Bring Me the Horizon - _Count Your Blessings_
(Earache / Visible Noise, 2007)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
Get this, Bring Me the Horizon has been referred to as "discordant fashioncore". What the hell does that even mean? Some other pitifully worthless labels for this Sheffield, England quintet have included deathcore, emo, metalcore and "screamo" -- another fantastically pedestrian and lackluster term. Such descriptions do forge a thin-lipped grin, however, when they are applied to bands in an effort to pigeonhole what is better left to the imagination. It is fairly common knowledge that there are those among the masses that hitch their wagons lock, stock 'n' barrel to what others imagine bands sound like -- classification of their style; grouping or labeling, if you will. Bring Me the Horizon is a great case study referencing that phenomenon of categorization.

Bring Me the Horizon, often referred to as BMTH, formed in the Sheffield area in 2004 and offered forth their debut EP _This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For_. On October 30th, 2006, _Count Your Blessings_ was released overseas, and it was out on Earache here in the States on August 14, 2007.

_Count Your Blessings_ is like a seismic cosmic detonation -- mostly because it was completely unexpected. Not often can a band, especially one so fresh on the scene, lay waste to the status quo the way BMTH has pulled off on their debut full-length.

Versatile, black/death vocals from the young Oli Sykes are nearly as identifiable with BMTH as John Tardy's delivery is trademarked for the illustrious Obituary. Many years, style, and development separate the two bands, but individuality needs to be acknowledged.

Content is a double-edged battle axe when discussing _CYB_. On one hand, the band's musical substance, style and form is radically edgy with the audible facade of direction; it works very well. The lyrical message, on the other hand, plays off like a masculine version of Veronica Sawyer's maniacal ramblings to herself in the 1989 dark comedy film "Heathers". This type of theme making up the lyrical content is, or should be, expected given the fact we are not talking about Black Sabbath's level of experience here either.

At the end of the day, lyrics aside, BMTH is a bombastically intense group of noisy strapping young lads (S.Y.L. reference intended). Their music reflects a willingness to push the envelope, row against the current, and decimate conventional musical standards at will. As Jason "JD" Dean pontificated in "Heathers", "The extreme always seems to make an impression." Bring Me the Horizon would completely agree.

Contact: http://www.earache.com

(article published 9/9/2007)


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