Thursday 23 May 2013

Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal

Bring Me the Horizon have achieved it on Sempiternal, where many have tried and many have failed, they have embedded electronics and ambient sounds to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts. A cohesive, compelling, special collection of songs. Lead singer, Oli Sykes, has the full range from clean singing, chanting, screaming to full on deathcore shouting, which gives each song a unique sound.

The band mix ambient passages such as in "Sleepwalking" and "Seen it Before" with the anger of Antivist. The building nature of "And The Snakes Start to Sing" showcases the intricate guitar work and reflective vocals which could be described as haunting.  The heavy aspect will appeal to their hardcore faithful and the diversity will bring more mainstream fans that may have been put off by the previous full on assault nature of their early work.

Lyrically the albums main themes are discontentment, anger and self-reflection. The use of the English language could be described as extensive and colourful. Rather interestingly the album is produced by Terry Date who took Deftones from the full on attack of Around the Fir to the epic White Pony. The comparison with Deftones are noticeable on the beautiful closer "Deathbeds" which is the perfect end to this is a very well-crafted album. A must for any hard rock fan (9).

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