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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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Album Review: That’s The Spirit – Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon

That’s The Spirit released on 11 September. 

Oliver Sykeslead vocals, programming, keyboards (2004–present)

Lee Malialead guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)

Matt Kean bass guitar (2004–present)

Matt Nichollsdrums, percussion (2004–present)

Jordan Fish − keyboards, vocals (2012–present)

Bring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, consisting of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish.

Bring Me the Horizon’s latest album That’s the Spirit follows on from Sempiternal, released in 2013, which became their most significant commercial achievement to date.

That’s the Spirit however, is a much more mature album that will undoubtedly raise this ambitious group to the next level. It is guaranteed to swell their fanbase as it’s appeal extends beyond the ‘shouty heavy metal’ that we are so used to towards a sound that surprisingly hints of ‘pop’!

The distinct lack of Oli Sykes trademarks screams are due to the fact that his vocal chords can no longer sustain the immense strain put upon them and is a factor in the new direction of this album. With few traces of the bands recognisable aggression, this fresh direction may stem from Oli Sykes decision to check himself into rehab two years ago after coming clean about his addiction to the party drug ketamine, and this album reflects the emotional vulnerability and paranoia that inevitably came from this difficult period in his life.

The release of Drown in October 2014, originally as a stand-alone single, received such a positive reception from even their stalwart fans and this reaction spurred the band on to complete That’s the Spirit – an altogether smoother and sleeker offering than previous releases.

Doomed is a larger than life opening track, showcasing the strength and quality of Oli Sykes voice, whilst providing a leaning towards the previous album Sempiternal.

Happy Song, following this powerful opener, is an album highlight that neatly sums up the band’s transition to arena-ready rock.

Throne – with it’s unmistakable ‘Linkin Park’ sound is a powerful piece of pure rock, followed by True Friends which provides a heavier lift to the middle of the album.

Follow You sees Oli Sykes displaying a touching and emotional side of his personality; perhaps influenced by his recent marriage, the mellow vocals are backed up with poignant lyrics such as “promise me you’ll never leave my side” and “you can drag me through hell and I will follow you”.

What You Need is a track that not only highlights the impressive vocal range of Oli Sykes but also features a rarely heard but sublime guitar solo from Lee Malia .

Whilst Avalanche boasts memorable, driving singalong choruses, Run counteracts this with a mix of darker and deeper drum rhythms and synthetic sounds

Drown is huge – a classic arena track, a festival must that will reinforce Bring Me The Horizon’s entry into the rock scene.

Oh No is a track that will undoubtedly cement their position as rivals to the likes of You Me At Six and could set the band on track to achieve their ambition of headlining Reading and Leeds Festival next year!

This Sheffield band are ambitious and with That’s The Spirit have adapted their sound to help them achieve their dreams. The UK rock scene has a new band who appear determined to challenge for the top spot and will be bringing with them a host of new fans.

Written By: Lindsy Stott