Bring Me The Horizon
Sempiternal


4.0
excellent

Review

by erizen826 USER (7 Reviews)
March 18th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon have transcended their deathcore label and finally become a band worth your time.

Sempiternal is a fantastic album. It is the perfect example of an okay band showing signs of transforming into a great one. Bring Me the Horizon have perfected their particular brand of metalcore with their fourth LP by blending it seamlessly with an electronic sound and small hints of pop influence. On this album Bring Me the Horizon have something to say, and they wanna make sure you hear it.

Sempiternal's opening gives you a good idea of the direction the band is headed. The first song on the album, Can You Feel My Heart, opens with a blaringly loud keyboard riff that continues throughout most of the song. Electronics have become a more prominent part of Bring Me the Horizon's sound on Sempiternal, being featured on almost every song on the record. Most of the songs use the electronics to accentuate themselves and give them a grander scale, as well as make them seem a bit more symphonic. The electronics never feel like a crutch.

The lyrics and vocal delivery on this record also deserve some praise with frontman Oli Sykes writing some of the band's most emotionally charged lyrics and providing what is easily the angriest, loudest, most intense vocal performance out of any of the band's previous efforts. His hardcore-esque screaming is abrasive yet accessible. His singing is light yet impassioned. The lyrics cover topics like religion, angst, hatred, and empowerment. Oliver's verses and vocals on Sempiternal are easily the most memorable part of the record and genuinely make you feel something.

The instrumentals on Sempiternal are also very impressive, with the majority of tracks being fast paced and in your face. The band's hardcore punk influence can be felt on songs like The House of Wolves, Antivist, and Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake. The guitars are very punchy and the bass is hard hitting and deep. The breakdowns on this album are powerful, effective, and never overdone to the point where they become boring. As previously mentioned, the keyboards are used tastefully and add to the overall experience of the album giving the songs that extra oomph that helps give them a lasting impression.

All-in-all, Bring Me the Horizon's fourth full length album is an extremely fun ride that, at its core, is hard hitting, memorable and features some of the most enjoyable tracks the band has ever put out. Sempiternal is a sign of a band in metamorphosis. Bring Me the Horizon obviously want to stop being referred to as "that one band the scene kiddies like" and start being recognized as a colossal force in the realm of metalcore; and I say this album is damn fine start.



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  • Ponton EMERITUS (4)
    pontificating sempiternal, there is a hell believe me i live it...

    Trebor. STAFF (3)
    Middle fingers up, if you don't give a fuck about consistency...

    Arkaik (4)
    ....

    AtBRareform (4)
    Continual progression....

  • ILJ (3)
    Bring Me the Horizon try some new things, with mixed results....

    dragoth (4)
    Fourth try lucky for Oli Sykes and company...

    Shamus248 (4)
    A unique sound, genuine craft, consistent tone. A huge step forward for this band....

    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....

    skeletorissatan (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...

    theNateman (3.5)
    Metal for the punk lovers hooray!...

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


Comments:Add a Comment 
Killerhit
March 17th 2014


6007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MY SECREEEETS ARE BURNING A HOLE THROUGH MY HEART



AND MY BONES CATCH A FEVER

erizen826
March 17th 2014


850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let me know how the review is. I feel good about this one.

erizen826
March 17th 2014


850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And also, WHEN IT CUTS YOU UP THIS DEEP IT'S HARD TO FIND A WAY TO BREAAAAAAAAAAATHE

scottpilgrim10
March 17th 2014


4748 Comments


Antivist is catchy as hell.

YakNips
March 17th 2014


18942 Comments


Kony 2014

erizen826
March 17th 2014


850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Middle fingers up if you don't give a fuck bro.

VermTheImpaler
March 18th 2014


1359 Comments


Let me tell you what sucks, this

YakNips
March 18th 2014


18942 Comments


what a revolutionary statement

titanslayer
March 18th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The electronics never feel like a crutch."

This line seems out of place to me.

VermTheImpaler
March 18th 2014


1359 Comments


m/ keep real rock alive m/

Indeed.

DreamAgain
March 18th 2014


580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4/5.. a rating this album deserves!

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014


8449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still need to check this and their last album. From what I've heard (early stuff mostly) they've sounded horrendous

Digging: Fever Ray - Plunge

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014


8449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember seeing a video for a single of this that interested me. I read Trebor's review of this and it seemed like something I could tolerate, but I would be far more interested to hear this post-rock album they've been sat on

KenboSlice
March 18th 2014


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sleepwalking is the best song on here

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014


8449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

either that or sleepwalking. I'll have to give those singles a listen

Apollo
March 18th 2014


10670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules. Still jam it regularly.

erizen826
March 18th 2014


850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album gets me so pumped.

betray
March 18th 2014


9186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still jam this a lot. Saw them live two weeks ago too. Shit was so cash.



Snide, they encored with Sleepwalking. Goosebumps, man.

cryptside
March 18th 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, man. I pos'd. I have a few constructive crits for you if you want.



You did a great job describing the music and the overall sound on the album. However, it might be better if you chose a select few songs that exemplified the hardcore/metalcore portion of their sound and described them in detail instead of listing all of songs that had that punchy sound. You did it perfectly with describing how "Can You Feel My Heart" introduced electronics into the sound, and I think you could done the same with the heavier songs. Doing that would allow you give specifics examples of epic breakdowns, keyboards never being overutilized, etc. This is obviously a stylistic preference, so I'm not saying that it's bad as it is at all.



Also, song titles in quotes would make them stand out a little better and are pretty standard for this site.



Great work, man!

cryptside
March 18th 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd love to, Snide. I will check and let you know.



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