In 2011, Bring Me the Horizon were finishing up their aggressive touring that was in support of their acclaimed third album There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. After this they wished to issue a remix extended play consisting of electronica remixes of tracks off the album, all done by British electronic producer Draper, in the attempt to release it by January 2012. However because of the band's label situation with Visible Noise it was cancelled. Later on in the year in July it became announced that the band would release their fourth album on RCA Records. Although the band's split from Visible Noise wasn't strictly aggressive the band wanted to join a major record label due the lack of resources and support a independent label can offer during the album's development and promotion. RCA Records have given the band a lot of support in their signing, describing the deal by saying "signing you is as important as signing Metallica".
In a press release on January 14, 2013 the band stated that the album was recorded over a three month period with producer Terry Date and includes production and mixing by David Bendeth.
Writing and RecordingEdit
In 2012 the band decided to stop their touring and their media appearances, instead to focus on the writing of their fourth album, with rhythm guitarist Jona Weinhofen saying "we're not very good at getting motivated to write on tour". The band initially wanted to start recording the album in May, however Sykes believed it was too soon and that the band should just demo for a few months instead. The band posted several images of them recording at a ‘Top Secret Studio Location which was later revealed to be the Angelic Studio in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The band announced that by September they would be entering the studio for the pre-production for the album.
Vocalist Oliver Sykes revealed in an interview with Kerrang! that Jordan Fish of Worship had been working closely with Bring Me The Horizon in the studio, helping write the album and contribute electronics. his role developed over the course of writing the album as he was initially there to be instructed by the band in what to do but he slowly started to have more say in the album's writing. He is currently not an official member of the band but he will be touring with the band in support of Sempiternal. By the middle of September it was announced that Terry Date, who is known for his work with bands like Deftones, Limp Bizkit and Pantera would be the album's producer. Sykes said he admires Date's production work shown on White Pony and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water. Sykes believes that some of the work Date has done on the band's production makes Bring Me the Horizon sound like a completely different band.
On 3 November 2012, the band invited fans and the Drop Dead Clothing team to enter the Angelic Studio to record the gang vocals for Sempiternal. Jordan Fish acted as a conductor for the crowd.
Despite Sykes doubts with joining a major record label in terms of the bands musical output, believing they would try to convince Bring Me the Horizon to release something more radio friendly, instead RCA and Sony have pushed the band to write the heaviest album they can. Bring Me the Horizon pooled more diverse influences in preparation for the writing of Sempiternal. Jona Weinhofen spoke out about how both he and Lee Malia developed affection for post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You. Weinhofen also once commented on how he would like to combine the heaviness of Bring Me the Horizon's typical work with the laid-back atmospherics of post-rock. During the development of the album Sykes said he, along side Jordan Fish was inspired by all the music they heard and thought about how it applied to their style. Taking influence from hip hop, reggae, pop, dance and both the soundscapes and "weird pianos" from film soundtracks.
Describing the album as blending pieces of their previous three albums and then creating "a whole new sound" Sykes summarises the album as having a "massively" influenced electronic sound. Sykes also sees the feeling behind the album as very euphoric, like "happy sad" and this is shown where one of the tracks on the album surfaced to sound like the soundtrack to the end of the world.
Lyrically, the album which is still penned by Sykes is much more tongue-in-cheek in comparison to the dark lyricisms of the previous album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. The album's lyrics are also focus of self reflective themes of analysing the consequences of his actions on peoples live and transforming them into an apology.
In a press release on January 14, 2013 Sykes stated that his lyrics this time around are the best he's ever penned, further stating this with: "It's very dramatic, quite blunt, and at times sarcastic, but the biggest part of it is how it is combined with the music to bring the listener vivid imagery and emotion. I think we really managed to pull that off."
Release and PromotionEdit
On November 5, 2012 the band announced that they had hosted a website domain for the album 'sempiternal.info' in which they release a audio clip of 'Shadow Moses', also revealing the album artwork in the process. On 9 November the band played a free gig in their home town of Sheffield before co-headlining the UK Warped Tour Festival in London with Lostprophets. The album's first single, "Shadow Moses" debuted on Daniel P. Carter's Rock Show on BBC Radio 1 on January 4, 2013 and was officially released on January 7. The band released their music video for their lead single, "Shadow Moses" on January 22.
- "Can You Feel My Heart"
- "The House of Wolves"
- "Empires (Let Them Sing)"
- "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake"
- "Shadow Moses"
- "And the Snakes Start to Sing"
- "Seen It All Before"
- "Crooked Young"
- "Hospitals for Souls"
Digital Deluxe Edition Bonus TracksEdit
- "Join the Club"
Physical Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks/The Deathbeds EPEdit
- "Join the Club"
- Chasing Rainbows"
Bring Me the HorizonEdit
- Oliver Sykes - lead vocals
- Lee Malia - lead guitar
- Matt Kean - bass guitar
- Jona Weinhofen - rhythm guitar and backing vocals
- Matt Nicholls - drums and percussion
- Jordan Fish - keyboards
- Lights - vocals
- Sempiternal is an old english word for "everlasting".