Bring Me The Horizon- Suicide Season

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I’ll admit it, like the quite a few of my fellow music journalists I didn’t really like the debut EP and album from United Kingdom based Bring Me The Horizon. The material they offered, while certainly heavy enough, jumped around way too much and seemed to be spastic just for the sake of being spastic without having a true purpose. So you can imagine my surprise when I popped in the band’s sophomore release, Suicide Season, and I was greeted by a group that not only sounds fairly different from their previous album but has improved immensely. And whole they’re still not the best act around, they’ve stepped up enough that some listeners who previously wrote them off will want to give Suicide Season a chance.

Rather than following the spastic deathcore that they established early on, Bring Me The Horizon’s instrumentalists now play more straightforward metalcore. And while this change in direction is hardly going to up the band’s originality, listeners will find that the chugging metalcore on Suicide Season fits the band better. The riffs are a lot tighter this time around and there are some genuinely catchy moments throughout the course of the album, something that really couldn’t be said about Bring Me The Horizon’s previous work. There are a few moments here and there where the band explores some synthesizer elements, but for the most part Suicide Season is comprised of straightforward, pummeling metalcore that works quite well.

To fit with the change in instrumental styles, vocalist Oli Sykes has dramatically altered his vocal style. Whereas on Bring Me The Horizon’s debut his vocals were a mixture of death metal screaming/growling with a little bit of spoken word and singing, this time around Sykes has taken on a metalcore screaming style and continued to throw just a little tiny bit of singing in here and there. While this is a bit of a drastic change, what is good about this new style is that in the process of changing Sykes hasn’t lost any of the energy he had in the past, and listeners will now be able to understand exactly what he is saying. Some long time fans may still be disappointed, but most listeners will find that the vocals now sound better than ever.

I still don’t see Bring Me The Horizon winning any best album of the year awards or anything like that, but with Suicide Season they’ve shown that they aren’t a band who is trying to follow what is trendy or popular at the moment. With this album the group really seems to be coming into their own, and while the sub-genre they are now a part of is hardly the most original they still have catchy enough riffs to stand above the hundreds of similar sounding mediocre bands out there. This isn’t a band I was expecting to recommend, but with Suicide Season Bring Me The Horizon has certainly earned it.

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