Bring me the Horizon: Sempiternal

Finally! Bring me the Horizon have released the highly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s There is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven Let’s Keep it a Secret. I know I’m somewhat part of a minority here, at least amongst my friends when I talk about how much I like this band in general. The way I see it, this band, while controversial for the wrong reasons have polarized their audience to those that  love just about everything they’ve ever done and those that absolutely hate this band for seemingly no real reason. Obviously there’s some middle ground and casual fans in between, but hear me out. There are some fans that only think their debut album is good because of it’s the most “death core” of them all and still don’t enjoy it enough to consider themselves “fans.” There are some people (myself included) that think the band have only made positive progressions and have gotten better with each album. Neither view is wrong obviously because we are all entitled to our own opinions, but i just think their debut sounds somewhat childish compared to the leaps they made to Suicide Season. I think this new album is the best thing the band have put their names on, although I still am partial to There is a Hell… (only because I’ve spent more time with it).

I could tell this was going to be a great record when I became instantly hooked with the first track, “Can You Feel my Heart?” A more electronically driven intro compared to their previous use of electronics, but still natural nonetheless and I don’t think anything was sacrificed with this track. It’s absolutely huge and an epic way to open up this album. In fact, there are a lot more electronics on this album than ever before, but again, I don’t think anything about who this band are is compromised by that fact.

Many of you will have no doubt heard the two main singles from this album, “Shadow Moses” and “Anti-vist.” While they’re both amazing songs and obvious choices for singles, I think that there are even better songs on the album, which is always good. I find that in a lot of instances, albums that are really great feature songs that are far stronger than the singles. That can be taken as a pretty general statement though and that’s true, but for me “Can You Feel my Heart?” and “Sleepwalking” are the big singles in my book. “Empire (Let them Sing)”, “Go to Hell for Heaven’s Sake” and “Seen it all Before” are also absolutely monumental. “And the Snakes Start to Sing” and “Hospital for Souls” are the big, mid-tempo anthems for this album. The last album featured “Don’t Go” and “Blessed with a Curse,” which are staples in the band’s catalog in my opinion and these two new ones are certainly up there. If you’re not totally hooked on this album by the end of “And the Snakes Start to Sing,” then you most likely won’t get into it.

Overall, I can’t help but be blown away by the leaps and bounds this band make with each album progression. Sempiternal shows a natural, but impressive progression for this band. While I’m honestly not the worlds biggest BMTH fan, I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished and think that this is a phenomenal album. The production is ridiculously colossal, the songwriting keeps improving as well as the lyrics and Oli keeps surprising us with what he can do as a vocalist. It’s definitely worth your while to check it out and even if you’re not a big fan, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this album. You may not like it and god knows those that have already discredited the band will most likely ignore this review, but those of you out there who can still appreciate what this band have done without admitting it might not hate this record. Just give it the time and respect it deserves. It might just be worth your while.

Luke Helker

 

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