Between the growing success of 2009’s Suicide Season and a monster showing on Warped Tour’s main stage this year, Bring Me The Horizon have captured numerous publications’ top spot for Most Anticipated Record of 2010. Though many fans from the Count Your Blessings-era cringe at how the band is maturing, their evolution has brought about a massive fanbase and widespread anticipation for There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret. August gave us our first dose via “It Never Ends,” now supplemented by the release of “Fuck” earlier today. Both tracks show yet another progression in the band’s sound which should capture some and repel others.
Starting with the most fresh, “Fuck” picks up right where Suicide Season left us. The brutality is there at its usual BMTH tempo, with a fast and rough riff to back Oli’s vocals. New guitarist Jona Weinhofen’s influence shows through with bits of I Killed The Prom Queen shining through the music, adding another few ounces of anger to an already ferocious band. The first few minutes of the 4:56 duration simply feel like a slightly matured Suicide Season
Josh Franceschi from You Me At Six makes brief appearances throughout the first verse to provide top notch clean vocal assistance. His showings in the first few verses, while nice, are rather insignificant, mostly used to break up a non-stop track and provide some sort of chorus movement. As the anger fades into the bridge and its echo effect, he finally gets a worthy spotlight. Here is where he sets himself up for a major outro, taking lone control of vocals for over a full minute. It’s almost a shame when the synth line and Oli kick in; it should be an epic ending, but things get convoluted with too many pieces. Sykes is mixed much higher than Franceschi, stealing back the spotlight and keeping the track from the perfect closing it was so close to achieving.
I’m evenly split between Franceschi’s showing and Sam Carter of Architects‘ appearance on “The Sadness Will Never End” from Suicide Season. Josh took better control of his track, standing out on his own without feeling like a back-up singer, though Carter was much more clear when teaming with Oli for simultaneous vocals.
With two songs from the record out, opinions are starting to take shape on TIAHBMISITIAHLKIAS (best album acronym ever). The album drops in the U.S. Oct. 5 via Epitaph records.