The second part of a track-by-track breakdown of “Sempiternal”, the fourth album from the British metalcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON, can be seen below. The CD will be released on April 29 in Europe via RCA and one day later in North America through Epitaph.
Proving to be perpetual favorites among fans, the CD’s first single, “Shadow Moses”, came charging out of the gates last month after premiering on Zane Lowe‘s BBC Radio 1 show, forcing Epitaph to post the song on YouTube a week in advance due to popular demand.
“There’s a very euphoric sound coursing through the album, a very uplifting but yet sad sound,” says BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oliver Sykes. “Electronically, it’s far more advanced than anything we’ve done before.”
The five-piece, consisting of Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, recorded “Sempiternal” over a three-month period with super producer Terry Date (LINKIN PARK, DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN). The band also brought in David Bendeth (A DAY TO REMEMBER, PARAMORE) to add to the all-star production lineup and mix the album.
“Writing ‘Sempiternal’ was a completely different process,” comments Sykes. “We worked from a computer, laying down ideas and riffs and working on them tirelessly until we had what we wanted.” For the first time, “Sempiternal” sees a new member appearing on the record, Jordan Fish, who takes on keyboard duties on the record as well as during live performances. “Bringing Jordan into the mix changed things completely; he opened up so many more possibilities.”
Sykes goes on to say: “The lyrical theme is everything. My head was a lot clearer when writing this time and it allowed me to write from a different perspective. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever written, in my opinion. It’s very dramatic, quite blunt, and at times sarcastic, but the biggest part of it — is how it is combined with the music to bring the listener vivid imagery and emotion. I think we really managed to pull that off.”
“Sempiternal” is an embracing ride through soaring vocals, supercharged melodies and what can only be described as spine tingling metal anthems.
After the critical and commercial success of their previous albums, “There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret” (2010) and their breakout success “Suicide Season” (2008), BRING ME THE HORIZON plans to take heavy music to the next level, incorporating the most dynamic elements of hard music to create one of the most exhilarating albums of the year.
“Sempiternal” track listing:
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. Hospitals For Souls
BRING ME THE HORIZON recently parted ways with guitarist Jona Weinhofen. A replacement axeman has not yet been announced.
“Sempiternal” track-by-track breakdown part 2:
“Sempiternal” track-by-track breakdown part 1:
“Shadow Moses” video: