Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings


4.0
excellent

Review

by DragonHeartstring USER (48 Reviews)
June 8th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Count Your Blessings stands out among most deathcore as being considerably better written, with some cool riffing and the occasional great lead fill, as well as a far better vocal performance than on anything else the band has done, but is unfortunately p

Many people seem to have heard the name Bring Me The Horizon and almost everyone has one of two opinions on the band. They either absolutely worship the ground the band walks on, or else they consider them the largest abomination to touch the music industry aside from Asking Alexandria, Emmure and Blood On The Dance Floor. The band initially grew themselves a significant amount of people in each bracket for the release of their first single, Pray For Plagues, and the accompanying album, entitled Count Your Blessings. Ever since this album, the band seems to have never been able to recover their reputation, no matter what they do, despite the fact the album wasn't all that bad in the first place.

Ten songs make up this deathcore debut from Bring Me The Horizon, and whilst the majority of them follow the same structure (fast riffing, slow breakdowns, quick lead fills scattered throughout), they are a surprisingly strong set of songs. There are a few shorter cuts such as heavy instrumental track Slow Dance and A Lot Like Vegas, both of which have almost a grindcore song length, and there's even a clean instrumental that takes up the penultimate slot on the album. Only two tracks surpass the five minute mark, so the tracks are all relatively short and therefore easy enough to digest in a small space of time. This is also an album that is rather heavy for much of its duration, straight from the introduction of Pray For Plagues through to the closing minutes of Off The Heezay. So for those looking for just a good album to headbang mindlessly do, this should tick all the right boxes.

The riffs on Count Your Blessings are its strongest point by a long shot, and are incredibly strong for a deathcore outfit that is almost universally hated on. The guitar work here uses a lot of techniques, such as an influx of pinched harmonics on several songs, the occasional trill, many hammer-ons and pull-offs and some slow sweep picking in the solo to Pray For Plagues. This album primarily thunders along at a quick pace, but there is at least one breakdown per song (usually two or three) that helps break up the flow of the album and make it easier to take in, so as not to overwhelm the listener. Highlights in the guitar department would be the introductory section to Pray For Plagues, which straight away shows a good musical knowledge in how to write a fast but enjoyable riff; several of the riffs to Liquor & Love Lost, including the one at around 45 seconds, and the great use of hammer-ons throughout For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only.

The other members of the band do not slack on Count Your Blessings either, and this is perhaps Oli Sykes' finest hour. This is a far cry from the half-shouted style of screaming he would use on later albums, and he sounds more like a black metal vocalist than anything else for the majority of this. Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick gives a great inclination as to the monstrous presence that Oli provides behind the microphone on this release, whilst For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only shows off some great lows and even occasionally dips into the half-shouted style he uses on their other albums to a much better effect. The drumming is varied here, with some thrash beats, blast beats, groovier beats during the slower sections, and the usual breakdown beats that the guitars will follow during those sections very well. The bass is near enough inaudible, but it is there and with a trained ear it can be heard, and essentially just creates another backdrop for when the guitarists occasionally take a break from playing as fast as possible.

The main problem with Count Your Blessings is the exceedingly immature lyrical content, with lines such as "I'll take everything you f*cking bitch". What makes this even worse is that the last word carries over into a breakdown so as to put a greater emphasis on it, and it really detracts from the serious nature that the heavy tones would imply. "I will dance on your f*cking grave" is another perfect example of how immature Oli is throughout this record. He has a fascination with the use of the F-word and is not afraid to show it at every given moment. Other problems that could be highlighted is that this is not exactly original in any way, shape or form, and that the clean instrumental song does nothing for the album. The songs here still suffer from being breakdown infested but they are a lot better executed than many other deathcore bands could achieve and therefore sound a lot better.

Count Your Blessings is a fantastic debut from Bring Me The Horizon but unfortunately it is plagued by the immaturity throughout in the lyrical department. One thing that always perplexed me is the fact that the production here is as tight as can be, whilst on the follow-up album the production values were massively decreased, but that is neither here nor there. The riffs here are fantastically written, the other members of the band more than keep up the pace, and this is generally a great album for those just looking for a heavy and enjoyable selection of metal tunes.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FiveLeavesLeft
June 8th 2013


9838 Comments


inb4 the "rating is too high, neg" blah blah blah

JS19
June 8th 2013


4326 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Reads a bit clunkily skele

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

tempest--
June 8th 2013


13878 Comments


First of all, the summary gets cut off, so try shortening or re-wording that. The second paragraph is quite well written, save for the last two sentences, and the flow and coherence of the overall text is very good. Paragraphs don't drag on or seem like there's anything missing. I think you deserve a pos for this one.

"with a trained ear [the bass] can be heard"

You're probably going to have some trouble picking up the nuances of the music on your Apple earbuds ;-]

JS19
June 8th 2013


4326 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

> "Other problems that could be highlighted is that this is not exactly original in any way, shape or form, and that the clean instrumental song does nothing for the album"

> "What makes this even worse is that"

I think you need a bit more flow with your linking sentences - stuff like this sort of reads a bit like the dreaded 'Also'. Maybe try and link things a bit more smoothly?

> not afraid to show it at every given moment

I don't think you need the last bit of this sentence.

> "The band initially grew themselves a significant amount of people in each bracket for the release of their first single"

This doesn't make a huge amount of sense? maybe change the wording a little?

Otherwise it's not a bad review at all, just needs a bit of proofreading and refining.

EvoHavok
June 8th 2013


1444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like 'Black and Blue'.

Digging: At the Gates - At War with Reality

joshieboy12345
June 8th 2013


5371 Comments


Do you have a life skele?

joshieboy12345
June 8th 2013


5371 Comments


Do you have a life skele?

Vakarian12
June 8th 2013


3870 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I like Pray for Plagues cause nostalgia. Everything else is dreadful

Calc
June 8th 2013


12249 Comments


never give skele writing advice, you're wasting your time.

Digging: Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb

tempest--
June 8th 2013


13878 Comments


nah Calc do you even realise how much he's improved since the early days?

Calc
June 8th 2013


12249 Comments


I've noticed how much he's improved since I've been here is all. None.

not that its bad writing but its all the same things said and all the same problems in every one I've ever read at least. its kinda like giving a staff writer feedback, they'll thank you for it and brush it off lol

tempest--
June 8th 2013


13878 Comments


lol I guess.
I mean, he's never going to get contrib or anything, but it's always good just to get response/criticism on your work.

VinesOvThorn
June 8th 2013


198 Comments


Pray for plagues stands way above the rest on this album.

NapalmCrusader
June 8th 2013


1737 Comments


Lol, rating is too high

elbaliem
June 8th 2013


920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the rating is too damn high

ILJ
June 8th 2013


6708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

high, this rating is

Cormano
June 8th 2013


979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

neg

zaruyache
June 8th 2013


6856 Comments


"Count Your Blessings stands out among most deathcore"

No.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

ChopSuey
June 8th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this isn't bad or anything, its just really average at best if that makes any sense

ChopSuey
June 8th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

imo




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