Sound — 6
So, UK Deathcore giants, Bring Me the Horizon are back with their 2nd full length, Suicide Season. Having spent the last few months working with famed Swedish producer, Fredrik Nordstrm, BMTH return with an interesting collection of songs that clearly show a band trying to break free of the monotony of the deathcore movement. In doing so, the band has brought a rawer and "hardcore" sound to the table, with amazing production and an emphasis on rhythm. However, the song writing to back up the new production has suffered a tad. In pursuing this "new style" that BMTH have sort after, they've fallen into the trap of writing a few decent songs and then just pasting together certain sections to fill up the album. While songs like "The Comedown", "Football Season is Over" and "Sleep with One Eye Open" are heavy, in your face and just plain fun songs, songs like "Death Breath", "Chelsea Smile" and "Diamonds Aren't Forever" just don't do anything. The riffs sound recycled (especially Chelsea Smile which sounds near identical to Comedown) and the cut and paste methodology wears thin after you hear the album 3 or 4 times.
Lyrics — 3
Oli's vocal approach has become much more varied than his previous range of "stupidly vicious screams" and "gut wrenching lows" to include a throatier hardcore yell what adds some real emotion so some of the songs. His lyrics are once again about the usual scene kid trash however. The usual angst styled lines about "writings in blood" and "how you betrayed me" laced with a few semi-clever metaphors for sex or death just don't cut it anymore.
Overall Impression — 6
Suicide Season leaves me in an interesting bind as I love the band's previous album, "Count your Blessings", but the production is so god awful on it, that this album will probably remain on rotation in it's place for awhile. Songs like "Football Season is Over" are huge fun (despite Deez Nuts main-man and ex-I Killed The Prom Queen drummer, JJ Peters, utterly useless contribution to the end of it) and "Sleep With One Eye Open" reminds me of Meshuggah with it's Drop G chugging and stop-start, off-time breakdown intro. Sam Carter of Architect's clean sung contribution to "The Sadness Will Never End", however, is a nice touch, but not enough to save the otherwise angst ridden, almost screamo song. Overall, while the album isn't that bad, it does however fail to reach any real point other than being a fun little forty-two minute ride.