Sempiternal

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  • Summary: The fourth release for the British metalcore band was produced by Terry Date and is its first with Worship's Jordan Fish.
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Can You Feel My Heart
[MusixMatch] Can you hear the silence? Can you see the dark? Can you fix the broken? Can you feel, can you feel my heart? Can you help the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Kerrang!
    Apr 18, 2013
    100
    Sempiternal sounds like a record that wants the world--that's all of it, not just the bits where longhairs dwell--which is refreshing for a metal record in 2013. [30 Mar 2013, p.52]
  2. 90
    Sykes’ increased vocal range also proves a formidable addition to their arsenal, coalescing with the expanded sonic palette for a more intimate, cohesive and engaging collection.
  3. Sempiternal is one of the most breathtaking and engaging albums of the year.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    Sempiternal contains the best music this young group of musicians have ever created, and Bring Me the Horizon are now relevant in the grand scheme of things, whether you choose to admit it or not.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    BMTH sound more genuine, dramatic and emotional than they ever have before. [Jun 2013, p.89]
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    While Sempiternal isn’t the equal of another genre-bending record Date has worked on, Deftones’ White Pony, it represents significant and successful progression for its makers.
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    For all its aggression and pop-culture pilfering, Sempiternal frequently feels like the work of a band satisfied to slide down the surface of heavy music rather than engage with its true heart.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
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  1. Dec 26, 2013
    10
    Simply astonishing album. I've liked every album this band has ever made. But Sempiternal is epic in every sense of the word. Great work ofSimply astonishing album. I've liked every album this band has ever made. But Sempiternal is epic in every sense of the word. Great work of art from the Sheffield boys Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    Sempiternal is the one of the most promising, brilliant albums of the the highly underrated Metalcore genre. The reason why metalcore is soSempiternal is the one of the most promising, brilliant albums of the the highly underrated Metalcore genre. The reason why metalcore is so underrated, is because, well, they're offering the same things. I've heard so many heavy metal albums that constantly contain lyrics about how the sun is going black and that we will rise as one. Well this album is a growth for the band and the genre, and its perfect. BMTH has shown people that meaningful lyrics can be given in any form of music. BMTH has grown in their last two albums, and i hope they continue to do so. It will grow their success and their ability to be more than "some guy screaming". 10/10 Amazing. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2015
    10
    It's a refinement of their already excellent work on "There is a hell...". Mix in the bits of bold experimentation the band tries here and youIt's a refinement of their already excellent work on "There is a hell...". Mix in the bits of bold experimentation the band tries here and you have an excellent album with surprisingly diverse themes scattered throughout the tracks. It's one of the most refreshing and masterfully created albums you'll find in the metal genre or any of it's subgenres.

    The first track on the album "Can You Feel My Heart" is sure to shock fans. It's a track that heavily experiments with elements of pop. If that's not your cup of tea don't let it detract you from the rest of the album. It's still very much in touch with bands metal roots.

    It's fantastic, heavy, and at times very emotional. This isn't the type of album that's going to stick with one theme and say the same thing different ways across all of the songs here. The diversity in the tone of songs as well as in the range of vocals lead singer Oliver Sykes is capable of using set this album apart and ensure there's always something exciting just around the corner.

    Tracks like "House of Wolves" and "Crooked Young" are brutal attacks on religion. Then you have tracks like "And the Snakes Start to Sing" and "Hospital for Souls" which are emotional ballads that are surprisingly cathartic and aren't afraid to get heavy. "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake" is a powerful dis song and "Antivist" is about anarchy and saying screw the system. All that diversity and even more is present in the themes the songs in this album carry. It's a mature work that touches on a lot of different themes.

    Of course none of that would matter if everything didn't sound good. Luckily, Bring Me the Horizon took the fantastic sound from their previous album and darn near perfected it. Once again Sykes shows that he knows how to write excellent lyrics that have a masterful flow to them and can bring out some real emotions. With this album Bring Me the Horizon has established themselves as one of the elite in the metal genre. Heck, with talent like this they could probably establish themselves as one of the elite in any genre they wanted to. This is that good of an album.
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  4. Oct 2, 2013
    10
    Bring Me The Horizon it's a typical metalcore band that has released a non typical metalcore album. Excellent mix of sounds and excellentBring Me The Horizon it's a typical metalcore band that has released a non typical metalcore album. Excellent mix of sounds and excellent songwriting. One of the best album of the 2013' Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2015
    10
    Masterpiece from Bring Me The Horizon!
    I like very songs from this album!
    Can You Feel My Heart, The House Of Wolves,Sleepwalking,Shadows
    Masterpiece from Bring Me The Horizon!
    I like very songs from this album!
    Can You Feel My Heart, The House Of Wolves,Sleepwalking,Shadows Moses,Crooked Young,Hospital Of Souls - just ten from ten.
    They have experimented with sound and I am not disappointed in them!
    Really good job!The best album of the year!
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  6. Sep 2, 2016
    9
    It is one of the best albums of BMTH, with masterpieces like "Shadow Moses", "The house of Wolves", "Sleepwlaking", etc. All these with aIt is one of the best albums of BMTH, with masterpieces like "Shadow Moses", "The house of Wolves", "Sleepwlaking", etc. All these with a particular style of metalcore of BMTH, but with a very generic rock. Expand
  7. May 19, 2013
    4
    Bring Me The Horizon impressed me with there 2010 album, There Is A Hell… The album had, for me at least, the right balance between good metalBring Me The Horizon impressed me with there 2010 album, There Is A Hell… The album had, for me at least, the right balance between good metal and metalcore so to speak. I am no big fan of “screamo” just as with rap music. But the album won me over with songs like “Alligator Blood” and “Blacklist”.

    There new album, one that I first heard was going to head down a more rock road, disappoints. The first song though, “Can You Feel My Heart”, is really good. It has this electronic stutter melody line for the first thirty seconds and it is repeated later in the song. The one problem I have with this is when Oli Sykes screams. He sings softly later in the song, as he does on a couple of songs from the album, it’s just this is the beginning, of what I feel to be a new Bring Me, and they don’t feel all there.

    The album gives off this angsty metalcore clichéd filled feel to it. I know that they are trying to break the conventions of their genre, but they don’t really get anywhere. There is almost a pop punk, emo scene vibe going on. It’s like they are trying to lighten their sound to be more accessible. There are spoken word sections, like at the beginning of “Hospital For Souls” which feel really out of place. The song itself is the second redeeming quality of the album. Between the opener and “Hospital For Souls” it’s just bland and boring and I don’t want to listen to it all. I just want these two song and I want a different Bring Me, one that knows where it is going. The album brings nothing new because it is bogged down in conformity. They try, and I must give them something for that, it’s just they don’t go very far.

    The band seem to do a mix of light electronic vibes with the metal well. They did it on “Blacklist” with the help of one Sonny Moore, and they do it again here. So I don’t know if maybe they should be like Enter Shikari, but I suppose we shall have to wait and see.
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