Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #272 / 1040
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
2013 Ratings: #203
Liked by 16 people
April 1, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA, Epitaph / Label
Metalcore, Metal / Genres
bmthofficial.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Alternative Press

Sempiternal marks their most striking—and fearless—evolution to date.

90
Metal Hammer

Put plainly, Sempiternal isn’t simply the best album of BMTH’s career. It’s one of the best albums of recent times – metal or otherwise. The time to embrace the genre’s modern trailblazers has come.

85
Metal Injection

It may be a redundant statement, but when metalcore is good, it’s just good. Bring Me The Horizon has a pretty good reputation of just bringing it every time they have a new release. And bring it they did on Sempiternal.

80
NME

Ready to break noisily out of the underground, the quintet have made one of the year’s most accomplished metal albums.

80
Sputnikmusic
For the first time, Bring Me The Horizon feel very comfortable with the idea that they are a popular metalcore band, which makes this increase in melodic songwriting acceptable, but more importantly, very enjoyable.
80
AllMusic

Though fans of the band's earlier works might see this kind of change as an unwelcome invader, they certainly can't say it's one they didn't see coming. Bring Me the Horizon have been working slowly but surely to refine their sound for years now, and with Sempiternal, it feels like their patience and hard work are finally beginning to pay dividends.

80
musicOMH

Whether Sempiternal actually betters There Is A Hell… is a difficult question to answer. It’s certainly slicker, at any rate; infinitely more accessible and offering melodies more readily primed for daytime radio audiences.

70
PopMatters

Sempiternal contains the best music this young group of musicians have ever created, and Bring Me the Horizon are now relevant in the grand scheme of things, whether you choose to admit it or not.

70
Exclaim!
By channelling the pop-smarts of Linkin Park through Underoath, Bring Me The Horizon have crafted an album that, while not as post-rock-influenced as hinted at, is definitely post-Bring Me The Horizon, at least as we once knew them.
60
The Guardian

Polished to a devastating sheen by producer Terry Date, Sempiternal screams its ambition from the rooftops, its creators' trademark blend of pounding riffs and modern pop gimmicks rendered in vivid shades.

40
The Needle Drop
Though Bring Me The Horizon comes off as being more ambitious than your average metalcore act out there today, too many of their songs are still bogged down in average riffing and melodramatic lyrics that are really too vague for the listener to draw any specific emotional connections.
Songsearcher1
80
This album's kind of nostalgic to me, and one of my first metal albums I ever heard, and so I may be a bit easier with it. But even with that slight bias, I still really like this album, and for a metal album this decade, it's extremely solid.
Sykes sounds great throughout the album and everything from his screams on "Shadow Moses" to the honest and emotional singing of "And the Snakes Start to Sing", he does prove himself as a diverse vocalist. The guitars are loud, angry ... read more
MusicN
87
An apprehensively decided score, due to it being very melodramatic and scene-y, but there are some killer tracks on here that I still really enjoy to this day; it seems to be a running theme, that amongst some of us, this introduced us to modern metal. So that can only be a good thing, right?!
notbuzzzila
90
One of the best metalcore albums of the 2010's, and if you're counting electronicore as an entire genre all on its own, it's definitely among the highest ranks there, too. It's not for everybody, and maybe I only like it because of my small teenage ape brain, I don't know. I just like it either way. THIS IS SEEEMPITERNAAAAL
SebastianWolf
50
This is a weird one. It seems as if BMTH is stuck between cliches and innovation on Sempiternal. There's some great tracks here with personal or sociopolitical lyrics, yet there's also some laughably bad tracks. It's a shame that the great highs are packaged with some awful lows, for Sempiternal had potential for more.

Best lyric: "How are we on a scale of one to ten? Could you tell me what you see? Do you wanna talk about it? Have you ever took a blade to your wrists? Have you been ... read more
slickleg
95
"Can You Feel My Heart", "Sleepwalking," and "Shadow Moses" are great tracks. The rest is consistently decent/good. I enjoy this one a lot. The turning point in their music came both here and after. Here for quality, after for a massive change in sound.
Edit: grew on me so much lately
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Track List

  1. Can You Feel My Heart
  2. The House of Wolves
  3. Empire (Let Them Sing)
  4. Sleepwalking
  5. Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake
  6. Shadow Moses
  7. And the Snakes Start to Sing
  8. Seen It All Before
  9. Antivist
  10. Crooked Young
  11. Hospital for Souls
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Added on: June 15, 2013