Bring Me the Horizon- This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bring Me the Horizon has been one of the most hyped metalcore bands to come out of the United Kingdom in quite some time. Although the genre has been thriving in America, there aren’t as many big names coming from the UK. Having already released a full length (Count Your Blessings) the group now has their debut EP being put out in the US for the first time courtesy of Earache Records. But seeing as This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For predates the band’s full length by almost two years, the material is a little too inconsistent and overly generic.

Out of the four tracks on this EP, listeners could easily name the common genre elements that Bring Me the Horizon makes use of. From the gang chants to the off timing structures that could fit right in with any of the Norma Jean albums, listeners will have heard all of this before. Admittedly the band’s instrumentalists are technically capable of playing as they are able to move from half time segments to faster paced ones with relative ease. However, Bring Me the Horizon’s riffs just don’t sound unique enough on this release to stand out.

Perhaps one of the best things that can be said about this EP is how intense the vocals are. Oliver Sykes has a higher pitched screaming style when compared to groups such as Norma Jean and The Chariot, so this does help Bring Me the Horizon to stand out slightly. Some of the tracks even feature some lower pitched growling, which could definitely be expanded on. But what definitely hurts the band’s sound is the spoken word/sung segments on a few of the songs. They just sound a little cheesy and out of place.

Re-releasing older material that wasn’t previously available to fans in a particular country is always a good thing, but I can’t help but feeling that this specific EP was released only because of the band’s rising popularity. Bring Me the Horizon was off to a competent if extremely generic start with this disc and it shows some three years later. Big fans of the group will want this one to see where their starting point was, but everyone else should either stick with Count Your Blessings or just write off the band entirely.

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