There isn't a thread like this already, is there? If so, well then fuck me I failed.
Anyways, I'll start it off by reviewing Bring Me The Horizon's "There Is A Hell...Believe Me, I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven...Let's Keep It A Secret." since I haven;t done an album review in forever, and since it's my album of the year. Plus, I'm extremely bored lol.
Bring Me The Horizon - There Is A Hell...Believe Me, I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven...Let's Keep It A Secret. :
Well where to start. The epic album name of course, but the album Musically is so much better than the name. Which to be honest, I didn't expect before I heard this album.
Off the bat, this is one of the most emotional albums I've ever heard. Or at least, in a while. I don't mean emotional as "Emo I hate my life /wrists.", but literally emotional, every single song spews pure pain, anger, loss, among other things. Every song is very emotional and powerful, but in very different ways. With songs like Crucify Me being very angry, yet sad at the same time, both lyrically and musically, extremely heavy, but very melodic as well. Anthem is just uplifting, and, for me at least, a feel good song, it feels so amazing every time to scream the chorus. It Never Ends is powerful for me, and just as the title and lyrics suggest, it never ends, just when you think you're fine, everything is fucked. Fuck is the fun song on the album I guess, quite frankly just about fucking like an animal lol. The ending is very melodic and soothing and I think it flows perfectly. Don't Go....very easily the most emotional song on the album, extremely powerful song. You can quite literally hear the pain and torture in his voice. Some could say it's just another break up "don't leave me" song, but it's much more powerful then that to me, hits me on a personal level, and at the same time, makes me feel bad for Oli, whoever it's about and whatever happened. You can tell it genuinely killed him just through the Music. Home Sweet Hole is one of the really pissed off songs on the album. The chorus is just fun as hell, and the spoken part in the middle is just epic. Alligator Blood is the one of the songs on here, along with Blacklist, that just spews anger and hatred and it's just undeniably heavy. Hits me like a ton of bricks and it feels fucking amazing. Visions is another song that's very melodic on the album, and the overall "feel good" song of the album, something about the lyrics and Music put me in a pumped up, yet happy mood. Blacklist....oohhh shit. Biggest "Fuck you" song I've ever heard. Just absolute hatred in Oli's voice, it's about their old Guitarist, Curtis, and you can tell he just wants to murder that motherfucker. Exactly how I feel about certain individuals, so it hits me on a personal level as well. Memorial.....ehh. REALLY just seems like a filler instrumental. It gave off a very depressing and mournful vibe, but it was just....eh. Blessed With A Curse, extremely emotional and powerful, right up there with Don't Go. As I stated earlier, almost gave me tears just because the overall feel of the Music really hit me. Beautiful Music and vibe that it gives off, also has some of my favorite lyrics on the album "Everything I touch turns to stone, so wrap your arms around me, and leave me on my own.". Ends with The Fox And The Wolf, and eh...it's really heavy and had potential, but it's only like 103 seconds, so it also seemed like somewhat of a filler. But either way, as I just explained for each song, the entire album is just extremely emotional and powerful in some way, and it really hits me, and I love that more than anything. To be honest, that takes more talent then even the most flawless Musicianship.
Onto the Music, track by track.
One thing to mention, is literally every song has parts or specific lyrics that are just fucking fun to memorize and scream. Oli has genius lyrics on this album overall anyways.
Crucify Me: Easily the most mezmerizing song on the album. Starts off with a distant sounding acoustic Guitar, which sounds absolutely beautiful, then comes in full force, still maintaining it's melody, but becoming very heavy. This particular song has some of Oli's best Vocals I've ever heard, as far as heaviness. It has a haunting quality to it in this song, especially when he screams "I am an ocean, I am the sea, there is a world inside of me.". When the choir kicks in singing "There is a Hell believe me I've seen it, there is a Heaven, let's keep it a secret.", along with the keyboards, it's just absolutely eerie and gives me chills, it's so amazing. The part where the Music stops and Oli screams and chants "Ladies and Gentlemen, can I have your full, undivided attention, there's something you all REALLY need to know!" leading into the breakdown with the choir is just fucking mindblowing. It ends with a beautiful acoustic part sung by Lights. 10/10
Anthem: Not as much to this song musically, just extremely heavy, and the chorus is fun as all hell to just scream your head off to: "This is an Anthem! SO FUCKING SING! A dedication! TO THE END OF EVERYTHING!". That alone makes the song amazing to me. Call me easily impressed. Ha. 10/10
It Never Ends: When I first heard this, I called it my song of the year, and while it's still just as amazing, I don't think I can fairly say that anymore, it's just as amazing as every other song on the album. But it does have the best chorus on the album. Both choruses actually, since there's 2. The breakdown is just fucking insane too. THIS IS A WAR! AND I'M LOSING THE BATTLE! 10/10
Fuck: Just a fun fucking song to scream. I love the guest clean vocals, they really fit in perfectly, and the riffs are some of the best on the album. Just literally about fucking like an animal all night 'til the sun comes up lol.
SO LET'S FUCK! FUCK! FUCK FUCK FUCK! SO LET'S FUCK! 'TIL OUR LUNGS GIVE OUT!
Don't Go: Pretty much said everything I had to about this song above. Just a beautiful and extremely powerful song. Simply amazing. 10/10
Home Sweet Hole: As I already said, just a very fun song, love the chorus and breakdown. Love the spoken part in the middle "The roof is crashing down, the walls are caving in, we discover all your stories are just works of....fiction. The roof is crashing down, the truth is spilling out...", it just delivers in such an epic way that I can't even explain. 10/10
Alligator Blood: PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD! AND PAINT THE WALLS WITH MY BRAINS! PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD AND PAINT THE FUCKING WALLS!
Fucking relentless song. Just non-stop heaviness and (I hate using the word in a serious matter lol.) brutality. Just absolutely fucking crushing and angry and hateful. Pumps me up and makes me want to destroy everything. Has the best riffs on the album no doubt about it. LET'S PLAY A GAME OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE! I'LL LOAD THE GUN! YOU PLACE THE BETS! 10/10
Visions: As I said earlier, one of the songs on the album that's just...a feel good song. Something about the feel and vibe of the song make me just really happy. I like the lyrics a lot too. "I know a place that we can get away from all of this. I've been dreaming of us leaving everything and everyone we've ever known. I've been thinking all these visions must be a sign, so hold on and don't let go. No, we can't leave till you tell me everything." That line just makes me really happy when I hear it being screamed in the song. 10/10
Blacklist: PURE. FUCKING. HATRED. Heaviest song on the album next to Alligator Blood. Definitely more pissed off and hateful though. Makes me want to just brutally kill someone. Oli's voice is just filled with hate in this song. Brutal lyrics too. "It just filled me with venom, filled me with rage. To see someone not give a shit. Despite of all of this, I won't see you around, I couldn't give a fuck, I'd rather slit my wrists than keep in touch.". 10/10
Memorial: Just a filler instrumental IMO. Depressing tone to it. 7/10
Blessed With A Curse: As I said, some of my favorite lyrics on the album. Extremely beautiful song. Said everything I hat to about it above, though. 10/10
The Fox And The Wolf: Extremely heavy, with potential, but too short, and seemed like another filler to end the album with. 7/10
Final score: 11/10
This album just blew my expectations out of the water, and showed me an entire new dimension of Music. My album of the year without a doubt. I must've listened to it 20+ times already in it's entirety. Nothing this year compares. It's unique and very experimental. More unique then anything I've heard in the longest time. It's not just another Metalcore album. It's absolute perfection and it sets the bar for all Metalcore bands to follow. I know I'll expect a lot more out of an album for it to impress so heavily after hearing this album.