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Bring Me the Horizon Count Your Blessings
Following a successful debut EP, Sheffield-based then-deathcore act Bring Me The Horizon would release a studio album entitled Count Your Blessings which would divide opinions throughout the metal scene. The guitar riffs on this album were, for the most part, generic fast-paced riffs that involved a lot of jumps between the top two strings, whilst the drumming was, for the most part, comprised of thrash beats. The vocals are a far cry from the half-hearted shouts found on Suicide Season, with Oliver Sykes utilizing his full range of high pitched banshee shrieks and guttural growls to put in his best performance. 'Pray For Plagues' kicks things off in quick fashion, showcasing some of the best riffs here and a neat solo involving a rather slow sweep, but also containing the bane of modern metal-a lot of breakdowns. This is an album infested with chugging breakdowns on nearly every song, and they do little to actually add to the sound, being the main complaint to be made. The other problem that can be found is the production-the guitars are a little too fuzzy, whilst the drums sound flat and the bass is completely masked. Overall, however, Bring Me The Horizon's debut album is one worth checking out, containing some cool instrumentation and a superior vocal performance to their other works, making for a solid debut.

2.5 average
Bring Me the Horizon Suicide Season
After Count Your Blessings garnered a large amount of success in the metal community, Bring Me The Horizon decided that it was time for a change in their sound. The band acknowledged in various interviews that their debut had tapped into the commercially appealing deathcore market to put them on the map but that they thought they could do better. The follow-up, Suicide Season brought them even more mixed reactions. For some, the unrelenting rage in Oliver's lyrics and the lighter tone and more catchy nature made this the pinnacle of their career, but others see it as being their weakest. 'Chelsea Smile', 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' and 'The Comedown' show off their new sound best on this release. The guitars are more streamlined, with the slightly more complex riffing on their debut sounding somewhat forced to some and so they changed it. The songs are also a lot more diverse here, with a more varied set of structures. Some tracks are kept sub-three minutes whereas some cross longer territories. The breakdowns are still here and are just as annoying as ever but they are managed a little better and aren't quite as prominent. The largest change is the more melodic vocals. Oli chose to jump from his banshee shrieks and deep growls to using far more understandable, semi-hardcore-shout vocals and this is the worst thing about the album arguably. This is not as good as their debut for the fact it is less cohesive. Suicide Season's production is also even worse than their debut, having even thinner guitar tones and bass that is still inaudible. 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' is perhaps the only track here that many people will get into, being catchy, but for the most part this is a slight step down, being too incohesive.
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