“This is sempiternal!” screams Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes in the band’s newest single, “Shadow Moses.” Sempiternal, a word used to describe something timeless or everlasting, is an album title quite apt in detailing just where the band is going with their next effort. From this first glance, I can tell it’s going to be something special.
Whether or not you’ve enjoyed the English metal quintet in the past, you should easily be able to find something worth liking in this new song. The band progressed from deathcore to straight-up metalcore with their dramatic 2010 release, There Is A Hell…, and “Shadow Moses” continues in a similar vein to the sound captured on that record. However, it builds upon the success of that sound, bringing new elements and an entirely restructured approach. Present are ambient effects, chanted vocals, and low-toned, fresh-sounding guitars – all begging for your attention.
The intro is Underoath-esque in its sleek, mysterious vibes, but as the song continues, the band blazes a new path as gritty guitars and Sykes’ vocal shrieks take over. While There Is A Hell… was very dark, heavy, and emotional in feel, “Shadow Moses” is quite uplifting. However, Bring Me The Horizon retains their tenacity, blasting into a killer breakdown about halfway through the track. The way they combine this furious instrumental attack and contain such chilling tendencies – from angelic choirs to smooth electronics to more decipherable lyrics – is reputable. It’s a fantastic progression from a sound that didn’t necessarily need to be tampered with. But with the tweaks they have made in their sound on this song alone, they have hit perfection.
By now, Bring Me The Horizon has pretty much diminished every ounce of their former selves – a scene-core band that embodied the type of artist many metal fans love to hate. “Shadow Moses” is hard to ignore, because it’s a three-minute-long electrifying metalcore anthem that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or molds. While metalcore is a dying genre to some, this song provides faith to the doubters that it will continue to thrive for years to come.