Given that I actively dislike metalcore, but am appreciative of most heavy music, should I check this out?
Half of it isn't even metalcore so you should give it a try. I think it's the first BMTH album i enjoyed front to back. Surprisingly good album besides Anti-Vist and Crooked Young. And The Snakes Start To Sing and Deathbeds (bonus) are the best songs so far.
I really like the album and it contains alot of the bands best yet BUT whats the deal with Oli being so hateful (lyrically speaking) of faith/religion? I am personally agnostic so I dont mind lyrics challenging religion but lines like;
"Fuck your faith, no ones gonna save you
Fuck your faith"
"Show me a sign, show me a reason to give
A solitary fuck about your god damn beliefs
I'm going blind, but one thing's clear
Death is the only salvation you'll feel"
"What you call faith, I call a sorry excuse"
"So when you die, the only kingdom you'll see—
Is two-foot wide and six feet deep!"
are just too much at times IMO. Its like the main theme lyrically on at least half of the record unfortunately. Just wish it was more varied more than anything.
I wouldn't necessarily consider his lyrics to be attacking the actual institute of religion rather more so attacking an individual (informally) whose actions are misguided by the beliefs and ways of common religion- or even towards people who say that they have religion in their life but portray no sense of living in holiness and righteously. I love his lyrics in regards to the struggles he has with religion and those involved- it is, to me, the flip side of the coin with the religious struggles you hear from bands like Manchester Orchestra, Anberlin and All Get Out.
'Sleepwalking' is the biggest sounding song they've ever written. Well written review Drew but I think there's been flashes of this coming since Suicide Season. The last part of Chelsea Smile, the explored sound on the title track and The Sadness Will Never End. I think it has all been a progression and they've finally hit the point where Oli is confident enough to sing himself and they're all the better for it. Although I don't like 'Antivist', I do agree that it injects some pace back in to the album and though it's a misstep, it might be a needed one. Their next will be interesting at least.
It's just a shame that people will still have the attached association of the band not being respected and a bit of a joke and won't give this a chance. Or that their younger fanbase won't appreciate this album for the improved songwriting, musicianship and huge stride in progression.