Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal review
|Band:||Bring Me The Horizon|
|Release date:||April 2013|
01. Can You Feel My Heart
02. The House Of Wolves
03. Empire (Let Them Sing)
05. Go To Hell, For Heaven's Sake
06. Shadow Moses
07. And The Snakes Start To Sing
08. Seen It All Before
10. Crooked Young
11. Hospital For Souls
Everybody, let's give a round of applause.
Bring Me The Horizon has made an album that DOESN'T suck.. No, no they have not. It seems after a few releases of some sub-par material and general band dumbassery, Bring Me The Horizon have managed to make something that's actually good. Not ironic "Bro check this breakdown" good either.
This is actually good.
Sempiternal is a post-hardcore release with some heavy electronic hints. Sounds pretty awful on paper eh? Well, for some reason it all manages to blend together nicely. The guitars have a nice, light, non-metal tone, which complements the electronics quite well. The electronics work almost like the synth in an atmospheric black metal band. It provides a nice base, and fills any gaps that may be left by the rest of the music. As expected with a modern metal release, bass is inaudible. That's nothing new, however. It's almost expected nowadays. I also really enjoyed the drum work on this release; it's nice and varied, complex, and buried a little back in the mix. They're not overpowering, nor underwhelming. Now, the piece of resistance.
Oli Fucking Sykes.
Oli is the main reason why this band has a terrible reputation. His utter incompetence and ignorance really made me steer clear of them. After a few listens to some scattered songs here and there I was impressed. This kid's got a voice.
Don't expect any first-album-bree-breeing in this release. Oh no, Oli steers completely clear of this path. Most of the vocals here are clean, sad, emo-esque vocals. They're not whiny or nasally, just sad and mellow. When he does eventually scream, it's high pitched and not nearly as all out as on previous releases. I was extremely impressed with his cleans. I honestly did not expect anything good to come out of his mouth. But, low and behold, I was proven wrong. Good job, Bring Me The Horizon.
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