Published Nov 19, 2008Suicide Season will be the deciding factor in Bring Me The Horizons acceptance into, or rejection from, the heavy music scene. Their first full-length release, Count Your Blessings, was the young bands introduction; it featured deathcore-styled music that focused on non-stop guitar attacks, fierce technical drumming and the heaviest vocals Oliver Sykes could conjure. Wanting to grow and mature while remaining faithful to their style, BMTH have done exactly that by adding more accessibility to their music while evolving Sykes vocal approach. "Chelsea Smile and "It Was Written In Blood shows musical development from the band, with catchier rhythms, lessened guttural vocals and more structured songwriting, as opposed to reverting to a technical onslaught of guitar riffs. BMTH havent sold out their prior sound by any means, and even the aforementioned songs have segments of thrash guitars, pounding bass and spleen-rupturing vocals that are reinforced by "Football Season Is Over and "Death Breath, where they revert closely to their heavier, death-laced style. Suicide Season is a great progression from the young Sheffield, England band that rightly graduated from maiming their instruments and now look to imprint themselves on the heavy music scene.
What was the main goal with Suicide Season?
Sykes: What we wanted to do was something completely different than the CD we did before, Count Your Blessings. We kind of wanted to try a whole bunch of new things that other bands arent doing and see what we could do with what weve got. I dont really know that we had a goal. Do you know what I mean? We just wrote our songs and got on with it.
You seem like youre having a lot more fun on this record.
Yeah, man, definitely. We came up with a solution to test the boundaries of what a genre should be and decided, "fuck it, well just do whatever. It doesnt matter if people think its stupid or silly or whatever. We are just going to do whatever we want to do. It definitely came out more fun and more fun to play live and its more bouncy and catchier, I think.
Do you feel like too many bands in heavy music take themselves too seriously?
I think some of them can. There are a lot of bands that think being in a band is purely business and its all work. You know, you write your album and you play your shows and you go back to your bus and sleep. For me, its a bit different. I mean, yeah, its our job because weve put a lot of effort into what we wrote and what we do live but at the same time, youve been given this opportunity and its the best fucking thing in the world. Some bands cant wait to get home and have a holiday but for me, and I think the rest of the band, this is it. You know going home is the bad part and thats the work. Being on tour is really like your holiday; you get to be in different city every day and partying and getting to do what ever the fuck you want really. You play a show for an hour every night, which is also amazing. When you treat it as just a job and cant wait to get home, thats not right.
"Chelsea Smile and "It Was Written In Blood have some catchy rhythms. What made you decide to take that approach?
I dont know. I think weve always wanted to be a really heavy band, and will continue to be, but I think its good when a band can be really heavy and still have catchy hooks and riffs without it being cheesy and typical. Thats what were trying to do. Were trying to make the heaviest and catchiest music possible.
Judging from your cover art, is there some theme of distaste towards women?
In Suicide Season there really isnt at all. There is some anger directed towards one girl in general but not at all women yet. The cover of the album relates to Suicide Season and is about me opening up and talking about things that Ive never shared with anyone and its more like me putting all my feelings into that album from the last few years of my life. The whole idea behind the cover is that the girl [on the cover] has her intestines out and its about spilling your guts basically, and opening up to the world. The cover art was my idea and that was the reasoning behind it.
Suicide Season seems to be a little more mature musically and it takes BMTH away from the deathcore genre affiliation. Was this intentional?
Yeha. This whole deathcore thing, I dont really get it. We wrote that album, Count Your Blessings, and were into metal but we never really paid any attention to the whole genre thing and deathcore. Then Suicide Season came out and so many people were like, "Oh, what the fuck? This isnt deathcore anymore. We were like, "its not what-core? We didnt get it. To be honest, we couldnt be more pleased to be getting away from that whole genre because, Im not saying its not good music, its just such an overpopulated scene thats killing itself. All these bands come out and they arent even playing music; theyre about trying to write the most technical songs. Theyre just trying to write the most complex and intricate songs and theyve lost sight of what music is all about. I dont know, theres something twisted to it. It should be catchy and stick in your head. Do you know what I mean? (Epitaph)