Sempiternal - Bring Me the Horizon
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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 18, 2013
    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
    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. 70
    BMTH sound more genuine, dramatic and emotional than they ever have before. [Jun 2013, p.89]
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    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
    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: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    Bring Me the Horizon comes together with new and old sounds to make yet another ground breaking album just like There is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen it. There is a Heaven, Let's Keep it a Secret.
    Every kind of fan of them will find something to like here.
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    Sempiternal 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. May 13, 2013
    The truth is that it is the first album I hear from Bring Me The Horizon, but I must admit that I love. When i hear the first song "Can you Feel My Heart" I thought I was wrong album for a moment, but as I said, this is the first album I heard from BMTH, but when you get listening to him you realize that it is a powerful album. Ultimately Bring Me The Horizon are well energized. It's very noticeable electronic presence. Although guitarist Lee Malia said that the album would influence post-rock, electronic influences abound in this album really, with the addition of Jordan Fish (keyboards synthesizers). In short, "Sempiternal" is an excellent album that really shows what Bring Me the Horizon can do, but as I said, this is the first album I heard from them, so I can not tell if it's the better.But, incorporation keyboardist "Jordan Fish" really do look the sound of the band.
    For the moment, is the best album of the year I've heard, we'll see if another group or artist surpasses.
  4. Feb 24, 2014
    New bmth incredible! voice Oliver sounds much better than in the first three albums, perhaps due to the change of the genre ,but it's not important sounds unforgettably Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    Very rarely does an album get released which is flawless. Every song is as good as the last... It isn't let down by one bad song or one bad moment. I wasn't in to Metalcore or bands that scream before this album, so hats off to Bring me the horizon! Made me a huge fan! Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2013
    This album absolutely surpassed any expectations I had for Bring Me the Horizon's fourth full-length album. Bring Me the Horizon has not only matured musically and aesthetically, but seems to have revolutionized the artistic journey of songwriting. Penning lyrics that may offend the pious, affirm feelings of revenge, create the notion of pessimistic optimism, Sykes manages to do all of this in a unique and artistic manner. With clear influences from other genres of music, Sempiternal solidifies BMTH position as one of the bands that can essentially remain the most underestimated, yet buzzed-about bands of 2013. If you purchase this album, be prepared to sing along to every lyric and feel the emotion that radiates from the charismatic lead singer. Overall, this band is quite possibly be one of the most underestimated within the genre but know this: It will all change with the release of such a brilliant album. Expand
  7. May 19, 2013
    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 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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