Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
It’s imperative you don’t get bogged down in your search for the Bring Me The Horizon of old, as the creatively liberated 2013 model is a far superior listening experience.
Photo by Sandra Markovic.
As easy as it has been in the past to write off British crew Bring Me The Horizon, a quick glance over their discography shows a staggering amount of musical development has occurred over the last nine (yes, it’s been that long) or so years. On their 2010 opus There Is A Hell… the Oliver Sykes-led outfit further expanded their sonic output by injecting their breakdown-heavy brand of modern metal with electronic flourishes and soaring hooks that showed the recently re-vamped group were more than a one-trick mosh pony.
On Sempiternal, Bring Me The Horizon have skipped the ‘picking up where we left off’ step, instead constructing an album that is so far beyond their previous creative efforts it’s a little hard to believe we’re listening to the same band. Comparable to the gargantuan jump that now defunct Christian dudes Underoath took between They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line, Sempiternal wastes little time in declaring Bring Me The Horizon’s bold intentions, with the disc’s opening jam, “Can You Feel My Heart”, kicking things off with a dominating synth line and guitar/vocal combo that sounds like a performance-enhanced version of 30 Seconds To Mars (minus the self righteous and condescending grandstanding, of course).
Fans concerned that Sykes and co. have abandoned their heavy roots needn’t worry, as the juiced up, punk-infused “The House Of Wolves” and crushing grooves of lead single “Shadow Moses” will more than satisfy the need to bang your head. That said, it’s imperative you don’t get bogged down in your search for the Bring Me The Horizon of old, as the creatively liberated 2013 model is a far superior listening experience.
The Essential Track: “Can You Feel My Heart”: As definitive a musical statement you’ll hear this year.