I had never heard of New Jersey’s Beyond Dishonor before this week, but I was told that they had a single coming out titled ‘Heisenberg,’ and being a huge Breaking Bad fan, my first thoughts were, “WE HAVE TO COOK.” Apparently the song does in fact take influence from AMC’s Breaking Bad, as evidenced by flashes of the familiar yellow suit and respirator. I can get behind a well executed reference in song titles. Case in point: Bring Me The Horizon‘s ‘Shadow Moses.’
Back on track, there’s more to Beyond Dishonor than good taste in television; the music lands on the good side of the contemporary metalcore/deathcore spectrum, for fans of early Born of Osiris (sans keyboards) or Within the Ruins. Check out the teaser for ‘Heisenberg‘ below.
01. Can You Feel My Heart
02. The House of Wolves
03. Empire (Let Them Sing)
05. Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake
06. Shadow Moses
07. And the Snakes Start to Sing
08. Seen It All Before
10. Crooked Young
11. Hospital for Souls
Bring Me The Horizon are a band metal heads love to hate, for reasons good and bad. Much has been said about their image, music, lyrics and the events surrounding them as a band, a good amount of it not fit to print here, but that’s not the point of this review. The band are a about to release an album that has generated as much hype and debate as nearly any major metal release in recent memory, with some dismissing it out of hand based on the major and not so major changes the band have made, some embracing the their newfound maturity in songwriting and style, and still others are wondering what all the fuss is about, leading them to finally give the band a chance. With all that said, Sempiternal is a hotly debated and anticipated album that almost lives up to the bar set for it.
Bring Me The Horizon‘s new record leaked a few weeks ago, and ever since then the internet has been ablaze with acclaim. It’s their best, most focused work yet, and we’ll have a review coming soon. But people must also remember that Jona Weinhofen is out of the band, and now it is coming out that apparently he had little to nothing to do with the new record. Via Oli Sykes’ Twitter:
Everyone seems to be talking about the new Bring Me The Horizon single ‘Shadow Moses’ and the potential their new album could have. We’ve seen a steady maturation of the band over the years, and it’s all starting to look good. Their forthcoming album Sempiternal is supposed to have more post-rock and ambient influences, and I for one can’t wait to hear how it plays out. You’ve all likely heard the leading single already, but now there’s an interesting video to accompany the song:
The video is pretty odd. It’s like they filmed it in 3D, but instead used an effect to rapidly morph between the left and right cameras. Resident video expert Chris Collins tells me that it’s more likely that they used two cameras positioned side by side instead of a traditional 3D camera, but still the effect is pretty neat despite how jittery it is.
Sempiternal is due out April 29th on Epitaph records. Hopefully a new song is unveiled soon so we can get a better impression.
A lot of you won’t care about this particular bit of news, and it’s justified; Bring Me The Horizon have always been a very polarizing band. However, I’m personally a bit disappointed by the news of Jona Weinhofen leaving the band. Here’s a statement the guitarist issued via Tumblr:
“After a lot of time and thought ive decided to leave my current position as guitarist with Bring Me The Horizon. things in the band have been very tense with a lot of disagreements between myself and certain members who i wont name.
im thankful for my time with BMTH and i have met many good friends and been able to travel the world more.
Im planning on moving back to Australia to pursue other musical ventures.
The reason I care in the first place is because Jona has often cited influences from electronic and ambient music, which leads me to believe he was a major player in the band’s shift in sound from being a scene-friendly deathcore band into a more mature act. Although, their latest addition Jordan Fish — who played keyboards on their upcoming album Sempiternal — has taken up the task of playing guitars, so things still look a bit promising for the group’s continuing evolution. It also stands to reason that Jona will likely put greater effort and focus into I Killed The Prom Queen, who have an album in the works for 2013.
So there’s that. Bring Me The Horizon’s new Terry Date produced record Sempiternal is due out April 30th on Epitaph Records.
It wasn’t until 2011′s There Is A Hell… that I gained an appreciation for the polarizing metalcore group Bring Me The Horizon. Often credited as being one of the bands responsible for popularizing deathcore in their early days, the band has since grown and evolved, picking up more mature musical influences and going for a somewhat artsy aesthetic. My interest was piqued for their upcoming album Sempiternal when the band stated in interviews that the new material had a touch of post-rock influence; after all, who wouldn’t be slightly curious at the prospect of BMTH aping If These Trees Could Talk and This Will Destroy You. If anything, the most cynical of us could say they’ve gotten bored of ripping off Architects and instead decided to take a grab at Devil Sold His Soul.
While not necessarily in the ballpark of post-rock, Sempiternal‘s leading single ‘Shadow Moses’ does have an epic sort of air about it and has layers of ambiance. The single sounds massive, and while all we’ve got is a decent quality radio rip from Daniel P. Carter’s Rock Show on BBC Radio One, Terry Date’s production shows signs of being extravagant. Also, bonus points for the Metal Gear Solid reference.
Stream the track below:
Sempiternal will be out later this year, perhaps around April.
Bring Me The Horizon have been quite a polarizing band, and it’s easy to see why if you’ve followed their careers at all. The easiest target could lie on frontman Oli Sykes’ general unlikeability in the past and early scene-bro deathcore sound, but those arguments are washed up at this point; their transformation from ridiculous deathcore act to respectable and ambitious metalcore group (depending on who you’re talking to) is something to appreciate though. The band have matured with age, and it’s starting to really show in new and interesting ways.
Case in point, the band’s upcoming 2013 record Sempiternal is said to have a major post-rock influence. Via NME:
Bring Me The Horizon have said that post-rock bands like Explosions In The Sky and This Will Destroy You are set to be a big influence on their fourth studio album.
The band are soon set to begin work on the follow-up to ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret’ and are likely to be back in the studio by summer 2012, with guitarist Jona Weinhofen revealing that he and guitarist Lee Malia have been getting inspired by post-rock for their new material.
Weinhofen told Alternative Press: “Lee and I are listening to a lot of post-rock lately. It might sound strange, but we listen to this laid-back, epic music and think ‘If this was heavy – if we made metal out of this kind of music – it would be exactly what we want to sound like”.
I would imagine the record would sound something like fellow Britons Devil Sold His Soul, who have been combining post-rock and hardcore since their inception. Though, the newly unveiled album teaser (above) shows a striking emphasis on atmospherics and climactic songwriting. It’s hard to judge, because it’s likely just the album’s intro track, but it sounds absolutely promising for the rest of the record to come.
Sempiternal is due out in 2013, and we’ll let you know when the first full taste of the record is available.
I fell in love with Architects back in 2009′s Hollow Crown. It had the rough and technical mathcore-ish sound of Dillinger Escape Plan with progressive song structure and passionate clean singing that didn’t overstay its welcome. Two years later I fell out of love with Architects for 2011′s The Here And Now that seemed like a phoned in grasp at accessibility and had clean singing that definitely overstayed its welcome. Chris thought the album was alright, but I disagree in that I thought it was nearly dreadful. Bring Me The Horizon ended up putting out a better album, which is a day I thought I’d never see. Such is life.
“We want to get back to being Architects again,” he explains. “On the last record it felt as though we lost a lot of the energy that was there before. This time we’ve made a conscious decision to put the balls back into the music. It’s definitely the heaviest we’ve ever sounded.”
Brilliant! If that’s the case, then count me in. The album art (above) looks like Hollow Crown, but filthier. Hopefully, that’s what it will sound like as well. Daybreaker is due out May 28th in Europe and June 5th in North America on Century Media Records.
Sure, I was drinking the haterade like most of you for awhile. Their early material is fairly entry-level, and they look goofy as hell and all the little scene kids adore them, so automatically we ‘real metalheads’ have to despise them, right? It’s an understandable knee-jerk reaction, and I pretty much wrote them off after Suicide Season - although I didn’t particularly hate it – but when one of my best friends told me to check out Heaven/Hell, and literally would not stop raving about it, I gave it an open minded spin and was totally floored.
It really is a great album, and over a year later I only appreciate it more with each listen. Solid all the way through and often incredible, unbelievable production, and some of the best guitar tones I’ve ever heard on any album, in any genre. If you passed this album up, you should really give it another go.
It has come to Heavy Blog’s attention that a lot of rumours and secret projects are popping up all over our internets at the moment. Having the comparative deductive powers of Batman and Sherlock Holmes combined, we’re pretty sure we’ve worked them out. Can your own MENSA-esque IQs match ours, or are you the mental equivalent of a fetid banana? Either way, let us inform you of our theories. let the game commence!
Case 1: The Black Mass Conspiracy
Picked up by The PRP over the weekend, a couple of bands – namely Shai Hulud and Bring Me The Horizon – have been tweeting about this. Linking to this website, you get a thirteen second, Opeth-esque dark acoustic guitar loop that sounds like it’s going to build into something tasty. Never does, but it’s a brain teaser all the same. Also present is a live countdown, which will run out on October 11th, thank you very much.
This one may well have been cracked a full 57 days ahead of schedule though. We tracked down a Twitterite by the name of Curbside Audio, lassooed his feet together and dangled him over Paris Hilton’s gaping vagina, and got him to spill what beans he himself had…spull.
Mind you he got this information from Billy the Rat, who heard it from back-street Jenny, but it’s rumoured that New York hardcore band This Is Hell’s forthcoming album is to be titled The Black Mass. Given that it’s due out about that time, and both BMTH and Shai Hulud have toured with TIH in the past, and conceivably are friends, it makes sense that they’d try to churn up the rumour mill.
Case solved? Good as.
But wait! Our work is not yet done! Read on for more..