A Force to be Reckoned With…….
Bring Me the Horizon, a British metalcore band has continued to put albums out for the past 11 years, getting bigger and bigger with each album that is released. They have continued to conquer and that is why they are now considered one of the biggest bands in the genre of metalcore. Since the band is currently in the studio recording their fifth studio album, I decided to take the time and review their fourth album, Sempiternal. A beautiful yet dark and realistic take on life, that was released in 2013. This album is argued to be the band’s greatest work yet, showing that they can really test the limits. The album is also arguably one of the greatest metalcore albums that was released in 2013. The album won two award for best album of the year. Either way, you can’t deny, Bring Me The Horizon is a force to be reckoned with.
Lyrics and Vocals
By now, we should all know that Oli Sykes (Lead Singer) is intent on wrenching our hearts with emotion, through his lyrics. He has done this all of his career with heart-wrenching songs like “Don’t Go” and “Chelsea Smile” and Sempiternal is no exception. Oli uses a wide range of lyrics from the lost and hopeless lyrics that inhabit “Can You Feel My Heart” to the angry lyrics that are “Antivist”. Oli shows all sides of himself with the lyrics he writes for the album. Not only does he write the most perfect lyrics for an album like this, but his delivery on vocals is just as perfect. His voice varies and corresponds with the lyrics, only enhancing the overall experience you get from hearing the lead vocalist. He not only shows his emotions through the lyrics, but through his unique screaming/singing vocals. In songs like “House of Wolves” you can hear his anger through the way he screams. In songs like “Hospital for Souls” you hear the sorrow in his voice (which succeeds in making you sad, I must say). You can’t help but be filled with emotion throughout this album, for one reason: This album is solely about outcasts and their stories. One reason why I have always loved Bring Me The Horizon is because they understand what being an outcast is like, and through their experiences, they share that, and help others that struggle with it. Reading the lyrics is not the same as hearing it, but here are just some of the lyrics used in this album.
- “I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim.” – Can You Feel My Heart
- “Hold me close, don’t let go, watch me.” – Hospital For Souls
- “United we’ll fail, divided we’ll fall” – Antivist
- “Can you tell from the look in her eyes? We’re going nowhere.” – Shadow Moses
The sound of the album is very raw and only compliments the vocals. You can see how hard the rest of the band worked on making the sound to make a sound like no other. My only complaint about the sound is that the album has moments (particularly breakdowns) where I just wanted to skip. Some of the breakdowns were so simple and not complex. That’s not only happening to this band though, it is happening to a lot of bands everywhere. Breakdowns are becoming more and more generic. The album only had a few of these moments however. Besides breakdowns the album had a dark and beautiful melody that flowed flawlessly throughout the album. One of my favorite songs on the albums was “And The Snakes Start to Sing” just because of the opening melody on the keyboard (played expertly by Jordan Fish) and on the guitar (also played expertly by Lee Malia). The music flows together so well and gives the entire album a cool ominous feeling to it. The melodies blend perfectly with Oli’s vocals, and sound beautiful on their own as well.
The Verdict: 4.9 out of 5
- Vocals and lyrics are full of true emotion
- the sound of the instruments only compliment the singer
- the album is a dark masterpiece
- generic breakdowns
Guys I can’t stress how great this album really is. Even if you don’t like metalcore, I encourage everyone to at least give this album a try. The album is dark but also realistic and honest about the world we live in today. I don’t care how you listen to it, just listen to it! I recommend this album to anyone!
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