This is “Sempiternal”, the fourth album by British metallers, Bring Me The Horizon, and the follow up to the band’s 2010 opus “There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven, Lets Keep It A Secret” which was an album that propelled the band to newer heights than they’d seen before. As the title suggests, this new album looks to be the one the band hopes will cement their legacy and everlasting status in the rock world.
Things start off interestingly enough, with the dancey, beat driven ‘Can you feel my heart?’ which features a lush melody and some of the bet vocals Oli Sykes has ever committed to tape. As an opening song, it sets the tempo of the album brilliantly, but also lets you as the listener know that this is a new revitalised Bring Me The Horizon and with this album, all bets are off.
Fret not though, there are some heavy moments on the record too, with the likes of ‘House of Wolves’, ‘Empire (Let them sing)’ and ‘Antivist’ bringing the thunder and the riffs in equal measure. There are softer moments on the album and it’s in these moments that Bring Me The Horizon really shine and show just what a great and diverse band they have become over the years. This is yet another step in the bands evolution that started with ‘Suicide Season’.
The albums centrepiece is the melancholic anthem in waiting ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’ which for me personally is one the best songs they have ever put their name to. It perfectly showcases the more melodic side to Oli Sykes‘ voice, which in itself shines through really well on this album as there are a lot of different uses to it.
There are moments on “Sempiternal” that will genuinely surprise people and I mean that in a good way. I think if you put this album on for people and didn’t tell them who it was then most people wouldn’t even know and most people would even enjoy it without the prior judgement or opinion of the band in their head.
“Sempiternal” is a bold, brave and hugely additive album that proves without a shadow of a doubt that the future of british metal is in safe hands, Bring Me The Horizon have really come of age and have put all the doubters and haters in their place with an album that many thought they would never be capable of making. Stunning stuff from one of our brightest hopes.