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Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

Who'd have thunk it? It feels like barely a year since Bring Me The Horizon appeared out of nowhere amidst a swirl of hype and hair straightener puns. Best newcomer awards and cover shoots followed, as did an album that garnered a reception from critics and music fans that could define the marmite/band metaphor. And we can't hold back - we fell into the "it's sh*t in a plastic container" category. From the very first moment our ears caught what all the fuss was about, we were set against them. Because it sounded terrible. All image, hype and a style contrived from something done before, we thought it couldn't possibly last the course. And then they released Suicide Season.

The wonders of change. There's still songs like 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' that are little more than the noisiest vomit you've ever heard, but now they have tracks like the devastating 'Chelsea Smile' and the repetitive but bludgeoning 'Written In Blood. There's a far more metalcore approach, with slower chugtastic moments varying pace and a number of more expansive, gothic-tinged elements more akin to Bleeding Through, and with the help of Sam Carter from Architects on 'The Sadness Will Never End', there's even some (gasp!) proper singing. Their age may still show in their lyrics, but as clumsy as "I should have f*cking pissed on you!" is, you cant blame the lad for putting something about that debacle on record.

One of Suicide Season's greatest assets is its sense of menace. BMTH were always meant to be a terrifying prospect, but Count Your Blessings was so messy its attempts to be something dangerous were laughable. But here, by allowing layers and riffs time to breathe, efforts like the title track prove far more intimidating than any lightning-paced deathcore mush ever could.

It's a clear development in sound, and though many of those calling themselves 'fans' are already ditching them for drastically changing their sound, it's a simple, clear fact that this is a massive improvement. Now they actually have memorable songs! And in opening trio 'The Comedown', 'Chelsea Smile' and 'Written In Blood', they finally have good ones. Those jokes about their fringes aren't going anywhere, but it's a surprising fact that neither, it seems, are Bring Me The Horizon.Phillip May

Released 1 Jan 1970 // // Rating:

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Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

Who'd have thunk it? It feels like barely a year since Bring Me The Horizon appeared out of nowhere amidst a swirl of hype and hair straightener puns. Best newcomer awards and cover shoots followed, as did an album that garnered a reception from critics and music fans that could define the marmite/band metaphor. And we can't hold back - we fell into the "it's sh*t in a plastic container" category. From the very first moment our ears caught what all the fuss was about, we were set against them. Because it sounded terrible. All image, hype and a style contrived from something done before, we thought it couldn't possibly last the course. And then they released Suicide Season.

The wonders of change. There's still songs like 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' that are little more than the noisiest vomit you've ever heard, but now they have tracks like the devastating 'Chelsea Smile' and the repetitive but bludgeoning 'Written In Blood. There's a far more metalcore approach, with slower chugtastic moments varying pace and a number of more expansive, gothic-tinged elements more akin to Bleeding Through, and with the help of Sam Carter from Architects on 'The Sadness Will Never End', there's even some (gasp!) proper singing. Their age may still show in their lyrics, but as clumsy as "I should have f*cking pissed on you!" is, you cant blame the lad for putting something about that debacle on record.

One of Suicide Season's greatest assets is its sense of menace. BMTH were always meant to be a terrifying prospect, but Count Your Blessings was so messy its attempts to be something dangerous were laughable. But here, by allowing layers and riffs time to breathe, efforts like the title track prove far more intimidating than any lightning-paced deathcore mush ever could.

It's a clear development in sound, and though many of those calling themselves 'fans' are already ditching them for drastically changing their sound, it's a simple, clear fact that this is a massive improvement. Now they actually have memorable songs! And in opening trio 'The Comedown', 'Chelsea Smile' and 'Written In Blood', they finally have good ones. Those jokes about their fringes aren't going anywhere, but it's a surprising fact that neither, it seems, are Bring Me The Horizon.Phillip May