Metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon burst onto the scene in 2006 with Count Your Blessings, which won them the Kerrang! award for “Best British Newcomer”. Since then they have released two more critically acclaimed albums including a “Best Album” award for There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret.
Now, two and a half years later, the band is back with Sempiternal. Will the band continue their legacy of greatness or have they petered out? Find out below.
The album opens with the desperate “Can You Feel My Heart”, singer Oliver Sykes utilizing a mix of screaming and singing. The song features a great deal of synth and programming on top of huge guitars and thunderous drums. Sykes bares himself open, with lyrics such as, “I long for that feeling to not feel at all.”
“The House Of Wolves” brilliantly mixes a fast, almost thrash punk attitude with a very catchy chorus, one that will have fans chanting each time it is played live. “Empire (Let Them Sing)” is a headbanger while still keeping with the heavily melodic theme of the album.
“Shadow Moses”, their current single, is a blistering assault on the senses, shifting dynamically from one section to another. Drummer Matt Nicholls shines here, popping out to dazzle before effortlessly falling right back into the pocket. “And The Snakes Start To Sing” takes the title quite literally, with sibilant hisses whispering out of the background. It is probably the most “power ballad” of the tracks.
“Hospital For Souls” closes the album by reaching for the heavens, soaring ever higher with each passage.
The production is nothing short of thrilling, with layer after layer undulating upon one another. Judicious use of the panning knob also creates an immersive experience, best appreciated with a good set of headphones.
The Final Word: Truly the definition of a musical journey, Bring Me The Horizon have crafted something very special with Sempiternal. It is heavy, cinematic, and wildly entertaining and marks a huge leap forward for the band. This will easily stand as one of the most stellar releases of 2013.
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