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
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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
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