Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arkaik USER (4 Reviews)
July 14th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: .

Sempiternal could essentially be seen as the culmination of every album Bring Me The Horizon has put out to date. This is a release that certainly has everything that their fans could possibly have asked for (and a lot more besides) but is also clearly an album that aims to change the opinions of the vast amount of haters this band has picked up across their four album career. This album was put out in 2013 to a mass fanfare of excitement across pretty much the board, so it could be said that the band accomplished what they aimed to achieve on this release.

The songs are quite a varied bunch, from the fast-paced metalcore numbers such as The House Of Wolves, Anti-Vist and Crooked Young to the Linkin Park-sounding hit single Sleepwalking and the more progressive sounding song The Snakes Start To Sing. Variety is something this album could definitely never be accused of being devoid of, and the tracks themselves are fairly strong for the most part. Can You Feel My Heart starts off with some glitch electronics before moving into a softer section featuring much more melodic clean singing from Oliver Sykes, showing off one of many new bells and whistles that Sempiternal brings to the table. Following this there are two faster songs (including a fantastic breakdown on Empire), before we are given two more commercial tracks in Sleepwalking and Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake. The listener is then kicked in the face again by the pinched harmonic infested single Shadow Moses, before the two best tracks here (And The Snakes Start To Sing and Seen It All Before) lead into the low point of the album (Anti-Vist). So, yeah, this is a roller coaster release from BMTH.

The guitar work is effective but nothing original, with the high pitched notes in the chorus of The House Of Wolves standing out as one of the better moments here. The faster riffs to this release contain a massive amount of hardcore influence and are near enough indistinguishable from their previous album, whilst the slower moments usually follow the formula set down by the chorus of The House Of Wolves. Breakdowns here are as frequent as ever, but they are better placed and better utilized so as to actually allow the energy of the band to be channeled better. Anti-Vist is really the only track here that contains any musical disappointment to be honest, but this isn't an album that will make history. The lyrical content primarily focuses on Oli's struggles with depression throughout his life and it perfectly compliments his newer vocal style. Throughout this album one will encounter moments that will seem like a throw back to their past album vocally, but for the most part the screams are kept to a lesser amount in favor of some much nicer clean vocals that suit this album startlingly well. Bring Me The Horizon did the impossible here and actually put out a fantastic album that has something for everyone.


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

    Jared Ponton STAFF (4)
    pontificating sempiternal, there is a hell believe me i live it...

    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)
    Metal for the punk lovers hooray!...

    Robert Garland (2)
    In a world where music is more opinionated than politics, one band releases an album that ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Azn.
July 14th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

holy fuck stop reviewing this



PS: I love your summary

fish.
July 14th 2013


22439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

other reviews of this album has been broken

BenjoJames
July 14th 2013


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that Kaya Scodelairo fish?

Cormano
July 14th 2013


997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how many times will skele review this?

JS19
July 14th 2013


5046 Comments


Ctrl F 'post rock'. 0 results. FINALLY A GOOD REVIEW

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TooLateToGoBack
July 14th 2013


1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Is that Kaya Scodelairo fish?"



shit, forgot the final season of skins started

Cygnatti
July 14th 2013


26478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

guys this was released three months ago!!~!

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ChopSuey
July 14th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NICE! Another review of this

JS19
July 14th 2013


5046 Comments


I think we can all agree this was needed

yourmindsdecide
July 14th 2013


57 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

For the love of god, will you bite your tongue before we make you swallow it.

Seriously, can people stop reviewing this, If you are only mildly interested in this type of music you couldn't avoid Sempiternal until now.

JS19
July 14th 2013


5046 Comments


'For the love of god, will you bite your tongue before we make you swallow it.'

Wow, you'd better watch it everyone. This guy means business

Arkaik
July 14th 2013


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah its great.

Azn.
July 14th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Ctrl F 'post rock'. 0 results. FINALLY A GOOD REVIEW"



I chuckled

sonictheplumber
July 14th 2013


5685 Comments


crazy high ratings

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SlMBOLlC
July 14th 2013


5551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

" So, yeah, this is a roller coaster release from BMTH."



I hate that line passionately

Cygnatti
July 14th 2013


26478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

jam this instead, guys. plz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgqhn_mx-lE











































































plz

fish.
July 14th 2013


22439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that Kaya Scodelairo fish?


yeah

fish.
July 14th 2013


22439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit, forgot the final season of skins started


just 4od that shit

Cygnatti
July 14th 2013


26478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

PlZ guys.

sixdegrees
July 14th 2013


19101 Comments


pls respond

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