Sound — 7
BMTH had a hit or two off this one. It has more of a death metal tone, with metalcore influences and deathcore riffage in places, but very few true breakdowns. Overall it is very aggressive, spontaneous, but can get predictable and repetitive in places. The songwriting style is basically death metal and metalcore, but even though those are the ingredients for deathcore, its not deathcore, its something entirely its own. BMTH haven't changed the scene or made the music industry shift, but they did come into their own on "Count Your Blessings". I would like to note that although the album is not received well it isn't that bad, but you will definitely get bored with it, if you let yourself listen to it too much.
Lyrics — 5
Death Metal and Metalcore lyrics about killing stuff, and how he'll rip out his ex-gf's throat etc. Etc. Nothing new here. The lyrics fit the music and the screaming is fantastic, even though their thickened in the studio, up until 08 he could actually scream identical to the album minus thickness, but unknown circumstances has caused him to adopt more of a yelling style that is seen more commonly in hardcore and Nu-Metal. Great screaming, top notch, but since this is titled "lyrics" I'm rating the lyrics only.
Overall Impression — 6
Well, when it comes down to it, Bring Me The Horizon's "Count Your Blessings" was a valiant attempt at a debut album, but truly comes at you sub-par when compared to the rest of the metalcore scene. Their follow-ups were much better, but lack the ferocity and "metal" of their predecessor. The singles from the album "Pray For Plagues" and "For Stevie Wonders Eyes Only" are by far, the best on the album in a general sense. The only things I consider good about the album, is its capacity for background noise, and how fun it is to play on guitar, scream, and drums. Other than that, a 6 I would give it out of 10. It has its moments, but kills itself with over-complexity, and repetitiveness in the end. I wouldn't even care if it was stolen to be honest, I would just put the singles on my iPod since the album was eh at best. It kind of let me down compared to the EP that came before it, the EP was actually very, very promising but the album didn't live up to expectations.