Bring Me The Horizon 2004-2013 - Epitaph album review

Sheffield’s boundary-bothering five-piece remake history

Cover art for Bring Me The Horizon 2004-2013 - Epitaph

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

The most divisive heavy band in history made a shameless show of their mainstream ambitions with their 2015 major label debut, That’s The Spirit, but it was with Epitaph that their journey from metal outcasts to chart-bothering behemoths really took flight. This collection of tracks seems a little cynical, but still showcases the fascinating and, at times, enthralling journey that the Sheffield crew have undergone since they crashed into the metal scene in the early 2000s.

While it’s telling that only two tracks appear from the band’s first two noticeable releases – 2004’s This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For EP and 2006 debut album, Count Your Blessings – it’s still fun to go back and remember a) how much more polished they became within a couple of years, and b) how heavy some of those early songs are. The cynics might have scoffed, but Pray For Plagues still crushes, and what many would give to hear a riff like those on Traitors Never Play Hang-Man on an In Flames album in 2018.

Suicide Season represented a significant refining of the band’s sound, and the likes of Chelsea Smile and The Comedown still sound great, but really, it’s what came after that carried Bring Me The Horizon away from their peers and into metal’s upper echelons. Picks from both There Is A Hell… and the flawless, career-high Sempiternal showcase some incredible songwriting; of the former, Crucify Me still stands out as one of the best songs Bring Me The Horizon have ever produced, while in truth you could have picked just about anything from Sempiternal that would have been worthy of a ‘Greatest Hits’ collection. Still, you just can’t fuck with the likes of Shadow Moses and Sleepwalking – Hall Of Fame -worthy anthems whichever way you look at them. Ultimately, this makes for an interesting, if inessential, release.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.