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This could’ve been the greatest
metal record of the last 10 years and I still would’ve struggled to
give it a good review. Why you ask? Because by all reports, vocalist
and public enemy number 1 Oliver Sykes (yes, that’s right, his name
is Oliver) is a right royal dickhead.
Putting the band’s extra-curricular
activities and bad reputation aside, “Count Your Blessings” can
be viewed in 2 completely different ways. If you’re 18 and think that
Atreyu are the greatest metal band of all time then you will love this!
The band have great hair cuts, very expensive jeans and lots of breakdowns
where you can show off your mosh moves to your 16 year old girlfriend.
If however you have actually heard
a real death metal band before and you don’t care much about young
men parading around in their sisters clothes then there’s nothing
on “Count Your Blessings” that you haven’t heard before.
Admittedly, the guys in BMTH can
definitely play – the guitarists have some cool riffs up their sleeves
and the drummer can set a cracking pace (although these days, who can
really tell with the over-produced and triggered drum sounds most bands
use on their records) and Mr Sykes vocalists are reminiscent of the
high pitched squawk that Trevor from The Black Dahlia Murder can pull
off – but none of that means much when you’ve heard it all before.
BMTH’s first EP followed in
the foot steps of discordant US acts like Zao and Norma Jean, but on
“Count Your Blessings” they have well and truly jumped on board
the Euro metal band wagon, reminding me of our own I Killed The Prom
Queen on more than one occasion (barring the terrible clean vocals).
The annoying thing about this
record is that these guys clearly have some potential. If they ditched
their over used mosh parts – seriously, Unearth could sue for breach
of copyright – and stopped caring about their appearance so much (go
into a good metal band.
After saying all that, this band
is fucking huge in Europe and will no doubt become a hit down here as
well, but for those of you who want to see a metal band and not a fashion
show, go and buy an Arsis record already!
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