Bring Me The Horizon
There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Lets Keep It a Secret.
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Mary Ouellette
Love them or hate them Bring Me The Horizon has always been one of those bands that people are talking about and with their new album There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Lets Keep It a Secret. (TIAHBMISITIAHLKIAS for short?) the band continues to be the reigning champs of metalcore, ushering in a new generation. TIAHBMISITIAHLKIAS channels the struggles of battling that dark side that questionably resides deep within all of us and keeping it in check- the soundtrack to your classic good versus evil concept. In some ways the overall sound of this album mirrors that approach giving us both the side of Bring Me The Horizon that we’ve come to appreciate with precise shredding guitar work, breakdowns and gang vocals while also showcasing a new experimental side of the band with some electronic and string elements infused throughout and an overall much more cohesive effort.
The album starts off with “Crucify Me”, a song that lulls you in like a child to candy with its soft intro before it rips into the meat of the track and becomes a full on assault of the senses lead by the screaming battle cry of front man Oli Sykes. Surprise guest appearance by electro-pop artist Lights in this song introduced by Syke’s cry of “Ladies and Gentleman, can I have your full undivided attention – there’s something you really need to know” – followed by a bone-chilling choir chanting the album title finishing off with Lights doing the same. While this song is all over the place it somehow all fits and sets the bar high for the rest of the album.
“It Never Ends” and “Home Sweet Hole” are reminiscent of Bring Me The Horizon’s previous release Suicide Season and continue to build on the chemistry that the band seems to be falling comfortably into reminding us that while this band has definitely grown, their roots are intact.
“Fuck” displays the thrashier side of the band and also features a guest vocal from You Me at Six’s Josh Franeschi. There are lots of guest surprises on this album – always a good thing.
“Don’t Go” shows off the softer side of BMTH with a ballad of sorts. Starting off with some brooding strings and mellow guitar leads into Sykes abrasive chorus. A flawlessly placed Lights makes her second appearance on the album offering up the perfect vocal complement to Sykes rough around the edges vocal stylings. This song evokes a lot of emotion all around.
“Memorial” is an instrumental track. Instrumental tracks sometimes feel to serve no purpose and get lost in the shuffle but “Memorial” seems to offer up the a perfectly somber intro to one of my favorite tracks on the album, a song that ties the whole album together. “Blessed With A Curse” lyrically and sonically speaks loudest to the good vs. evil concept offering up a song where the lyrics and music fully meet in a head on collision. If asked which song on the album encompassed it best – this would be my pick, simply because it shows how far the band has come all in one song.
While lyrically overall the songs are still dark they seem to dig a bit deeper than Sykes has dared to go or was ready to go to in the past, serving up a maelstrom of equal parts fear, loathing and discontent. Laying it all out on the line this time around the results are honest songs that pack a soul-crushing punch from start to finish. People tend to throw the world “vulnerable” around a lot when describing a lyricist who’s honest but it would seem to me that the two go hand in hand. As music fans, we want to hear songs that we can believe in, Sykes delivers this time around.
And what about the rest of the band? We’ve made many mentions of Sykes in the lead role but this isn’t a solo show, it’s definitely the sum of the parts that makes this album a success. Guitarists Lee Malia and Jona Weinhofen make their presence known throughout and shines most brightly during “Blessed With A Curse” and the all out shredding on “Fuck” and “Anthem”. Rhythm section Matt Kean on bass and Matt Nicholls on drums are solid as well with noted highlights in ”Home Sweet Hole” and “Alligator Blood”.
On their third album BMTH continue to evolve and while we can always look back in history and draw comparisons and influences, Bring Me The Horizon are blazing their own trail and have fast become the band that others follow. There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Lets Keep It a Secret. will further seal their place at the top of the metalcore food chain.
BMTH has always been the most impressive on a live stage so it will be great to see how they serve up this new collection of musical ammuntion to the masses. BMTH will be headlining the upcoming AP Tour that kicks off on October 13th in Pontiac, MI and wraps up at the end of November in Cleveland, OH. Joining them on the tour will be August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club and This Is Hell.
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