More metal please? Or rather, “turn that noise down!”, Is what a many of you would say when listening to today’s metal music, but for those of you who bask in the chaos of screaming vocals, heavy riffing and machine-gunning drums, then you should be quaint with the name, Bring Me the Horizon. From their first album, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, released back in October of 2004, to their last album Suicide Season, October 2009, Bring Me the Horizon has offered a broad demonstration of heavy metal music and has been the trend-setter for many bands to follow.
With the release of their latest album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret, prompts a different sound than their previous albums. After doing a line-up change and picking up new guitarist Jona Weinhofen, formerly of; I Killed the Prom Queen, BMTH has progressed their sound into something of their own. Vocalist Oli Sykes has created a very particular vocal style, along with the constant tempo changes going from high to slow throughout their songs; this band has created a signature sound that resonates. There are many segments with gang-vocals that you can’t help but shout along with, making a majority of their songs appeasing in a sing-along sense. In addition to being catchy, the bands consistency in not overburdening their songs with breakdowns, making this style of music so-very bland at times, also adds a big plus to their sound and makes listening to their album more genial.
The tone, over-all, is very “in your face” and the vocals piled with the assault of drums and guitar offer an endless amount of rage felt throughout each verse. The occasional off-timing of the vocals with the rest of the band, and then with a flick of a switch, bringing everything together, makes their sound monstrous and unpredictable—which is key if you’re making this kind of music.
Now, there were a few things I didn’t like. The sporadic interludes with ambiance-like noise and synthesized keyboards in between Oli’s belting vocals and boisterous guitar riffs, simply felt foreign to their style of music and as far as songs go; completely random. These interludes would seem pointless if the album were played on shuffle, however, in an album sense, it ties in emotions that are built up throughout the album and fits the story being told. Another minus to Bring Me the Horizon’s new album is the singing. Where did this come from? Suicide Season, their last album, may have offered a softer side to Sykes’ vocals but definitely wasn’t anything close to singing and I definitely never would have expected it to be a part of their musical composition. One thing you may also notice, if you keep up with this band, is some of the lyrics seem a bit recycled. Granted, this album was a follow-up to Suicide Season but it doesn’t mean old verses needed to be repeated.
Besides the random mess of noise peppering some of their tracks and the deviance in some of their vocals and maybe becoming a bit more “poppy”, I give their album two thumbs up and nothing short of great. My top track picks are; Anthem, It Never Ends and Fox and the Wolf and Visions. They are fast paced and full of catchy verses—who doesn’t like a good line?—and my top four picks as far as “play-ability” goes. Although, every song has something good about it, these four claimed recognition.
Over-all, I give this album 8.5 out of 10. It’s nice to see a band that has been around for so long, still produce original, authentic, music. It’s this ability and chemistry they have as a band that will keep these guys in the game for a long time to come, I hope. For now, these guys are still keeping it metal and doing it well.