Remember when Suicide Season came out? I actually don’t but that’s beside the point. I do however remember when someone showed me the music of Bring Me the Horizon. It sounded like metalcore in all its stereotypical glory and I loved it. That summer I saw the gang perform at Warped Tour to a wall of death that was comprised of almost the entire crowd. I was fairly in love after this. Then There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is a Heaven Let’s Keep It a Secret was released and the love almost immediately stopped.
Yes, I say ‘almost’ because of the first track on the album, which as it turns out is still my favourite song by them. “Crucify Me” is an intense, programming-laden tune that gets your pulse going. It features some electronics, what sounds like a few nameless British school-girls doing the chorus, and an older British school-girl somewhere in the middle of the song. I love this song. No matter how good any track that they’ve made before or after, this to me is their best work. Then comes the rest of the album.
As soon as “Anthem” starts, you’re in for some of the most generic metalcore you’ve heard…. since the last time you heard generic metalcore. From here on out, every track on the album is a nearly identical ride through the motions of “things you’ll hear on a metalcore album.” If you’re not paying much attention while listening to it, you’ll think the same song has been playing for the last 30 minutes. Now granted, this is not a band known for musical brilliance or masterful and thought-provoking lyrics, but they had a real charm to them.
Whatever BMTH did with Suicide Season, it worked. There was something raw about it. There was something about how they took the mainstays of a genre and simply did it in a way no one else did, and did it with a lack of the production values most artists have. Really, it was just fun to listen to and it was a blast to see them live. By ‘refining’ their sound since they hit the big time, part of the ‘raw sound’ the once had washed away in the sea of success.
There is only one song on this album that I recommend: “Crucify Me.” Downfalls of the album aside, I absolutely love this song. It had been a while since I’d given this band a real listen. While this is the low-point of the band’s discography, now that Sempiternal has been released, the love affair that once was is back and better than ever.