Bring Me the Horizon

18 albums, 165 tracks

Alternative/Indie RockHeavy Metal

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"Bring Me the Horizon"

Jun 14, 2019

Bring Me The Horizon’s bittersweet love album ‘amo’ will have you questioning your whole music taste

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Written by @alicemoodie / 7 mins read
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If you ask me “what kind of music do you like?” then my answer has been the same for as long as I can remember, “as long as it doesn’t scream at me, I like pretty much anything”. I’m a hip-hop head, but outside of rap music and its surrounding genres, I’ve always enjoyed dance music, electronic, jazz, this list goes on, but I’ve never enjoyed mental music. Screamo and heavy rock have always been a big no-no from me. Don’t get it twisted, I’ve always appreciated the talent behind bands such as Metallica, Slipknot, A Day to Remember, etc, but they’ve simply never been genres that I could listen to and even vaguely enjoy. Bring Me The Horizon always fell into this category.

Force feeding rock music

Rewind back to 2013, I was at college studying media and film, this meant in small groups, often of two’s and three’s, we had our own edit suites to sit in for hours on end editing showreels and assessments. With soundproofed edit suites, it pretty much meant one thing, lots of loud music. Learning the ropes of loads of new genres and bands from other students, a friend of mine quickly became hooked on Bring Me The Horizon’s 2013 album, Sempiternal. He continuously explained to me it was their “least heavy” work yet but despite this, it was rock and it was scream and my close-minded self hated it. He insisted on playing it in our studio every day for weeks until one day I found myself singing along to the majority of the album, and even found myself adding tracks to my own playlists.

That’s the Spirt

Fast-forward to 2015 and Bring Me The Horizon released their fifth studio album, That's the Spirit. I couldn’t resist listening to it after being force-fed Sempiternal for so long, I had to see what else the band had to offer. I was hooked. With huge tracks such as “Throne” and “Follow You” even getting day time radio play, the band found themselves pushing their darker more ‘metalcore’ sounds into the backseats and pulling in more melodic rock hooks and I was obsessed with it. Going back between That's the Spirit and Sempiternal I found myself listening to the band as much as I did as some of my favorite rappers.

Reading Festival 2015

If their new music wasn’t enough to convert me, their 2015 Reading Festival set was. I found myself stood in my first Rock crowd and despite it being a little scarier than other crowds I’d been in, it was absolutely out of this world - I swore to myself that If I ever got the chance to see them again I would.

amo’s arrival

Four years later, the band blessed me again, this time with my favorite work of theirs yet, amo. I should have predicted what the album would have been like simply from its title. ‘I Love’ roughly translates to amo from Portuguese, the language that Lead singer Oliver Sykes’s Brazilian wife speaks, the original meaning behind the albums name. Sykes also liked that it could stand as a double meaning of ammunition and that’s how the name stuck. Amo - Love & Ammunition, and they couldn’t have found a more suitable name if they tried.

It’s time to feel something

Kicking off the album with “i apologise if you feel something” the 2:19 long track is simple, effective and the purest but vaguest awakening on what to expect from the album. With just one verse of lyrics, including the line “I apologize if you feel something, but love is all we have, feel something” the group tries and cleanse your palate for is what to come with a futuristic dreaminess. When speaking about the track they said “We knew it was almost impossible to give anyone a heads-up of what this album was going to sound like. It was important for that first track just to be like, ‘Forget whatever you think it’s going to sound like because you’re not going to be able to guess from anything we’ve shown you before’” and this message was perfectly executed on their opener.

From there they fall straight into the album’s first single and most popular track “MANTRA.” With its trademark line “Do you wanna start a cult with me?” The group looks into how marriage and relationships are like starting your own cult, giving yourself completely to another, loving and trusting unconditionally even if you don’t 100% agree with everything that’s happening. Following with the chorus “Before the truth will set you free, it'll piss you off” - love makes people live a lie because it's easier to come to terms rather than something more difficult, an acceptance of love and everything that comes with it be it good or bad.

Bittersweet love laced production

Bring Me The Horizon continues with these moments of darkness laced with meanings of love throughout. Injected with pop-styled hooks, processed vocals, alongside more digital and electronic elements, the album is created from immaculate production and incredibly self- aware songwriting.

A beautifully unapologetic change

With each one of their albums becoming more mainstream accessible, they’ve received criticism from their OG fans for “selling out”. I don’t believe that’s what it is. It’s a band 15 years into their career bringing diversity in sound, proving they can play exactly what they want, share the stories they want to share, and still get away with creating incredible music. If you look back on how you were as a person 15 years ago, you’d be a completely different person to whom you are today, so why should their music reflect a different story to them just to please original fans. The people behind the music changed, therefore so has their work. And it's beautifully unapologetic for it. amo is a million miles away from their 2006 deathcore pieces, but watching Oli Sykes stand on the All Points East stage headlining the festival and crying tears of gratitude, it’s safe to say the band is a million miles away from that place too.

Open your mind

If like me, you were closed minded to rock and metal music, this is an album not to be judged by the band that made it and the previous work they’ve created. It's electronic, it's pop, it's dance, it's everything in-between but most of all it’s an insane piece of craftsmanship that deserves every inch of your attention for all 52 minutes that it runs.

May 31, 2019

A gradual drift from pure metalcore to mainstream genres like pop-rock and EDM

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Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly  / 6 mins read
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The English rock band Bring Me the Horizon released their sixth studio album Amo in January 2019 through Sony Music and RCA Records. In this album, we get to see a significant drift in their sound from pure rock/metal to introduction of pop, hip hop, dance and electronic music elements. Bring Me the Horizon, which started as a metalcore band, has changed their music to the more commercial genres. Its genre has been described as a combination of pop-rock, EDM, electro pop, electronic rock, synth pop, alternative rock, hard rock, pop and electronica, along with some elements of hip-hop and trap. The album has a total of thirteen tracks that runs for an overall time length of approximately fifty two minutes. Amo, the name has been taken from the Portuguese word of “I love”. According to the frontman Oliver Sykes, this is a “love album” exploring every aspect of this powerful emotion, including the good, bad and the ugly. Later, he also commented that this is a concept album. The album received mostly good reviews among many mixed reviews from the music critics and listeners. NME rated the album 5 out of 5 stars, while AllMusic rated it 4.5 stars praising the album calling it “genre-bending thrill ride that marks a brave new era for the band”. The Independent rated the album 4 out of 5 stars calling the album as “catchy and eclectic”, while The Guardian rated it 3 out of 5 stars, comparing it with Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns”. Metal Injection and Wall of Sound rated the album 7 out of 10, while the heavy metal music news website Metal Injection rated it 7.5. It received an overall rating of 85 on Metacritic. Though many fans could not accept the change in their music genres, especially the fan base the band created during their Metalcore origins, but this new work has certainly managed to gather new listeners. Some of their rock/metal listeners persisted and they had also gathered listeners who like listening to genres like pop and electronic music. The album was featured in many music charts across the planet, and reached the number one position in countries like Australia and the United Kingdom. It was featured in the fourteenth position on US Billboard 200 chart.

The band portrayed an impressive mix of hard rock, pop rock and electronic rock

“Mantra” is the second track of the album that was released as a single in August 2018. This song has been described as a mix of hard rock, alternative rock, pop rock and electronic rock, which is likely to appeal to both set of fan bases- the listeners who like heavier music and those who do not. NME described the musical style of the song as “a twisted, glitchy electronica intro" followed by a "festival-headline-baiting chorus", a sound that is "built for huge stages". The front man Oliver Skyes revealed that the song was inspired by a documentary called “Wild Wild Country” which is about a controversial guru. Regarding the content and the lyrics, he further added “"Starting a relationship – especially a marriage – is like starting a cult, a small two-man cult, because you have to give yourself over completely to this person, you have to trust them, you have to love them unconditionally, so that's where the thinking behind the song came from”. When the song starts, it may sound like it is a pure hard rock track with heavy guitars and solid drums, however, as it progresses, we get to see some pop and electronic music elements added into it. The song comes with a music video where we get to see a lot of different visuals that include video game elements and late night infomercials. Consequence of Sound added that the video depicts Oliver Skyes as a “cult leader”, with his followers hanging on his every word. The video looks interesting yet crazy, as many of the critics mentioned. The song received significant commercial success and it was featured in many music charts across the world. It even topped the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart where it sustained for three weeks. Overall, this one is definitely one of the best songs in this album.

A captivating electronic trance masterpiece

“Nihilist Blues” is the third track of this album, which featured the Canadian pop singer Claire Elise Boucher, professionally known as Grimes. Being musically inspired from old disco and EDM songs, this is a mix of trance, synth pop and electronic rock genres. A Billboard article by Bobby Olivier described this song as a “menacing, electro-pop banger”. This sounds like a dark rave psychedelic track. The song also comes with a very appealing effects-laden music video along with the lyrics. Gigwise writes about this song, “The throbbing synths sometimes threaten to make the track sound like something from the Kevin & Perry Go Large soundtrack on steroids, yet the inclusion of eerie vocals from Grimes makes the 90s Ibiza club vibe still sound progressive”. Even though this is the first time the band did something like this, the composition along with the smooth vocals would definitely appeal to the listeners. The song was featured in music charts in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It reached the fifth position on the UK Rock and Metal music chart.

A song that features vocals from the Slayer frontman

The fifth track of the album “Wonderful Life” features Dani Filth, vocalist of the English metal band Cradle of Filth. This is a nu-metal, hard rock song that was released as a single in October 2018. This is an extremely intriguing track that is loved by most rock and metal listeners. It portrays a highly troubled man barely holding on his life, however, he constantly refers to it as wonderful. Even after finding the world around him dark and depressing, he still enjoys the gloomy aspects of everyday life. Oliver Skyes described the song, “It’s stream of consciousness type stuff about getting old and out of touch, being off tour & loving the mundane things in life”. It also comes with a music video with lyrics that shows the band members doing everyday work- shopping at a supermarket, washing the car, entertaining their sons, going for a run etc. This is an extremely appealing song which is loved by their existing fanbase. The song was featured in music charts in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

AMO, The Mantra of “Bring Me The Horizon”

I do not know if they wanted to play with the word AMO, since the meaning of this word in Spanish is "I love" and probably they love what they have done in this album but, what I'm sure of is that I love all the songs included on the album because of their variety and what the British band Bring Me The Horizon has shown the world: virtuosity. An eclectic album in fact, but not meaningless, everything has been perfectly placed in the right place to create sometimes a schizophrenic environment, full of energy and other times puzzling. With strokes of Rush in some subjects, but also collecting the most modern styles such as Electro Pop and Hip-Hop. Oliver Sykes, vocalist of this band, is far from any prejudice, the same gives a handle to his voice as the most acclaimed Heavy Metal singer, or the clarity and smoothness of singing that Shawn Mendes has and, in some songs, surprises us with feminine tessituras. Some lyrics are hard to digest, but with enough time to meditate on each of them, we will see reflected many of our complications on this modern life. What I want to make clear is that, although it is musically complete and complex, so is it in the content of its lyrics, it is not hollow or superficial on the contrary, it is profound and coherent. This is what it's all about when we talk about an artist, or a group of artists as is the case: committed to their art without caring about the false postures, the clichés, the attachment to market labels or, the pathetic care of the image that many others have and, therefore, waste the full potential of a record or a song and never show everything that are able to contribute to music. Fortunately, we are faced with an authentic band ready to break down all the barriers. They do not stop to look good with a sector of the public that loves certain musical genres; on the contrary, they compose what comes to them at the moment of the creative process and they capture it in the record. Although many have criticized his album MASTER for the seemingly meaningless mixture of so many styles between song and song, I think this is the best thing that can be done by an artist in these moments of so much competition and tastes so varied among music lovers. Things are no longer like they used to be and everything that comes from an artist can be appreciated together or separately. In short, it is a success. This masterful selection of songs included in the album is a mantra, so great.

Written by JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio / May 10, 2019

The Highs And Lows Of Love In An Album

Four years after their last album release Bring Me the Horizon comes back with new album amo. The new album brings a bit of a different sound as it steers up a bit away from narrow for anymore towards alternative rock with hints of electronic drops. The rock band uses the album to discuss love- amo is the Portuguese word for love. The first single, “MANTRA,” was released in 2018 shortly followed by the second single “Wonderful Life.” The first few singles offer a similar sound, but single “mother tongue” was the first bit of a different sound that we were to expect for the album. The first I had heard of Bring Me the Horizon was their album released before, That’s the Spirit, and the first few singles were no surprise to me. The first few singles sounded just like the last album but once I finally listened to the entirety of amo I was pleasantly surprised to hear the new sound and actually genuinely like it.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / May 08, 2019

Bring Me The Horizon Bring Their A-Game With Experimental Album amo

Back in the late-noughties, I was heavily involved in the Screamo & Metal scenes of the time, playing in multiple experimental Metalcore bands & frequenting shows in dank warehouses or rented-out church-centers, actively participating in the formation of a culture that defined the era. By the time then-Deathcore band Bring Me The Horizon started gaining traction across the sea, I had already grown tired of their entire aesthetic, only really finding value in their surprisingly competent composition skills considering how young they were; Sure, maybe I was just jealous that these guys could play better than me or maybe I was annoyed by how obsessed my younger friends were with a style my bandmates & I had already graduated from, but I just couldn’t get behind their music, believing it was too tonally inconsistent & full of strange pacing issues that kept their music from being more narratively compelling, falling into the same formulaic traps bands like The Devil Wears Prada & Job For A Cowboy had been ensnared by in the same period – While I generally passed on the opportunity to consume whatever noise they put out, I had always kept my hear to the ground to observe how they’d grow over the years, noticing the same gripes being shouted throughout the industry whenever their names came up; Apparently, the last decade has not been kind to them, with most listeners claiming the band hasn’t dropped a solid record since 2010’s There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret., citing their increased use of Pop melodies & overall decline in heaviness as a major deterrent towards their music. My interest was piqued, however, upon the release of their latest 2019 joint amo in which critics are claiming the old BMTH have made a triumphant comeback, one I just had to see for myself & to be honest, I’m thoroughly impressed with what I got in return.

Written by camjameson from Extraneous Routes / Mar 04, 2019

Brit Metalcore Band ‘Bring Me the Horizon’ Get Meta About How Music Should Sound On Refreshing Album ‘Amo’

I am not the type of person who listened to much Metalcore or anything too heavy such as Deathcore or Swedish Black Metal, which is what I remember about Bring Me the Horizon’s proto-days as a band. From a guttural assault of a track like “Pray For Plauges” off of 2007 album Count Your Blessings to 2014 single “Sleepwalking”, you can hear their style leaning into other territories that I had a really tough time getting into; Emo and Screamo. This is a band that is constantly adapting nonetheless. The aforementioned styles were super popular in Rock more a decade plus ago, and while I had younger siblings and friends who were all for it, I was into different scenes then. Therefore, I’m indifferent to the consequence of this band’s 180 about-face on Rock music, a change admitted by frontman member Oli Sykes – and I feel I can treat their previous music as solid examples of the sub genre conventions they were satisfying, while opinioning that this much more electronic style present on album amo is something very accomplished and worthy. There is no doubt that starting one’s Rock album with three extremely electronic numbers is going to ruffle some feathers, yet it truly should not, as these three tracks, “i apologize if you feel something”, “MANTRA”, and “nihilist blues”, are each captivating to hear – which should be the only thing that fans and listeners at large should be concerned about when assessing stylistic changes of professional musicians. To say that Bring Me the Horizon has lost their mojo is absurd, akin to saying Radiohead had lost themselves when they switched from an analog emphasis on instrumentation and songwriting to an extremely digital package. My ears obviously are perking up to Bring Me the Horizon, yet not because I’m some type of Electronic Rock aficionado, but because their sound for the most part, even with some of the Pop catering parts on the album, is really ambitious, speaking on themes of love and loss in an eclectic, genre defying way.

Written by taylor / Mar 04, 2019

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Active

    2004–present

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  • BMG
  • Sony
  • RCA
  • Columbia
  • Visible Noise
  • Epitaph
  • Thirty Days of Night
  • Earache
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About

Bring Me the Horizon, often abbreviated BMTH, are an English rock band from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group now consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively in the United States. The style of their early work, including their debut album Count Your Blessings, has been described primarily as deathcore, but they started to adopt a more eclectic style of metalcore on later albums. Furthermore, their fifth album That's the Spirit marked a shift in their sound to less aggressive rock music styles. In addition, their sixth album Amo saw a shift into different genres, such as electronica, pop and hip hop.
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