Bring Me the Horizon
Sempiternal


4.5
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Review

by Drubbi USER (11 Reviews)
November 12th, 2013 | 44 replies | 2,358 views


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring Me The Horizon hit the right notes to create a career-defining album.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Ever since ‘Count Your Blessings’ was released, Bring Me The Horizon have never stuck to the same formula, with there being a hit (‘There Is A Hell…’) and a miss (‘Suicide Season’). So when they announced the various influences they had for the upcoming ‘Sempiternal’, many were curious. Not only had they completely left all of their old sound behind, but had put together some ideas that could work extremely well.

The best thing is; Bring Me The Horizon have completely disregarded their Grindcore elements off of their first couple of albums, and brought an element of Metalcore, mixed with Post-rock. In short, they’ve created what is to be a defining record in their careers.

Everything has changed, whether it be the tone of the songs, the various instrumentals thrown into the mix, or just the overall sound of Sempiternal. Everything has been ramped up, much to the listener’s delight. The various keyboard sounds that are intertwined with each song, whether they be subtle or extremely important to the overall feel of the song. Opening song ‘Can You Feel My Heart’ uses various keyboard sounds and various effects to leave a lasting impression on the listener. This song sets up the album perfectly, adding a moody affair to the album.

Although Oli’s voice has decreased in ferocity ever since ‘There Is A Hell…’, it adds more variety to the album. He does still provide his distinguishable scream, but takes away much of the punch it had to give the album the mood it deserves. He also provides very interesting and well-performed clean vocals, which complement the overall feel of the album.

The way the guitars are perfectly blended with the electronic influences just make it that much better. Bass is, for the most part, able to be heard if the listener tries hard enough, but can be lost in the various constant blend of everything. The subtle effects are enjoyable, and complement the song they’re added to. Drums are a step ‘down’ when compared to their earlier work, but the drums don’t need as much of a performance to work well with each song.

The album never backs down from start to finish, unlike other Metalcore albums. The usual ‘strong start, mediocre finish’ associated with the average Metalcore album need not apply here. Although not many care for Oli’s various thoughts on religion, ‘The House Of Wolves’ is still a decent song in it’s own right, having a heavy feel than others on the record. ‘Antivist’ is a full-blown attack at religion, and seems a bit unneeded.

Songs like ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’ more than make up for this, adding more ambience, and fuel even more emotion for the album. ‘Sleepwalking’ is a nice catchy and semi-heavy piece. The best is saved for last however, with album-closer ‘Hospital For Souls’ ending the album with Oli’s voice perfectly blending in with the mixture of the backing band, with the idea of Oli ‘having everything he ever wanted’ very reminiscent of a drug addiction confession.

Overall, Bring Me The Horizon have crafted what will be regarded as one of the highlights of not only their career, but for the genre they have taken up. The album is amazing from start to finish, and the various uses of electronic pieces and moody sound effects perfectly complements the voice of not only Oli, but the voice of the various instruments performed by the backing band.


Positives:
+ Completely disregard their earlier sound
+ Electronic elements help with the overall mood
+ Oli’s vocals fit perfectly with the tone of the album
+ The backbone of the band are still there, and intertwine with the songs perfectly

Negatives
- The bass and drums are sometimes lost in the mix, but are still audible.

Best Four:
> Can You Feel My Heart
> Sleepwalking
> And The Snakes Start To Sing
> Hospital For Souls



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Drubbi
November 12th 2013



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I tried to write this review in a first-person view at first, but just stuck to the writing style presented here. Feedback is much appreciated.

Nocturnal
November 12th 2013



1329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very meh album. Count Your Blessings is still their best work.

slidenslip
November 12th 2013



1016 Comments


nice reccomendations, they appeal to my 12 year old angst

Progger6009
November 12th 2013



1071 Comments


Not a bad review, may be a bit choppy with all the paragraph breaks.

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trainofconsequence
November 12th 2013



1422 Comments


Amazing album

DrGonzo1937
November 12th 2013



5245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very meh album. Count Your Blessings is still their best work.

Fucking lol

amanwithahammer
November 12th 2013



400 Comments


Thank goodness someone finally reviewed this

Drubbi
November 12th 2013



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol, I get negs just because of the stuff I review. I am 14 btw, so I'm still trying to find some decent music. Kind of moved away from this kind of music, and into some old thrash stuff, with a little math and jazz mixed in there.

Malenchanted
November 12th 2013



356 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

great album, this really didn't need another review at all though

Pheromone
November 12th 2013



3412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank goodness someone finally reviewed this [2]

no way is this a 4.5

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joshieboy12345
November 12th 2013



5370 Comments


Reviews, reviews everywhere.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2013



4930 Comments


The last thing this album needed was another review, especially one of this quality.

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zaruyache
November 12th 2013



5915 Comments


Bring Me The Horizon have completely disregarded their Grindcore elements off of their first couple of albums, and brought an element of Metalcore, mixed with Post-rock.

Say what now?

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LifeAsAChipmunk
November 12th 2013



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol grind core
Lol post rock

Emyay
November 12th 2013



5804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

don't review an album with this many reviews already, simple as that

Pheromone
November 12th 2013



3412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I should review Deja Entendu that'd be a good idea.

Emyay
November 12th 2013



5804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review made me lower my rating

Pheromone
November 12th 2013



3412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Can I make you lower your rating?

Emyay
November 12th 2013



5804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

with a little persuasion, probably

bloc
November 12th 2013



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn never realized how many reviews this has. It's amazing how this band garners so much attention from this site.

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