October 12, 2007 | , | 3.5

Bring Me The Horizon, This is What the...

Re-released in the U.S. this past September, Bring Me the Horizon’s This is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For is a blood and adrenaline pumping ride incorporating elements of death and metalcore into a furious fusion of movement and sound. BMTH’s sound is unrelenting, combining the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Animosity and The Black Dahlia Murder into a seamless, yet chaotic listening experience.

For an EP, the four tracks on this disc pack in more punches than most full length records — technical guitars, off speed tempo changes, an unhinged vocal attack and thunderous drums on each track. Oli Sykes vocal range impresses as he shifts from cleanly shouted lyrics to unintelligible guttural growls and screams. His delivery is both emotional and full of fury as he spits out his lyrics. Guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward deliver a one-two attack with precision riffs and shredding leads. Matt Kean on bass and Matt Nicholls on drums provide a chaotic and apocalyptic landscape for the rest of the band to play with.

RE: They Have No Reflections
Some nasty guitar work starts off this short disc as Sykes starts screaming — higher pitched screams are mixed with deep guttural, indecipherable growls. Massive riffs and technical guitars combine with spastic and active drums to build a feeling of calamity.

Who Wants Flowers When You’re Dead? Nobody
Gang vocals accompany Sykes delivery at the start of this one as melodic death metal guitar work pierce the air. There’s definitely plenty of aggression and power in this band’s sound. Creative drumming and technical guitars are timed to hit at just the right moments in conjunction with the vocals.

The start to “Rawwwrr!” is amazing. It’s a quick build up of aggressive drumming and precise guitar work before deep guttural growls kick in. The album’s heaviest riffs and breakdown beats hit hard throughout this song. Some of the guitar work on this one reminds me of Remembering Never’s Women and Children Die First. I’d have to say that this is my favorite track on the EP.

Traitors Never Play Hangman
The final song is also the shortest, coming in at around three and a half minutes in length. It starts off slowly with a few cymbal strikes prior to erupting into massive riffs and a dual vocal attack. It’s the most evil sounding of the four tracks and a good way to end the EP.

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I believe that this EP was re-released on a couple of other occasions, but this is the first time that it was readily available in the U.S. Bring Me The Horizon’s sound is simply bestial — raw, unrelenting and powerful. There’s more than enough going on in these four tracks to keep you entertained and literally on the edge of your seat awaiting the next musical surprise.

Favorite Tracks:
All of them.

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