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Bring Me The Horizon: Sempiternal

Sheffield’s metalcore kids grow up.

It’s easy to be blinded by the scenester fashion aspect of a band like BMTH. But after emerging as arrogant kids back in 2004, they’ve grown into their own tattooed skins on their fourth album.

While the angst of old is here in spades (‘I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim,’ rasps frontman Oli Sykes on Can You Feel My Heart), but there’s a new gothic doom and electronic experimentation cutting through the metal riffs, And The Snakes Start To Sing displaying a love of Nine Inch Nails.

Sykes, meanwhile, has found the confidence to strip his voice back to a soft, cracked croak when the songs demand it, making BMTH sound more genuine, dramatic and emotional than they ever have before.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.