses so much subtly with the rest of Sempiternal in his opposites-filled lyrical vehicle, it's confusing as to why he show's himself so nakedly here. Not exactly what his fans were asking for since "It Never Ends", eh?

But Sykes is still evolving and so is Bring Me the Horizon, so we can expect something even more powerful next time around, as is this band's trend. Yet for the next couple years, expect Sempiternal to be the new how-to-scenecore book for every aspiring band of their ilk out there. Respectable, poppy, and yes, even sincere, Bring Me the Horizon have finally released their first actual album.



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  • Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (3)
    Middle fingers up, if you don't give a fuck about consistency...

    Arkaik (4)
    ....

    AtBRareform (4)
    Continual progression....

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

  • Shamus248 (4)
    A unique sound, genuine craft, consistent tone. A huge step forward for this band....

    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)
    Not for fans of the previous shit that was BMTH, but more-so for fans of singing, emotiona...

    theNateman (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i hate reviewing

dimsim3478
April 3rd 2013


6607 Comments


And I hate you.

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Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

EVERYTHING I TOUCH TURNS TO STONE

CK
April 3rd 2013


6055 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Were you staff at one point? You frequent the site and write more frequently than other staffers

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i was but then may 2011 came

thumbcrusher
April 3rd 2013


3688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tell us more

AstroZombieDoyle
April 3rd 2013


94 Comments


this band...is bad

DanielNightLewis
April 3rd 2013


700 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They've slowly improved with each release but the best they can manage is average at best.

BigPleb
April 3rd 2013


42232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ha, thumb is pissed

Azn.
April 3rd 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

We...don't...need...more reviews...of this...

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


690 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is an alright review, I like the personal interpretation but it's kind of counter-productive at the same time. Also, in the second paragraph from the bottom I believe you meant "Crooked Young", not "Crooked Souls".

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

my world famous counter productive reviews

jmnewcomer18
April 3rd 2013


3680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"We...don't...need...more reviews...of this..."



Get...used...to...it...

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

how many emeritus reviews do we have?



one, thats right

jmnewcomer18
April 3rd 2013


3680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Ponton - i love your avatar rock on

BigPleb
April 3rd 2013


42232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Its no Attack! Attack!

jmnewcomer18
April 3rd 2013


3680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Its no Attack! Attack!"

Don't get me started lol

DrGonzo1937
April 3rd 2013


10508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sempiternal overload!

MarkTheDead
April 3rd 2013


690 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"how many emeritus reviews do we have?



one, thats right"



Exactly what I was thinking. We don't need anymore complaining about the damn reviews.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2013


10992 Comments


subtlety*

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