Misguided Music: Bring Me The Horizon’s new Album ‘Sempiternal’

Bring Me The Horizon have been bringing their unique styling of music to the world since 2004 when they formed in Sheffield, England. The band is majorly successful, and have gone platinum, an impressive feat in today’s economy. The band has been hard at work recently finishing up their fourth studio album, Sempiternal which will be released in the U.S. on April 2nd. Recently the album was leaked which forced the band to move the date up from the 29th of April.

Now let me just say that I thought Bring Me The Horizon’s 2010 album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret was a great album with some stand-out tracks like, “Blessed With a Curse” which was a real departure from what one would expect from the band. This album is a lot like that with continual experimentation, but like most things  that fall into that category the experimentation is almost too strange. Take the first track on Sempiternal,  “Can You Feel My Heart.” When listening to this track I got really annoyed with the synthesizer intro, and found myself looking for a more up-beat and heavier intro.  This song would have been better off later in the album. The second track, “The House Of Wolves” would have been a more appropriate track to open the album, and was one of my favorite songs on the album because of its bruising nature. This can’t be said about the next song “Empire (Let Them Sing)” which felt very disjointed I couldn’t decide whether it was heavy enough due to the very ethereal keyboard sounds, but towards the later part of the song the guitars come to the forefront of the mix which gives the song some sense of purpose.

The next song that really caught my attention was one called “Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake” which is a great song that is extremely catchy, and let me say that it could almost go on late night radio due to the hooky chorus. On the other hand there are tracks like the next song “Shadow Moses”  is which is just cliché deathcore chugging. This is then redeemed however with the next track, “And The Snakes Start To Sing” which is a very ethereal song, but it’s ambience is what make its great, and the production value on the track is great.  “Antivist” is the next track that was of interest to me, as it is another bruiser in a very straight up hardcore way. This very straight up feel makes the track appealing compared to the disjointed tracks that are a mash up of the band’s more ambient sound and their heavier sound.

Like I said earlier this album is really a continuation of what they started on 2010’s There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret. But this time the band mixed their two styles and made a great deal of tracks seem like mis-guided compositions. I think the band needs to decide whether or not they just want to make ambient and atmospheric music, or if they want to make heavy music because the mix of the two does not work very well. Again the album has some great tracks, but the tracks that are good are only good because they stick with one genre. I would definitely check out the album, and I’d be curious to hear others opinions on it.

-B. Harlow

Bring me the horizon

BMTH 2013

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