Suicide Season

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Suicide Season
Studio album by Bring Me the Horizon
Released 29 September 2008
Recorded 2008 at Studio Fredman, Arboga, Sweden
Genre Metalcore, deathcore
Length 41:00
Label Visible Noise, Epitaph
Producer Fredrik Nordström, Henrik Udd
Bring Me the Horizon chronology
Count Your Blessings
(2006)
Suicide Season
(2008)
There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret.
(2010)
Singles from Suicide Season
  1. "The Comedown"
    Released: 13 August 2008
  2. "Chelsea Smile"
    Released: 19 January 2009
  3. "Diamonds Aren't Forever"
    Released: 20 April 2009
  4. "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.[1]

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 charts of five countries. Critically the album received a mixed response. Though praised from the musical shift from the style of 2006's Count Your Blessings, the album was criticised for its song writing and musical aesthetics.

Background and recording[edit]

After the release of band's first studio album 2006's Count Your Blessings the band began experiencing an extremely hateful reaction from fans to their music. They cited that very few publications featured them and in drummer Matt Nicholls' opinion the band had gather strong hatred from 'proper metalheads'.[2] For example, when the band supported Killswitch Engage in 2007 the crowd began throwing bottles at the band before their set had even started.[2] When preparing the music for Suicide Season vocalist Oliver Sykes and lead Guitarist Lee Malia agreed that this record would be the "make-or-break" factor for the band and that it had to be different from Count Your Blessings.[2]

Suicide Season was written recorded in Arboga, an isolated Swedish village with producer Fredrik Nordström. Lead vocalist Oliver Sykes described Arboga as "Nowheresville".[3] 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".[4] In during the initial recording of the album Nordström initially was absent from working with the band, in Sykes perspective he drew his own conclusion based on Count Your Blessings.[5] However he turned up midway through their recording process and was shocked by the music they had written, and from that point became more involved in the recording process.[5] Nordström also taught the band some basic levels of recording and production so they could work through the night.[4] By the end of the album he said it was "one of the best CDs he's done in years".[5]

Whilst in Arboga the band caused a controversy and lit an unlit, prepared bonfire in the middle of the forest, they were put in the local paper for destroying a pagan celebration.[6]

The album features guest appearances from vocalist JJ Peters of Deez Nuts, Sam Carter of Architects and Luis Dubuc of The Secret Handshake.[4][note 1]

Musical style[edit]

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[8] and move into a more "straight-up" metalcore sound.[9] In an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Sykes states that this album is "100% different" from Count Your Blessings.[3] 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."[3] Because of this drastic change in sound from Count Your Blessings they experienced a massive fanbase shift.[10]

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."[11]

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."[12] The dubstep style of the record has been acknowledged in tracks from Tek-one[13] 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.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

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 album was release on 22September through Visible Noise.[4][note 2]

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.

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.[12]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (favourable)[15]
AbsolutePunk (67%)[16]
Rocklouder 3/5 stars[10]
Thrash Hits 4.5/6 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic (3.0/5)[9]
Punknews.org 1.5/5 stars[18]
All Metal Resource (Very Good)[19]
Metal Hammer (7/10)[20]

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."[15] 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."[10] 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."[17] 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.[9] 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."[21] 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."[22]

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."[16]

Retrospect[edit]

There isn't an artist in the world who doesn't listen to an album that they've done and go, 'I could have done that better', but I think on the whole, in every aspect of recording and just the way we did it, we did ourselves proud with that album.

Singer Oliver Sykes in an interview, 2012.[5]

In 2012 when Rock Sound inducted the record into their "Hall Of Fame" the band members reflected on Suicide Season positively.[5] Jamie Kossoff one of the remixers on the "Cut Up!" edition of the album noted that electronic and dance music remixes of heavy music was not common before the "Cut Up!" edition was released.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Oliver Sykes and all music composed by Oliver Sykes, Matt Nicholls, Curtis Ward, Matt Kean, and Lee Malia

No. Title Length
1. "The Comedown"   4:09
2. "Chelsea Smile"   5:02
3. "It Was Written In Blood"   4:02
4. "Death Breath"   4:20
5. "Football Season Is Over" (featuring JJ Peters of Deez Nuts) 1:55
6. "Sleep with One Eye Open"   4:16
7. "Diamonds Aren't Forever"   3:50
8. "The Sadness Will Never End" (featuring Sam Carter of Architects) 5:22
9. "No Need for Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You On the Backs of Toilet Doors"   1:00
10. "Suicide Season"   8:17
Total length:
41:00

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australia album chart (ARIA)[24] 28
Netherlands album charts (MegaCharts)[25] 99
Swedish album charts (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 27
UK Album Charts (OCC)[27] 47
US Billboard 200 (Billboard)[28] 107
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[28] 107
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard)[28] 2

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Sam Carter flew over with Rock Sound photographer Tom Barnes[7]
  2. ^ Suicide Season was released under the Enhanced CD format and includes a music video for "The Comedown", along with downloadable desktop wallpapers.
Citation
  1. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon Signs With Epitaph". Epitaph Records. 12 September 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Ritchie 2012, p. 54.
  3. ^ a b c Metal Hammer "Bring Me The Horizon Exclusive" article
  4. ^ a b c d "Bring Me the Horizon new album update". Kerrang!. Bauer Consumer Media. 30 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Ritchie 2012, p. 56.
  6. ^ Patashnik 2012, p. 67.
  7. ^ a b Ritchie 2012, p. 57.
  8. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Alex Silveri (29 September 2008). "Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season (album review 12)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Phillip May (11 November 2008). "Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season Album Reviews Rocklouder". RockLouder. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Lisa Wilton (1 April 2009). "U.K. deathcore band expands horizons". Sun Media. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Bring Me The Horizon Remix Suicide Season". Rock Sound. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Andrew Kelham (2 November 2009). "Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season - Cut Up". Rock Sound. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  14. ^ James Gill (23 September 2009). "Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Suicide Season – Cut Up’ Track-By-Track Preview". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Tom Forget. "Suicide Season - Bring Me the Horizon | AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Season - Album Review - Absolutepunk.net". Absolute Punk. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Ryan Williams (3 October 2008). "Album: Bring Me The Horizon – Suicide Season". Thrash Hits. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Mikexdude (28 November 2008). "Punknews.org Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Season". Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Review: Bring Me the Horizon – Suicide Season All metal resource". All metal resources. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon-Suicide Season". Metal Hammer (243 May 2013): 83. April 2013. 
  21. ^ Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season review
  22. ^ Bring Me The Horizon: Suicide Season | Mind Equals Blown
  23. ^ Suicide Season (CD insert). Bring Me the Horizon. London, United Kingdom: Visible Noise. 2008. Torment 132. 
  24. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography Bring Me The Horizon". ARIA Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Dutch Album Charts Search for Bring Me the Horizon" dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved on 1 December 2008.
  26. ^ "Swedish Album Charts Search for Bring Me the Horizon" swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on 22 August 2011.
  27. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon Artist Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  28. ^ a b c "Bring Me the Horizon Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
Bibliography
  • Ritchie, Andy (Summer 2012). "Hall Of Fame: Suicide Season". In Patashnik, B. Rock Sound (London, United Kingdom: Freeway Press) (164). ISSN 1465-0185. 
  • Patashnik, Ben (October 2012). "We Were So Cluless". In Patashnik, B. Rock Sound (London, United Kingdom: Freeway Press) (166). ISSN 1465-0185.