Bring Me The Horizon
This record features the least ridiculously drastic musical change Bring Me The Horizon have made between albums. From chaotic metalcore to deathcore to chug-heavy metalcore, it took the Sheffield band four tries to finally come into their own on 2010's There Is A Hell, Believe Me, I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. Sempiternal is both a continuation and expansion of that release. This could be attributed to the addition of keyboardist Jordan Fish, without whom "Can You Feel My Heart" wouldn't be possible, and the rest of the album would sound far different. It's both a blessing and a curse because, while the album is drenched in ambition and promise fulfilled, it's also laced with pretention. These occasional moments, and a reversion to their chug-heavy sound on "Anti-Vist," water down what could have been a much stronger offering. By channelling the pop-smarts of Linkin Park through Underoath, Bring Me The Horizon have crafted an album that, while not as post-rock-influenced as hinted at, is definitely post-Bring Me The Horizon, at least as we once knew them.
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