Bring me The Horizon released their debut album into the world on October 30, 2006 in the UK, and then in August 2007 here in the US, and it was called Count Your Blessings. They actually had two EPs before this album came out that came out in 2004, and the first one actually did feature a couple of the same songs that are on this album. Those songs include "(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa)", and "Off the Heezay."
Something I noticed right off the bat about early Bring Me The Horizon is they had some interesting song titles. I mean, "I Used To Make Out With Medusa"? "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick"? and "For Stevie Wonders Eyes Only (Braille.)" They definitely had fun naming their songs back in the day. Those are just tracks on this album, though I do really want to acknowledge the fact that on their second EP they have a song called "RAWWWWWWR!" That's just amusing, considering that's how a lot of people view screaming in music, because they often can't get past the meaning.
Anyways, onto this album. Its noted for being 'deathcore' and is definitely the exact opposite of how BMTH is today. If I'm honest, we like the progress they've made. Many people feel differently and think the earlier, much heavier Bring Me The Horizon is much better, but if you ask me, the geniune talent the band has is totally hidden in the deathcore style. Where as now, you hear the instrumentals beautifully, you hear Oli singing, not just screaming and growling into a microphone, and what is most important to me -you hear the meaning.
That being said, when I look at the lyrics, I quite like the lyrics to several of the songs. One of them being a song I mentioned above because of the funny title. "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick." The song obviously has nothing to do with AC Slater from Saved By The Bell, and despite its amusing title, it actually comes from a very dark place. It seems like its coming from a very despressed place after a break up. Obviously, that's sad and you just want to help, but this was ten years ago so its much better now. The way he worded this though was quite beautiful, "You've got a mouth like a razor blade, it cuts so deep. So kiss my wrists and my neck, and give me eternal sleep." It does make you step back and think for a moment.
Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me", was completely lying to themselves. Words kill. But they also inspire great lyrics sometimes.
So, I think its pretty obvious what I think of this album. I'm not a fan but can appreciate some of the lyrics. I also appreciate that it definitely was a good start in their growth to what I know and love today. But now there's a question for you. What do you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below, or over on Facebook or Twitter.
After you do that, head on over to BMTH's official website to check out everything they have going on. They're easily one of the busiest bands out there right now, between tours in a few different countries and festivals all over the world, they just never slow down.
They have takes coming up here shortly in Mexico, Beliguim, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, and the US. US dates include festivals such as Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Pointfest, and Rock On The Range. They also will go back to Europe around the end of May to play many festivals there as well! Go look at all their upcoming dates on the Bring me The Horizon official website.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.