Album Review: Bring Me the Horizon

Bring Me the Hori­zon is back with an album titled Sem­piter­nal, and it’s far from what is to be expected. No more grind­core sound, but it comes with great sac­ri­fice. The sound that got them put into the same crowd as metal giants has been com­pletely aban­doned. The sound has become pre­dictable, just like any other generic met­al­core band in most songs. There are a few songs, though, that stand out like a dia­mond in the rough.

The first song to catch my atten­tion was track num­ber 6, enti­tled “Shadow Moses”. It is much faster and more in your face than the entire rest of the album com­bined. The song has an immense amount of depth, which has never been seen much in Bring Me the Hori­zons career. In fact, lyri­cally the entire album is the deep­est that we have ever seen in a Bring Me the Hori­zon album. Lead singer Oliver Sykes has grown up a lot, and his voice has matured a lot too. He no longer sounds like an angst filled 12 year old boy scream­ing at his mother. His voice is eerily rem­i­nis­cent of metal god Anders Friden (In Flames). The lyri­cal con­tent is also sim­i­lar to the deep­ness you would expect from an In Flames album.

My main crit­i­cism with the album is its lack of sur­prises. Hardly any­where in the album did I find myself head-banging along. It took all the way until the 5th song on the album enti­tled “Go to Hell for Heaven’s Sake” that I was hear­ing intri­cate musi­cal pat­terns. The first 4 songs were granted, heart­felt, but bor­ing and repet­i­tive. The next track “Shadow Moses” stands out so much it feels as though it doesn’t even belong in the album. Most unfor­tu­nately it is fol­lowed up by one of the most generic and slow­est met­al­core songs I’ve ever heard. If you are going to pick up the album, skip track 7 “And the Snakes Start to Sing” entirely. It ruins the descent buildup they were build­ing and kills the mood all around.

Track 8 “Seen it All Before” picks up a lit­tle bit of the energy again in a very melan­choly song about the repet­i­tive­ness of life and not being happy where you are at. The track is a good filler as you ease into track 9 “Antivist”. How­ever the energy of Antivist is very off putting for sound­ing almost like a hard­core ver­sion of the Beastie Boys.

If you are still lis­ten­ing past the hor­rific past 3 tracks you will be pleased with track 10 “Crooked Young.” This song has the best break­down of the entire album and the best drum track by far. Over­all this is the sec­ond best song on the album and is the biggest sur­prise. After going into a cho­rus and vio­lin filled inter­mis­sion, Sykes comes in scream­ing “Hal­lelu­jah, I’m saved, It’s a mir­a­cle, thank you Jesus.” before scream­ing some less than flat­ter­ing obscenities.

The final song on the record is filled with hon­esty and sor­row. “Every­body wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die” is a quote taken directly from the song, and it hits you like you just read some­thing deeply philo­soph­i­cal. Other than the hon­esty of this track, there is noth­ing else worth not­ing about it.

Sem­piter­nal, over­all, was enter­tain­ing, but not some­thing I would rec­om­mend to some­one who isn’t already a big fan of Bring Me the Hori­zon. There is noth­ing that was really worth get­ting excited about. It sounds like generic met­al­core that you would expect from a new­comer in the scene—not heavy hit­ters like Bring Me the Hori­zon. For the major­ity of the album being ter­ri­ble filler I give this album 2 out of 5 stars.
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