Bring Me the Horizon
Post Human: Survival Horror


2.7
average

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
October 30th, 2020 | 519 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God is a poopoo head.

Does anybody else feel the palpable, almost unbearable irony surrounding Bring Me the Horizon these days? In categorical terms, they’ve always been the lepers of metal; nomads who never gave up on themselves, spending years and years crawling through the trenches with nothing but sheer will and a shade of hubris in their own abilities to come out of it as one of the biggest metal acts in the game today. BMTH are the Rocky story – a certifiable example of an underdog becoming the champion – and without all of those years of torment and literal and verbal sh-t being thrown their way, they probably wouldn’t have gotten to where they are now. As a matter of fact, if Sykes and co. are still holding salt for how they were treated over the course of their career, I can empathise with that, but without those hardships it wouldn’t have made them the luminary figureheads they are today. Of course, it’s not like their accolades haven’t been earned and acknowledged; whether you care to accept it or not, their capricious writing methods have changed the face of metal on numerous occasions – experimentation that has morphed their sound from deathcore right through to electro-pop-metal with an unflinching conviction. And with all of that superlative exploration comes a new chapter in BMTH’s career: Post Human: Survival Horror, a collection of songs that corelate a lot of the band’s history into one project for one succinct purpose.

In recent years, Linkin Park have become an increasingly obvious influence. Their prominence is unequivocally felt on this project and the top and bottom of it is, it’s going to make them a gateway band for a younger demographic because of it. It’s also somewhat bizarre to think that both of these bands, despite going about it in different ways, have gone through similar artistic processes caused by internal reflection. Like Linkin Park, BMTH have done their damnedest to shake their old image this past five-or-so years, making music that breaks away from stigmas and pigeonholes, but ultimately doing so to try and prove their legitimacy as artists. Unlike Linkin Park however, Jordan Fish seems to have talked Oli around into embracing his past, and the results have formed a sound that embraces some of their roots whilst merging it with present day ambitions. In essence, Post Human: Survival Horror sticks more to the band’s old metal sound than the electronic heavy Music to Listen to..., or the weird alt-rock/electronic style of Amo, however, the zeitgeist of both of those projects can still be felt as well.

It’s important to emphasise that Post Human: Survival Horror is aiming at a younger audience. That's not to say I'm giving this record’s shortcomings a pass, but I do understand that its limitations should be acknowledged in that context. Basically, what I’m trying to articulate is, while the lyrics are an outright abomination to a thirty-something-year-old, I can imagine a young teenager finding something meaningful from them. The same goes for the typically average music that’s on offer here. For the most part this record centres itself around bombastic choruses which have been set up by elemental alt-metal verses. After listening to this a number of times, there’s nothing particularly stand out or well-executed about it, but I can’t argue that it’s a little bit fun to listen to. That’s why it’s impossible to overlook the “gateway” gambit at play here. For some young kid who’s never listened to metal music before, it’s hard to fault the way these tracks have been composed. Each track is bustling with melody and succinct song structure, but has just the right amount of metal’s extremities to warrant it being a great introduction for newcomers. Its diversity is calculated with airtight precision; journey through the Amy Lee guested ballad “One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be in Your Chest as You March Towards Your Death”, the drum and bass instrumental “Itch for the Cure (When Will We Be Free?)” and the NU-metal voyage “Teardrops”, and you’ll discover a boat load of different moods present which are sure to please people who aren’t well-versed in these kinds of genres.

It should also be noted that despite the fact Oli has an abhorrence for his guttural screams these days, they are still begrudgingly present on the likes of “Kingslayer”, albeit banished to the back of the sonic playground under scuttling electronics, chuggy guitar riffs, and Su-metal's guest vocals, but they are present to some extent nevertheless. And that’s the biggest surprise here, yeah, the screams are treated like a black sheep but the harsh vocal work is still quite a dominant fixture in spite of that. If there’s only one credit to give to Post Human: Survival Horror it’s that it does, for the first time in years, embrace the band’s past with some semblance of welcoming. Maybe going forward we’ll hear more of the past being implemented with their modern-day sensibilities. In regards to Post Human: Survival Horror itself, it’s not an awful record. If you aren’t twelve years old, there are elements of enjoyment that can be taken from this, assuming your soul hasn’t completely rotted away. Yes, the lyrics are horribly, horribly written, but Limp Bizkit were never one for making meaningful statements either. This is the kind of sound that relies on the primal part of your brain, and if you’re willing to accept the majority of Post Human: Survival Horror’s lowbrow traits, there’s a fun little spin waiting for you. Post Human: Survival Horror doesn’t break any moulds, it’s the sonic equivalent to fast food, by which you’ll consume it, enjoy it, and forget about it right after you’ve finished it, but it’s fun while it lasts.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
curteeebull
October 30th 2020


49 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Keeping the genre fun. Love this.

TundraL5Z
October 30th 2020


5335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes but also no

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someone
October 30th 2020


1239 Comments


"BMTH’s venerable influence Linkin Park"
*'from Linkin Park' or 'Linkin Park influence' maybe

butt.
October 30th 2020


8045 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

9 tracks, 32 mins long, and this is considered an EP? What?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2020


16686 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

yeah, i consider it an album. i'm sure the band do, but hey, i didn't put it up lol



edit: it's an ep. guess that could be down to the older songs? fack knows.

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SputnikSweetheart
October 30th 2020


279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When the review takes the same time as the album's overall runtime. "Thanks but no thanks" (Pusha T, 2006)

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2020


1868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

great rev, fully agreed. it's fun while it's on but that's about it.. but hey he scream so it must be the second coming

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SteakByrnes
October 30th 2020


21533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this way more than anything they've done since Sempiternal

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Senetrix666
October 30th 2020


236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

imagine being over 14 and liking this band

SymbolicInTime
October 30th 2020


6801 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I couldn't stand them until I was like 15 or 16 lol



bc thats how old I was when Sempiternal dropped

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nash1311
October 30th 2020


1981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was very surprised at how much I enjoy this. Not sure where it sits rating wise, but it sure is fun

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William21
October 30th 2020


569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is surprisingly enjoyable, basically what Amo should've been. Kingslayer is such a jam

Senetrix666
October 30th 2020


236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"bc thats how old I was when sempiternal dropped"



I was 14 when it dropped. thats why i chose that number

momentzuhclarity
October 30th 2020


239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bro this unironically slaps so hard

momentzuhclarity
October 30th 2020


239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they brought back the rock energy, with some well placed electronic and ambient moments. this is so fun

MaryBabko
October 30th 2020


664 Comments


I dont get why you did this - there was already a good review for this album worthy of a feature, then you churn this out. It reads rushed man


However, album rules

Asura14
October 30th 2020


375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I like this way more than anything they've done since Sempiternal"

Same

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TheAntichrist
October 30th 2020


1386 Comments


these guys suck

MaryBabko
October 30th 2020


664 Comments


Nah they're a decent band man.

bloc
October 30th 2020


64134 Comments


Bro is it just me or is the art looking like the one from that last Dance Gavin Dance album

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