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Artist: Bring Me the Horizon Album: Suicide Season

Year: 2008
Duration: 42:37

A Deep Dive into Bring Me the Horizon’s Suicide Season Album

Bring Me the Horizon, consisting of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, rhythm guitarist Matt Kean, bassist Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish, is a British rock band that started their journey in 2004 in Sheffield, England. They have been iconic in the alternative metalcore scene with some albums like Count Your Blessings, that defined the height of the genre. Today, we’ll be taking a look at BMTM’s Suicide Season, a highly debated album within the fans of the band.

Released in 2008, Suicide Season presents a fresh and raw sound, drifting from their previous highly metalcore sound, to something getting closer to emo and deathcore. The album's theme delves on suicide, revenge, lost love, and death. From ripping guitars, to Sykes’ powerful screams, Suicide Season is a remarkable piece of art that provides a chilling experience to the listener.

The album starts with “The Comedown, a hardcore opener that sets the listener up for what's coming next. After that, the listener encounters “Chelsea Smile, where Sykes’ clever lyricism paints vivid images of violence and anger towards the music industry. One of the most notable tracks on the album is “Diamonds Aren't Forever,” which is an honest song about the impact of the music industry on adolescence and relationships. This, in my opinion, is one of the most innovative parts of the album.

One more thing that makes Suicide Season incredible is its diversity, including “Death Breath, a song driven by Nicholls’ aggressive drumming and “No Need For Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You on the Backs of Toilet Doors,” which highlights Fish's electronic addition into the band's sound. It’s an experiment in sonic possibilities that works incredibly well, adding some extra layers to the band's sound.

Some may argue that Suicide Season is a regression compared to the previous album Count Your Blessings. It trades in the raw, youthful sound like “Pray for Plagues” and “Black and Blue” for a more polished sound. But in my opinion, Suicide Season has its own uniquely identifiable sound by blending together traditional metalcore and electronic elements with vulnerability in ways never done before.

Suicide Season, in a lot of ways, represents the transition that BMTH undertook to arrive where they are today. The album is a fantastic work of art that experiments with new sounds, deals with taboo topics, and still, in so many ways, holds up years later. As someone who has been a fan of BMTH since day one, Suicide Season continues to impress me. So, to listeners who are looking to dive into a metalcore band with a unique take on music, I’d recommend Suicide Season without any hesitation. It is a fantastic album that you shouldn't miss.