Studio album by Bring Me the Horizon
29 September 2008
2008 at Studio Fredman, Arboga, Sweden
Visible Noise, Epitaph
Fredrik Nordström, Henrik Udd
Bring Me the Horizon chronology
Count Your Blessings,
There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret.,
Singles from Suicide Season
Released: 13 August 2008,
Released: 19 January 2009,
"Diamond Aren't Forever",
Released: 20 April 2009,
"The Sadness Will Never End",
Released: 27 October 2009,
Cut Up! edition
Suicide Season is the second studio album by British metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon. It was released on 29 September 2008 in the United Kingdom and Europe through Visible Noise. The band signed a licensing deal with Epitaph Records on 11 September 2008, with the label releasing the album on 18 November 2008 in the United States.
The album shows a major change musically from their previous releases, abandoning their original deathcore sound. This would also be the last album to feature Curtis Ward on rhythm guitar. The band later released a two disc special edition of Suicide Season which features various musicians and producers remixing tracks off the album, entitled Suicide Season: Cut Up! This was released on 2 November 2009 in the United Kingdom through Visible Noise and on 12 April 2010 in the United States through Epitaph.
Suicide Season spawned four singles ("The Comedown", "Chelsea Smile", "Diamonds Aren't Forever" and "The Sadness Will Never End"). The album debuted on the UK Chart at № 47, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart at № 28, and the Billboard 200 at № 107.
1 Background information,
2 Musical style,
5 Track listing,
Suicide Season was recorded in Arboga, an isolated Swedish village. Lead vocalist Oliver Sykes described Arboga as "Nowheresville". Sykes considered the isolation Arboga provided as ideal in comparison to the constant activity in Birmingham, the recording location of their first album: "We recorded Count Your Blessings in the middle of Birmingham and it was very easy to get distracted. Arboga is a village with nothing in it apart from a tiny shop and that was it. We actually lived at the studio so it meant we could all just focus on the music. Fredrik was a cool guy, and he taught us how to do stuff, so at night after he'd gone home we'd still be recording the album."
In an issue of Metal Hammer, Bring Me the Horizon's performance of "It Was Written in Blood" was released from the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards ceremony. The track was mislabeled as being from This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For and was also mislabeled as the song "Sleep with One Eye Open".
Suicide Season is released under Enhanced CD format and includes a music video for "The Comedown", along with downloadable desktop wallpapers. The album features guest appearances from vocalist JJ Peters of Deez Nuts, Sam Carter of Architects and Luis Dubuc of The Secret Handshake.
It was announced on 27 August 2009 that Bring Me the Horizon will be releasing a remixed version of Suicide Season, titled Suicide Season: Cut Up!, and was released in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2009 and was later released in the United States on 12 April 2010. The origin of the album concept was that Oliver Sykes asked a friend to remix one of their songs, and the band was very pleased with the end result so the band decided to have all of Suicide Season remixed. Musicians and producers featured on the album include: Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skrillex, L'Amour La Morgue, KC Blitz, Utah Saints and Shawn "Clown" Crahan from Slipknot.
Suicide Season departs from Bring Me the Horizon's previous deathcore sound, the band has been credited as starting to adopt a more eclectic style. In an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Sykes states that this album is "100% different" from Count Your Blessings. He also says: "We experimented a lot more I think, more with other styles of music we all enjoy, using different instruments and technology, by bringing a lot of digital stuff to the table. Every track is different." Because of this drastic change in sound from Count Your Blessings they have had experienced a massive fanbase shift.
Sykes has stated that the band was better focused when in the studio, which made it easier for them to experiment with song writing and to expand their sound: "We didn't really have any other band we wanted to sound like or any other style. We just thought we'd try to do something different and see what comes out. And this is what came out."
The remix album Suicide Season: Cut Up! style has a range of different genres. Oliver Sykes in Interview states that "There's not a song on there that really sounds like the original. What's great though is the diversity of each song. There's dubstep to hip-hop, electro to drum and bass." The dubstep style of the record has been acknowledged in tracks from Tek-one and Skrillex while the hip-hop elements are found in Travis McCoy's remix of Chelsea Smile. Benjamin Weinman's version of "No Need for Introductions..." is considerably the most unique with its incorporation of industrial music.
Visible Noise Records produced a site dedicated to the promotion of the album. It featured a clock counting down to 29 September (the album's release date), and a scroll-over page in which the visitor can reveal an image of the album's artwork.
The band also put a countdown to the release of the album in the United Kingdom. They also headlined in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. The support acts included The Red Shore, Deez Nuts, The Secret Handshake, Dead Swans, The Legacy, Misery Signals, Johnny Truant, The Ghost Inside, and Confide.
The first promotional video from Suicide Season was released on Tuesday 12 August 2008 on the Visible Noise Myspace, entitled 'The Comedown'. On 15 August, "Chelsea Smile" was released on the band's MySpace page.
All Metal Resource
Upon its release, the album was met with mixed reviews. While some music critics praised the albums newer sounding album as more musically diverse and powerful, others were not so pleased with the change in direction from the earlier deathcore sound of the band's previous album. Tom Forget of Allmusic wrote that the album is filled with "Intricately constructed and refreshingly unpredictable songs", citing Bring Me the Horizon as one of Britain's first metalcore bands to "make any waves." Phillip May praised the band's ditching of deathcore and new adoption of metalcore, writing on Rocklouder that "One of Suicide Season's greatest assets is its sense of menace. BMTH were always meant to be a terrifying prospect, but Count Your Blessings was so messy its attempts to be something dangerous were laughable. But here, by allowing layers and riffs time to breathe, efforts like the title track prove far more intimidating than any lightning-paced deathcore mush ever could." Ryan Williams of Thrash Hits gave the album a rating of 4.5 out of 6, writing that although some of Sykes' lyrics are "cheap", "It's easy to focus on the obvious and the silly but there are some seriously strong developments to BMTH's newly-matured music. The results are occasionally astounding." A review on Sputnikmusic by Alex Silveri states that compared to Count Your Blessings, Suicide Season is "fresher and catchier", giving the album a 3 out of 5 rating. A review on IGN was positive, pointing out that although there are some weak songs on the album, it is "a great departure from their previous effort", and goes on to say "All in all this is an album to write home about." Jason Gardner of MEB gave the album a rating of 7.0, calling Suicide Season the "breakthrough LP" of Bring Me the Horizon, praising the "ability of Oli Sykes and company" to "harness some sense of energy in their writing", creating an album that feels "huge and energetic more often than not simultaneously." Comparing it to their previous album, Gardner writes of the two "As much as Count Your Blessings is jarring to listen to in comparison to even this record, Suicide Season is a leaner, meaner cousin full of chugging, a reasonable amount of melody and some albeit interesting lyricism. While at times this album can be a call to arms for those looking towards the band for an emotional outlet or just plain something to jam to, the bulk of it plays a juxtaposition between crisp production and somewhat repetitive aggression. Though certainly with some faults in the mix, Suicide Season was and is still arguably powerful enough to turn some heads and prove the meddle of this band on a number of levels."
A review of the album on Punknews.org was far more critical of the album, stating "there is "substance" here--there are guitar solos, tempo changes, gang vocals--but there isn't substance. There's no authenticity; it just seems like the songs were built from a collection of "brutal" ideas written on pieces of paper, put together in a hat, and splashed out on the floor." The album received a 1.5 out of 5 rating. A review on AbsolutePunk was also critical of the album, stating that while some songs were "heavy, but catchy" and "sounds like it would have a room full of people moshing until they drop", at some points it feels like the band is "half-arseing it", going on to say "Sometimes you wish they would throw in some thrash beats, and fast riffing. This can disappoint and I feel like a few solo's wouldn't go amiss." However, the reviewer concludes by saying "All in all, Suicide Season has impressed me. The boys from BMTH have come back and shown they aren't just a generic haircuts band."
All lyrics written by Oliver Sykes and all music composed by Oliver Sykes, Matt Nicholls, Curtis Ward, Matt Kean, and Lee Malia
"It Was Written In Blood"
"Football Season Is Over" (featuring JJ Peters of Deez Nuts)
"Sleep with One Eye Open"
"Diamonds Aren't Forever"
"The Sadness Will Never End" (featuring Sam Carter of Architects)
"No Need for Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You On the Backs of Toilet Doors"
Suicide Season: Cut Up!
"The Comedown" (Robotsonics)
"Chelsea Smile" (KC Blitz)
"It Was Written In Blood" (L'Amour La Morgue)
"Death Breath" (Toxic Avenger)
"Football Season Is Over" (After the Night)
"Sleep With One Eye Open" (Tek-One)
"Diamonds Aren't Forever" (I Haunt Wizards)
"The Sadness Will Never End" (Skrillex)
"No Need for Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You On the Backs of Toilet Doors" (Ben Weinman)
"Suicide Season" (The Secret Handshake)
"Football Season Is Over" (Utah Saints)
"Sleep With One Eye Open" (Shawn "Clown" Crahan)
"Chelsea Smile" (Travis McCoy)
"Suicide Season" (Outcry Collective)
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
"Live In Mexico City" (concert)
"Live in Siberia" (concert)
"The Comedown" (music video)
"Chelsea Smile" (music video)
"Diamonds Aren't Forever" (music video)
"The Sadness Will Never End" (music video)
Bring Me the Horizon
Matt Nicholls - drums,
Matt Kean - bass guitar,
Oliver Sykes - lead vocals, programming,
Curtis Ward - rhythm guitar,
Lee Malia - lead guitar,
JJ Peters - vocals on "Football Season Is Over",
Sam Carter - clean vocals on "The Sadness Will Never End",
The Secret Handshake - samples on "Chelsea Smile",
Produced and mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd,
Mastered by Peter In De Betou, at Tailormaid, Sweden