Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings


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by xAnthx USER (1 Reviews)
November 13th, 2006 | 45 replies | 7,412 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring Me The Horizon has released an aggression-filled and technical album that is simply metal as fuck, catching everyone off guard with its sheer brutality, and I don't know what more to say about it except; Bitter, brutal, brilliant, not leaving my hea

2 of 9 thought this review was well written

Sheffielders Bring Me The Horizon have a lot of people that don't like them because of image. They get put off by thought of how "emo" they THINK they are. From the beginning track of Count Your Blessings (Pray for Plagues) you will be left ashamed at how wrong you were. It is like a brutal kick in the face that leaves you begging for more.

BMTH could have fooled me. With the name and the looks and the very traditional emo/core rise to power the opening riff and scream is bound to feel like a truck running 160 km/h just appearing out of nowhere and leveling the unwary listener. As if to make a statement about how metal this band actually is, the song continues to hammer at your ears with lightspeed thrash and vocals changing between aggresive screaming and brutal growling. Frontman Oliver Sykes sound a bit like Matt from Avenged Sevenfold did back on "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet" era, only more angry and more out of control, while whoever does the growls could have easily been the same person doing them on I Killed The Prom Queen's "Music For The Recently Deceased". "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick" continues along the same lines as the opener, and clues you in on the one thing about BMTH that might be considered a bit emo. That being the impression that at some point some girl(s) must have severely trampled some band member(s)' feelings, because lyrics on this record are mostly bitter, hateful and relentless assaults on some unknown 'bitch', demonstrated beyond any doubt on tracks like "For Stevie Wonders Eyes Only (which also goes by the name of 'Braile')" as well as on "(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa". Critical voices have mentioned, that this album might not be the most varied album ever, but while listening to it, the similarity of the tracks never really struck me as a downside. Maybe it's subjective, but I for one can easily endure AND enjoy the nine tracks of bitter thrash/hardcore/metalcore presented to me here, as it just seems to be delivered so God damn well and convincingly. And yes, I write nine tracks, because for some reason, the ninth track of the ten present is a two-minute acoustic instrumental piece, that will, by the time you get to it, sooth your ears, just before the final onslaught of "Off The Heezay". Again, I think it's rather subjective if you feel this kind of 'interlude' is fitting or annoying. I for one don't find it nearly as annoying as some of the stunts other metalcore bands have pulled off in the past, and to me, it does nothing to ruin my overall impression of the CD.


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  • DragonHeartstring (4)
    Count Your Blessings stands out among most deathcore as being considerably better written,...

    DirtBagDan (2)
    An album that starts off with a lot of potential but whittles it away with every passing m...

    Michael B. (1.5)
    Pray for plagues, indeed....

    Zipzop5565 (1)
    If you’re incredibly sick after a night of binge drinking, and need to regurgitate the t...

  • Chris Higgins (2.5)
    Boring and repetitive, yet filled with energy. Can Oli Syke's steal the show enough to mak...

    AntennaofVertebrae (4)
    One Of the best england hardcore acts out today this disc shows the best of whats to come...

    Cody York (4)
    This album is fast and brutal, invoking elements from thrash, metal, hardcore and somehow ...

    Theo H. (2)
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ndavino
November 16th 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the breakdown on tell slater.... is sick

Whiskey On The Rocks
November 19th 2006



36 Comments


i like this album but i wouldnt give it a 4.5, its not original enough or long enough...but the change into the breakdown in pray for plagues gets me every time. i wouldnt really call it anything other than metalcore though. and the guitar tone is potently shite. but good review! *thumbs up*

Arucard
December 10th 2006



575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The breakdown in tell slater is the best breakdown i have ever heard.

I WILL ALWAYS YOU, BUT I NEED PILLS TO SLEEP!

haha awesome

much better than their EP which was very bland and unoriginal. I expect 'Stevie wonders..' to become an anthem soon enough, so damn catchy.

JordanS
December 10th 2006



319 Comments


I have a friend who recommended me this band, but was very unnimpressed with their EP. Good review, I'll check this one out.

Arucard
December 10th 2006



575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listen to For Stevie Wonders Eyes Only on their myspace. It slays.

www.myspace.com/bmth

JordanS
December 10th 2006



319 Comments


Not bad, I'll check out the rest later tonight. Have you heard The Faceless? I just did a review on their new CD Akeldama, you might like them alot. They have a similar sound to bmth, only with more of an emphasis on their Melodic Death sound.

lunchforthesky
December 21st 2006



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Please Please listen to some good metalcore, there aint much of it left, and not this shit.

lunchforthesky
December 22nd 2006



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

And also there is absoutely no emo element to htis band in the slightest. Knowing them personally i can tell you these guys have never listened to emo in their lives, their scene kids through and through.

Vinnypants
December 27th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I won't deny that it's a fun listen, but way to generic ... and a bit lame at times XD

Shadelurk
January 9th 2007



34 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

their haircuts say pretty much everything about the albumThis Message Edited On 01.09.07

Arrakakaka
January 10th 2007



685 Comments


Lamexcore. I haven't even finished listening the cd. It's so uninteresting that I had to turn on some real stuff to revive me.This Message Edited On 01.10.07

Confessed2005
January 19th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album is bad - enough said. Just looking at them makes me want to kill them all.

The Faceless on the other hand, slay completely.

Born2Lose
January 19th 2007



25 Comments


Wow, all i can say is i thought this album was great. And yes The Faceless do kick ass.

Shananon
February 18th 2007



5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is great.

Confessed2005
February 19th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No it really isn't.

skingle
March 9th 2007



48 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Pretty horrendous from start to finish in my opinion. Very very generic.

Confessed2005
March 9th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It isn't just generic either.

This is generic metal without a slight bit of quality.

You can get generic metal that sounds good sometimes.

This just sucks.

The only reason they have so many fans is because every scene girl ever wants to fuck the vocalist.

Simply terrible.

AbyssalCreation
April 15th 2007



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've only heard a couple of songs from this album the main one being Pray For Plagues. I must say imo its some damn good music. I don't much care for most of the lyrics or the look of the band, but they make music in one of the ways i like it most, fast, and angry.The other being entirely random and or melodic.I don't know if i'm just a sucker for death vocals in metalcore but this entertains me greatly and i am wondering if i should buy this.

Confessed2005
April 15th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Abyssal Creation - here are some pointers for you to think about.

Listen to some of the bands that BMTH have ripped off instead;

The Black Dahlia Murder SLAY this band completely - and Trevor has vocal talents beyond Oli Sykes wildest dreams. The drumming is also of the highest quality.

Converge - you want angry,fast and truly emotional music, listen to Jacob Bannon and co.

Job For A Cowboy - infinitely more talented and interesting than the pile of faeces that is BMTH. JFAC have a vocalist that can really do proper death metal vocals.

Oli Sykes sounds retarded and terrible in comparison.

And if you are looking for GOOD UK metal bands...

SikTh? The Architects?! Johnny Truant?!?!

Fuck BMTH - a huge disappointment to the UK metal scene.

This Message Edited On 04.15.07

2muchket!
April 18th 2007



900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BMTH seem to be spea heading the new english wave of metal. Dunno why Eternal Lord, Azriel, Architects, Centurion and Her Words Kill are better bands and in Centurion and Architects case better albums. Still not bad for a debut. This Message Edited On 04.18.07



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