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Live review: Bring Me The Horizon – O2 London – 31st Oct and 5th Nov 2016

BRING ME THE HORIZON ARE AN ARENA BAND NOW

Bring Me the Horizon are in the midst of their first sell out arena tour across the UK – their biggest tour to date – even playing two sell out nights at the O2, London before heading on to Europe.

Not only are BMTH, as they are known amongst their fan base, rapidly staking their claim the best Alternative Rock/Metal band around but are on the verge of eclipsing pretty much every other modern rock band. As well as proving that they are a fantastic arena band, blending seamless production with mind-blowing graphics that together produce a stunning and powerful show, BMTH look completely at home, commanding every inch of the cavernous surroundings, as though this is where they have always meant to be.

An explosive entrance, complete with a torrent of streamers launched BMTH straight into Happy Song and this fusion of energy, pyrotechnics, smoke, light continue right through until the last chords of an arresting rendition of Drown;t he singalongs are big, the mosh pits bigger and rarely has a standing crowd been so big or lively at such a venue.

Follow You, a prime example of Bring Me The Horizon’s newer material incorporating a more progressive sound has been readily accepted by the older fans who were rewarded by a rare performance of Crucify Me and pounding Chelsea Smile from 2008, dispelling any thoughts that this band may have lost the bite that has been their trademark. The music remains loud, strong and exciting, and a true accomplishment that a band can so successfully mix up so many different genres and elements whilst continuing to push the boundaries.

Oli Sykes – whose vocals are on point throughout, seems to have grown in confidence; with a confident swagger Oli commands the stage with a sureness that even sees him sharing with the audience the ‘loss of a wife, and a friend this year’. The heavier songs – House of Wolves and Antivist – from the band’s previous album Sempiternal stand out, an energizing combination of noise and melody whilst the supporting vocals of Jordan Fish and Lee Malia on songs like Sempiternal and Doomed are without doubt equally impressive.

There is so much talent in this band, clearly displayed throughout this big, bold and captivating show. The slick staging, big screens and overall presence of this deserving band, Oli, Jordan, Matt, Lee and Matt brought The O2 to its knees, not once but twice.

BMTH are good – VERY good!!!

Set list

​​Happy Song 

​​Go to Hell, for Heaven’s Sake 

​​The House of Wolves 

​​Avalanche 

​​The Best Is Yet to Come 

​​Shadow Moses 

​​Chelsea Smile 

​​Follow You 

​​Crucify Me 

​​Sleepwalking 

​​Doomed 

​​Can You Feel My Heart 

​​Antivist 

​​Throne 

​​Encore:

​​True Friends 

​​Oh No 

​​Drown

Written by: Lindsy Stott

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