Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


3.5
great

Review

by theNateman USER (17 Reviews)
September 1st, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metal for the punk lovers hooray!

Let's make one thing clear before I begin. I don't like normally like heavy metal. I am a pop punk, melodic, rock n' roll, sing along song kind of guy. I enjoy the occasional mosh session, but for the most part, heavy metal is not included in my music repertoire. Hear me out though. The bands of the metal genre who catch my ears are usually those who are find a melodic side and lyrical intensity that i like. In the past, I have ran from releases from bands like Suicide Silence, a Touring Mate of Bring me the Horizon. Despite my initial misgivings on the entirety of the genre, I checked this album out, and surprising no one more than I, I found this album to be immensely enjoyable.

Bring me the Horizon are traditionally deathcore, heavy metal, screamo, etc band. But in this album, they diverge from their original sound so much, that it's hard to believe that the youthful, raucous, and chaotic band that released "Count Your Blessings" is the same band. As of recent, BMTH have created a sound that is more Ambient Rock, or Post-Rock than deathcore. Tracks like "Can You Feel My Heart" and "Sleepwalking" feel more focused on the songwriting and melody, rather than the chaotic and hard hitting guitar riffs. Other Tracks, like "Antivist" and "House of Wolves" crank up the heaviness and speed a few notches each. These track and bring on the heavy sound without sounding too chaotic or headache inducing. With lines like "the only kingdom you'll ever see is 2 foot wide and six foot deep" screamed with such intensity, it's hard for me not to sit back and go "damn. that's crazy stuff there."

Standout track "Shadow Moses" is probably the single most effective track that BMTH have put together as of yet. Oli's vocals are equal parts brain numbingly catchy and blisteringly intense. Lyrically his output is pretty darn good, offering some brilliant lines, but never pushing his limits; Oli knows what he's good at and he sticks to it, putting up his best material to date. The Guitars are fast and crushing, yet still melodic enough to bring return listeners of lighter music. The Chorus is catchy, and will become engrained in your head for hours. Album Closer "Hospital for Souls" is probably the best closing track i have heard this year. It transitions from ambient to crushing, to melodic, then in your face in a concise six minute passage. Lyrically, it has Oli's highest standard of writing. The backing instruments are brilliant. Every member of the band plays off each other highlighting each other's strengths and downplaying their weaknesses. This is my favorite track from the album.

Overall, this record is Bring Me The Horizon's most accessible album. Many old fans will abandon the band for "selling out", but it's a loss they can take. If they "Sold out" then they did so while creating an album that many would enjoy. The Drumming is tight and vicious throughout. The Guitars play like heavier Saosin meets Metallica. Oli's got a distinctive voice. The bass however is nonexistent, following the guitars to make them sound heavier. the Post Rock bits were deeply effective, and helped the band's sound to feel mature and fresh, even if the riffs sounded a little bit samey. Good effort from Oli Sykes and Co.



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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...

    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...

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


Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2013


32001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Let's make one thing clear before I begin. I don't like normally like heavy metal. I am a pop punk, melodic, rock n' roll, sing along song kind of guy. I enjoy the occasional mosh session, but for the most part, heavy metal is not included in my music repertoire. Hear me out though. The bands of the metal genre who catch my ears are usually those who are find a melodic side and lyrical intensity that i like. In the past, I have ran from releases from bands like Suicide Silence, a Touring Mate of Bring me the Horizon. Despite my initial misgivings on the entirety of the genre, I checked this album out, and surprising no one more than I, I found this album to be immensely enjoyable.




This is irrelevant in a review

intotheshit
September 1st 2013


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Everything in this review is irrelevant.

Artuma
September 1st 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lmao the first paragraph

Digging: Soda Bomb - Wanna Jam?

theNateman
September 1st 2013


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Deviant, thanks for pointing that out. will be more concise with my following reviews.

intotheshit
September 1st 2013


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How about just not writing any more? That would benefit everyone, not just you.

theNateman
September 1st 2013


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

at least i'm trying. no harm done.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2013


32001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Play nice pit

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2013


51499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Bring me the Horizon are traditionally deathcore, heavy metal, screamo, etc band."



ahhh one of those OK

intotheshit
September 1st 2013


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

But it's no fun playing nice when I'm drunk!

Kman418
September 1st 2013


12213 Comments


best review ever maybe

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theNateman
September 1st 2013


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Trebor -i was writing for those who are unfamiliar with the band and looking into them. just as i was before getting into the album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2013


32001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I think he was referring more to the "etc" side of things than anything else

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2013


51499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Damn Dev 3.2



SirDazza28
September 1st 2013


425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too many reviews for this album. O_O

DrGonzo1937
September 1st 2013


10502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First paragraph is awful.

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SharkEthic
September 1st 2013


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're neither heavy-metal nor screamo, and calling their sound more "Ambient Rock, or Post-Rock than deathcore" is ridiculous.

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ThenamesTrenton
September 1st 2013


88 Comments


Cool review, but I see there's too many reviews for this album.

DrGonzo1937
September 1st 2013


10502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ambient lol not a chance

fish.
September 1st 2013


22391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn Dev 3.2


Justifies my ridiculous score

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fish.
September 1st 2013


22391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i might bump down



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