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Post by Unabletothinkofname on Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:19 pm

Bring Me The Horizon are plagued by idiots, doubters and haters. This is the album that will silence them.

Yes, they look like tools, I know (BMTH, left to right-Jona Weinhofen, Lee Malia, Oli Sykes, Matt Nicholls, Matt Kean)

With the addition of former Bleeding Through guitarist Jona Weinhofen it seems that BMTH, have, on There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret, to give it its full, ridiculous title, have pushed the sonic envelope even further, with the strings and electronics that elevated the likes of Chelsea Smile from 2008's Suicide Season to melodic deathcore anthems rather than simply more generic metalcore. This is obvious from the quiet intro to the 6+ minute opener Crucify Me, before it surges into more traditional BMTH brutality. With its heavy electronically edited choir breaks and a stunningly emotional performance from Sykes, seguing with ease into an acoustic outro sung by electro-pop singer Lights, it's a powerful start and one that makes it very obvious this is not Suicide Season Part Two.

The momentum is kept up by Anthem, a more traditionally brutal song featuring the full extent of Sykes' range, with some thoroughly impressive death grunts towards the end. It, again, segues into an unexpected outro, gentle electronics almost bringing to mind ambient trance, before it lurches suddenly into first single It Never Ends, which, when I heard it, single handedly brought me off the fence about Bring Me The Horizon and firmly into the "this is awesome" camp. Boasting a positively planet-sized chorus, the pounding riffs and drums combine with magnificently driving strings to make it one of the album's highlights, and a sure-fire huge singalong when BMTH tour next year.

Don't be fooled by its liberal use of its title word and its ferocious, snarling first half-Fuck boasts some of the gentlest and emotional moments on the album. Not that you'd know from its intro, with its gleeful, hooky riff and devil-may-care lyrics. Josh Franeschi of pop-punk kiddies You Me At Six adds backing vocals to the opening half, though it's mostly lost in the raging maelstrom (FUCK! FUCK! FUCK FUCK FUUUUUUCK! WELL FUCK). Coming to an abrupt stop, Franeschi's vocals are temporarily buried beneath electronics, before his gorgeous, mournful vocals break through, one of the most beautiful moments on an emotion-rich album. It gradually fades out to a solo violin, which in turn opens the next track Don't Go, again with an equally impressive and despairing performance from both the returning Lights and Sykes.

From there there's a lot of brutality-the pounding Home Sweet Hole and by far the heaviest moment on the album, Alligator Blood, the track that most recalls the deathcore of old, with its bellowed gang vocals and scarred, defiant lyrics, it's arresting in a totally different way than the moments that came before. Similar songs follow in Visions and Blacklist, but similar doesn't necessarily mean bad, or boring, especially when there's such consistent quality.

But then there's mellow, keyboard-laden instrumental Memorial and by far the most emotional track on the song, the devestatingly bleak Blessed With A Curse. I mentioned Sykes' impressive performance earlier, and I'll discuss it now-so many metal vocalists attempt to still sound angry and desperate, despite the fact they're millionaires (I'm looking at you, Johnathan Davis. You're married to a pornstar, give it a rest). Sykes genuinely sounds like he's emotionally scarred-the man is fucked up, and this shows, heavily. The lyrics are as bleak as they come "Everything I touch turns to stone" "For better or for worse/I was born into a hearse". Set against the dynamic backing track, featuring some wailing solos that are impressive without being hyper-technical, more introspective strings, and the slow fade-out, leaving just pounding drums and Sykes' throat-tearing bellows, leaves you feeling truly drained.

In the time I've been writing this, the album's been playing, and the last track, the minute-and-a-half blast of fury that is The Fox And The Wolf has just finished, and I'm reaching for the repeat button. I am so addicted to this album it's not even right. It baffles me how BMTH are so plagued, by idiots who listen with their eyes and not their ears, and their doubters. It just doesn't make sense when the music is so stunning, sweeping, progressive while remaining accessible. The hooks are shamelessly on the surface and this is why it's so brilliant. This is the modern metal album of the year.

Score: 9/10

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Post by Furburt on Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:25 pm

Well, I listened to It Never Ends, and I really, really didn't like it, although I'm guessing I'm quite far from being the target audience. Video was good though.

Eh, just not for me.

Still, very well written review, as always.

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Post by MilkyFresh on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:54 pm

Really well written, but the band certainly aren't for me. Maybe they're good within their genre, I don't really know, but I don't enjoy them much. Still, I read it for some reason... That probably means you've done something right, so please continue.

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