Back in 2008, Bring Me The Horizon released their second album, Suicide Season. It was thought as a turning point for BMTH, because their first album was often described as 'deathcore', while Suicide Season was more metalcore than anything else.
None the less, its did fairly well, and does feature a couple of the songs that are most often associated with Bring Me The Horizon. The album peaked at number two on the US Top Heakseekers charts, and broke the top 30 in Australia, and Swedish, top 100 in the Netherlands, and top 50 in the UK.
The only song from this album we've listened to consistently for years has been "Diamonds Aren't Forever." However, we decided to go back and give it a second chance. I've kind of always felt like older BMTH was too heavy, which was kind of a shame because lyrically, we've always like what I've heard. Or read, really, because the music kind of drowns out the lyrics in my opinion. Others very clearly feel differently than I do though.
After revisiting the album, honestly I can't say my thoughts have changed. Oli's screaming, growling, whatever you wish to call it, just doesn't please me. Don't get me wrong, I actually like Bring Me The Horizon....but its their newer stuff. I can see why some don't, if they prefer the heavier earlier stuff. They're polar opposites, but I personally just don't care for the sound of early Bring Me the Horizon.
That being said, when I look up the lyrics, its wonderful. Oli Sykes is a very talented lyricist, I just, unfortunately, cannot actually hear the beauty in it. One thing I can say though is that it is rather impressive that a band can change their style so much in just a matter of five full length albums. They have changed so drastically -its like they're an entirely different band! That is most definitely a special art form that not every artist can master.
What are your thoughts? Please let me know, because I'm curious to see what others think. Personally, I'm going to stick to blasting That's The Spirit and Sempiternal, but still appreciate that others rock out to this on a daily basis.
While you're at it, head on over to Bring Me The Horizon's official website to check out everything they've got going on in the coming months. They are quite possibly the busiest band out there right now, as they will be performing all over the globe. While they are not going to make it to every continent, they sure as hell are trying. They will be touring in South America this March, all over Europe through April 22, and then at all sorts of festivals in the US, and later on in Europe. They will be performing at 14+ festivals, most of which are listed below!
Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On the Range, BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2016, Rock Am Ring, Rock IM Park, Greenfield festival 2016, Aerodrome Festival, Hellfest, the Amnesia Rockfest and more!
For further information, such as ticket prices, exact locations, lineups and more, head on over to the respective festival websites or Bring Me the Horizon's official website.
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