Review Summary: A fantastic and highly varied display of metalcore mixed with other ideas that comes together beautifully
Hailing from a large city in the UK by the name of Sheffield, Bring Me The Horizon are one of the most well-known acts in metal today. Having initially rose to prominence through their deathcore debut and the music video that accompanied single Pray for Plagues, the band has since softened out their sound considerably and tweaked it until they found the perfect balance between melody and aggression. It was on their third studio album that the band could finally find themselves confident in their sound, and this is where many consider them to have hit their peak.
The album is entitled There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It and contains all the staples of the metalcore genre whilst branching out and incorporating electronic elements and softer segments of their songs to give off a much more melodic feel. The guitar riffs are fast and furious, packing a whole lot of bite to them as is evidenced all the way through this album, ripping their past material to shreds just with the sheer anger that fuels them. There is a lot of hardcore influence to the guitar work on this record and it helps to diversify their sound from their past two studio albums a lot. The other instruments are seldom pedestrian either, with the opening song in particular showing off a marvelous display of speed-based drumming, whilst fan favorite It Never Ends contains a really nice bass line during the chorus.
Among the most widely discussed aspects of Bring Me The Horizon's music is the vocal performances of Oliver Sykes and his rapidly eroding ability to scream with the same intensity as he did upon their debut release. Thankfully, he pours his soul into this album with some of the most unhinged and crazed shrieks of sheer torment in their career. Whilst his screams are not the most tasteful to the ear, they push this experience into a new frontier altogether, especially when one consults the lyrics that Oliver is bombastically thrusting upon the listeners. These song's lyrics dip in and out of the barrel of heartbreak and emotional hurt to draw up a pain-ridden landscape of sheer hatred, and it works so well on here. This album also features a couple of guest appearances, with the most noteworthy being electro-pop singer Lights, who makes more than one contribution to this record.
The song craft here is far and away the best in their career, showing just enough difference in style to maintain someone's interest throughout the entire fifty one minute duration. Don't Go is a track that will tear at the heart strings of even the most emotionally stable listener with Lights' magnificent contribution, delivering many lyrics and playing neatly off of Oliver's demented shrieks. Meanwhile, some of the more bezerk and frantic numbers here such as Anthem keep up the band's knack of knowing how to write a fast paced kick to the teeth. Meanwhile, the second half of the album does not dip in quality at all in the way that Suicide Season did, with tracks like Alligator Blood, Home Sweet Hole and Blessed With A Curse instantly leaping out with their vast variety of musical assets to treat the listener with.
The two minor niggles with Bring Me The Horizon's third studio effort, no matter how titanic an effort it is, are the production and the instrumental song. Memorial is more of a three minute interlude than anything else that provides a little breathing space between two hard hitting cuts but does little more than that and would have been better suited to either opening up or closing off this release. The production is rather lackluster, with the guitar tones ensuring that many of the riffs feel a little repetitive, no matter how well performed they are, and the drums sound too flat. With these factors taken into consideration, Bring Me The Horizon's There Is A Hell album is their second best, lagging slightly behind their most recent effort but not by much.