Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings
Bring Me the Horizon, "Count Your Blessings"
Straight up: The United Kingdom's latest buzz band, Bring Me The Horizon, will appeal to fans of Suicide Silence, Job For A Cowboy, and the modern crop of bands that have apparently tricked themselves into thinking they're death metal behind the guise of the incredibly vague and gregarious "Metal / Hardcore / Thrash" MySpace tag. Therefore, let's put it up front: I'm not much of a fan. Well actually, it's not even because the ridiculous deathcore sound, or even their stupid haircuts, though, it's because this is just plain boring. Note to MySpace bands: listen to Dying Fetus and Suffocation and take notes, because that's how you mix beat downs and with blast beats.
Originally released in the Europe on Visible Noise, and later seeing a Stateside release via Earache, Count Your Blessings is the 2006/2007 album from heavy metal's newest heartthrobs, following the 2005 release, and subsequent buzz, of the This Is What The Edge of Your Seat Was Made For EP. From time to time, Bring Me The Horizon will nail a catchy riff or technical passage - "A Lot Like Vegas," the galloping verse of "Off The Heezay," or "Liquor & Love Lost"'s Gothenburg single note melodies and proficient solo - only to all too often (and all to predictably) overshadow any such redeeming factor by heavy-handed, and again predictable, breakdowns at half speed. If it's not that, it's that the band tosses a monotone, standard deathcore vocal passage sandwiched between the band's best imitation of a real death metal vocalist.
While "Slow Dance" ditches the vocals for an instrumental approach, it's essentially just a 76 second breakdown with a few seconds of *gasp* At The Gates riffs thrown in to be 'brutal.' Take note, though, because listeners are treated to a 5:39 track in "(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa," which exists among a myriad of two- to four-minute songs. And let's just say, this track is twice as long as it needs to be.
Credit where it's due to the band, they do have some quality parts from time to time, albeit far outnumbered by the generic, and the very atmospheric and inspirational instrumental "15 Fathoms, Counting," which presumably inspired Count Your Blessings' cool artwork layout, is a really killer song. For every cool solo on the album, though, there are two or three breakdowns and for every other cool riff there are a plethora of clichés.
Deadtide readers can rest assured; Bring Me The Horizon probably isn't one for the CD collection. If you were sick of metalcore, and are already sick of the deathcore phenomenon, then go ahead and skip this one. But hey...you - yes you, scenester kid that stumbled onto Deadtide by accident: hike up your sister's pants, quick straighten your hair (remember to brush it all to one side!) and get mommy to run to Best Buy, because you found your new favorite band...Until the next fad comes along. Don't scoop up that show ticket just so quick, either - they're terrible live too.
15 Fathoms, Counting