I was pretty excited to hear this album, after really only being introduced to them last year in my quest to broaden my music listening horizon. What I loved about this band is that they were fearless in combining brutal metalcore with some really progressive electronics, really setting them apart from other bands. Their album, “There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret” was brilliant, bordering on insane. With that being said, I’ve listened to “Sempiternal” about three times in a row, uninterrupted, and I can’t tell if I like it. I can’t tell if its a step back, or a huge step forward. The composition is brilliant as per usual, the music as well, however if the brutal edge was what drew you to this band, this album lacks that element. Some of the songs almost mirror 30 seconds to Mars….I’m not joking. Not that it’s a bad thing, its just not what you would expect. You can hear what I mean in “Sleepwalkers”. There are even songs where they sound just like Linkin Park. If you were to play me “Go To Hell For Heaven’s Sake” without me knowing who it was, I’d probably guess it was a new Linkin Park song. I won’t say the album is terrible because its far from that. It’s just not something I’d probably seek out. Definitely worth a listen to.
I’m interested in hearing peoples thoughts/comments on this album. Feel free!