Album Review:Sempiternal by Bring Me the Horizon

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Sempiternal by Bring Me the Horizon

Record Label: Epitaph Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore/Metalcore

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Songs: 11
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Bring Me the Horizon are a British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire that formed in 2004. The band have released 4 albums-Suicide Season, Blessings, There is a Hell, Believe Me, I’ve Seen it. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret., and Sempiternal. The group currently consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish.

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Never judge an album by an artist’s past work. It’s a simple rule yet I find myself always doing just that. Which is why reviewing this album is something I never thought, never imagined I would ever find myself doing. Yet, here I am. By far, this is their best album yet and that’s probably because they finally listened to the world and made a very smooth transition from hardcore to post-hardcore. To be completely honest, I’m still not a fan of their music, in general, but Sempiternal has made Bring me the Horizon one that I will watch out for once they start releasing new music.

For anyone who has listened to a few of these songs already, or have seen some of the titles (track list is below!), It’s obvious that this album is a heavily religious album. And not in a, ‘we love God, he showed us the way.” But in a mocking way with Ollie Sykes screaming lyrics like-“FUCK YOUR FAITH!/No one’s gonna save you!/FUCK YOUR FAITH!/There’s no hope for us/We speak in tongues”. I’m not a religious person however I do find some of these lyrics rude and offensive to many people no matter what they stand for.

Sempiternal is full of great intro especially in Can You Feel My Heart where the techno beats clashes wonderfully with the guitars and bass. Now pair that with some extremely relatable lyrics (non religious) in And the Snakes Start to Sing, Sleepwalking, and Seen it All Before. I also love how the album is full of many keyboard pieces that really add to the songs, even in the slightest way.

Bring me the Horizon has always been known as that band that could be better if only they changed their sound. With loyal band members that enjoy making music together, sometimes, when a band changes their sound, it’s for the best and not for the worst. It only depends on the band and whether they are doing it for the right reasons.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Can You Feel My Heart-3:55

2. The House of Wolves-3:26

3. Empire (Let Them Sing)-3:45

4. Sleepwalking-3:51

5. Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake-4:02

6. Shadow Moses-4:12

7. And the Snakes Start to Sing-5:03

8. Seen it All Before-4:09

9. Antivist-3:17

10. Crooked Youth-3:37

11. Hospital for Souls-6:38

Album Review: Sunflower by Never Shout Never

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Sunflower by Never Shout Never

Record Label: Loveway Records

Genre: Indie/Pop

Release Date: June 28, 2013

Songs: 12
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Never Shout Never is an American indie/pop band, formed in Joplin, Missouri in 2007. The group has released Five full-length albums: What Is Love?, Harmony, Time Travel, Indigo, and Sunflower  and four EPs: The Summer EP, Never Shout Never , Me And My Uke, and The Yippee. The band was first a one-man show with only Christofer Drew who started by posting a few songs on Myspace. Now, the band has a bassist who does vocals (Taylor MacFee) and a drummer who also plays guitar and does vocals (Hayden Kaiser).

opinion

I really hate to say it, but I think it’s time Never Shout Never called it quits. And I hate, repeat hate when bands break up. No mater how much or how little I enjoy the band, it just sucks that they’re letting their fans down. But this album..it’s just letting the fans down either way.

Almost every about this album gets on my nerves. Especially Aeroplane because it sounds exactly like California only with different lyrics. The vocals throughout the album are drawn out to the point where I can’t bring myself to care what he’s saying or even try to pay attention. I can deal with a few slow songs with a nice beat to accompany it but I can’t deal with slow vocals and then fast guitar and drum parts.

Lady Bug is a really well written song, I love the live version they did on their YouTube channel instead of this one. The version on Sunflower is very loud and not in a comforting way. But, I still like the song itself with the romantically sad lyrics and great guitar riffs. Sunflower is just a really depressing album. Not because of the songs, but because of the band. I don’t recommend this to anyone. If anyone wants to find new music, stick to the old Never Shout Never I think everyone can agree that it’s a lot better.

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1.5 Sad Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1.New Sound– 3:38

2. Good Times-4:06

3. Wild Child-3:07

4. I Need You-3:08

5. Falling Up-3:10

6. Subliminal Messages-2:44

7. Aeroplane-4:01

8. Sunflower-3:03

9. Malibu-2:24

10. Knock, Knock-3:35

11. Old Timer-3:00

12. Ladybug-2:39

Album Review: Burnout by Anarbor

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Record Label: Hopeless Records

Genre: Pop/Rock

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Songs: 17
Burnout (Deluxe Version) - Anarbor

Anarbor is an American alternative rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed in 2003. They have released four EPs: The Natural Way, Free You mind, The Mixtape, and Let The Games Begin as well as two albums: The Words You Don’t Swallow and Burnout. Current member are: Slade Echeverria (lead vocals, bass guitar) Dave Melillo (lead guitar, backing vocals).

opinion

Darker and edgier, Anarbor has brought back music that is known and well-loved, only a step further. Burnout is honestly like a powerful high. It starts off extremely strong with beats and heavy tunes that reel you in right away but the middle is the weak part with a sense of sameness and repetition that falters and a less than stellar ending that leaves you wanting more but then making you think maybe you’ve had enough.

The album starts off very dark and edgy, it’s definitely darker than their old stuff and then shifts over to their pop side that explains their relationship with their record label. For some songs, the strong beginning and then pop chorus works like in Damage I’ve Done and Who Can Save Me Now but for others they fall a bit flat and lose my interest. The back-up vocals in just about every song really ruins it. Especially in Whiskey in Hell which is all around, a bad-ass song but the too high back-up vocals tarnishes it and makes the song a lot less cool. Same thing with the lyrics, unmistakably, the lyrics are fun and dirty but they’re all about the same thing–booze, drugs, and sex. And after a while, those things don’t sound as cool as they once did during the beginning.

What I do like about Burnout is that everything they’ve done has progressed by a lot. It’s evident in their solos in Every High Has A Come Down, 18, and I Hate You So Much just to name a few. The guitar riffs are a lot smoother and better put together as well as for the bass because the bass and guitar are on the same page as the drummer. I was really surprised with the drumming, I wasn’t expecting it to be so powerful and demanding in Every High Has A Come Down, Whiskey in Hell, and I Don’t Love You Anymore it’s wild and I love it. The vocals are stronger and rougher which is shown in many of the songs. I’m really happy with how much these guys have grown!

Overall, Burnout isn’t a bad album. It’s good, it has some killer solos and duets that keep the album fun. There are a few notable songs that everyone will love and enjoy because of the bad-ass attitude they have. But somewhere along the way, the songs start to merge together and lose my attention. However, I like this album and my favourite songs are: Every High Has A Come Down, 18, Whiskey in Hell, and Take My Pain Away. I recommend this to long time Anarbor fans as well as anyone looking for some fun songs about getting high and drunk without minding the hangover that might come with it.

Three Sexy Treble Clefs
Three Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Every High Has a Come Down-3:18

2. Damage I’ve Done-3:58

3. 18-2:38

4. Whiskey in Hell-2:55

5.Who Can Save Me Now-3:15

6. I Hate You So Much-3:10

7. Take My Pain Away-3:34

8. It’s A Fact-3:18

9. I Don’t Love You Anymore-3:15

10. Freaks-2:52

11. Rock To My Roll-2:48

12. Before The World Ends-3:32

13. What He Don’t Know-3:21

14.Every High Has a Come Down (Acoustic)-3:14

15. 18 (Acoustic)-2:43

16.  Take My Pain Away (Acoustic)-3:34

17. Whiskey In Hell (Acoustic)-3:05