Monday, October 4, 2010


Bring Me The Horizon – There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret
Epitaph, 2010
A band that reportedly copped their name from a line in a Disney movie doesn’t exactly excite me, and the ridiculous album title (even abbreviated as its acronym TIAHBMISITIAHLKIAS it’s ludicrous) set me on edge even before listening to this metalcore pile. Sure, There Is A Hell… is heavy, but trying to legitimize Bring Me The Horizon is like trying to justify Poison as a serious act. The album is full of generic, down-tuned riffs that bludgeon you while listening to the monotonous, slurred rantings of vocalist Oliver Sykes. Throw in some nauseating electronically-manipulated vocals inspired by dance bands, run-of-the-mill gang vocals, and some female vocals, and everything is in place to appeal to every conceivable trend. If ever a band could define mallcore, this is it. Bring Me The Horizon sells a lot of records, God bless ‘em, but it’s difficult to imagine the band having any staying power. If you’re not already familiar with the band, consider yourself lucky and just keep it that way. The only upside to Bring Me The Horizon’s popularity is that they can serve as a “gateway drug” to bring more young kids into the world of discovering respectable bands. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that Bring Me The Horizon represents all that is wrong with the evolution of metalcore, much in the way that Def Leppard’s most popular albums made a mockery of metal. There is absolutely nothing enjoyable or redeeming about There Is A Hell…, and regretfully, listening to this is time that I’ll never get back.
Bring Me The Horizon performs an all ages show on Tuesday, October 19 at The Cabooze in Minneapolis. Support will come from August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, and This Is Hell.

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