Suicide Season. The breakthrough LP for UK-based Bring Me the Horizon. As much as Count Your Blessings is jarring to listen to in comparison to even this record, Suicide Season is a leaner, meaner cousin full of chugging, a reasonable amount of melody and some albeit interesting lyricism. While at times this album can be a call to arms for those looking towards the band for an emotional outlet or just plain something to jam to, the bulk of it plays a juxtaposition between crisp production and somewhat repetitive aggression. Though certainly with some faults in the mix, Suicide Season was and is still arguably powerful enough to turn some heads and prove the meddle of this band on a number of levels.
The key to the best moments on this record, regardless of tempo, texture or lyrical content, is the ability for Oli Sykes and company to harness some sense of energy in their writing. Songs like “Diamonds Aren’t Forever,” “The Comedown” and “Football Season Is Over” show a band able to instill movement into the ears of its listeners either through blunt-force lyrics (“Diamonds”) or relentless riffing (“Football”). The core ideals of deathcore, or metalcore if you want to go that route, are generally still existent in the record, although in a much more finely tuned appearance compared to Count Your Blessings. It’s that shined up view of not too far gone rhythmic fits and vicious vocals that make this record feel huge and energetic more often than not simultaneously.
But what jars more often than anything else on this record, especially when compared to the sounds of Count Your Blessings, are the vast textures heard in breaks of “Chelsea Smile” or “The Sadness Will Never End” – an almost hinting sign at what the band would lean in the following two records in terms of how they surround their aggression instrumentally. It was a particularly interesting mix at the time, though Bring Me the Horizon did it in a way that it wasn’t completely mixing said influences – atmospheric or otherwise – together with the sounds of the past.
Suicide Season might not be the band’s magnum opus – that’s still really up to debate depending on who you ask – but it showed Bring Me the Horizon as a band coming into their own without totally separating themselves from their roots, for better or worse. But for a sophomore LP and generally the album most of their fans would hear them on first, Suicide Season isn’t too shabby – it is at least brash and confident in itself to let you know what this band is about at said point in their career.