Bring Me The Horizon is a metalcore band based out of Sheffield, Yorkshire, and was originally formed in 2003. Their genre has changed several times over the year, and originally started as 'deathcore', which is very gutural and very different from their style today. The lineup as we know it today consists of mostly original members. There's Oli Sykes, who is the band's vocalist, Matt Kean who's on bass, Lee Malia as the lead guitarist, and Jordan Fish who joined in 2012.
Their first album, Count Your Blessings came out in 2006, and actually recieved a lot of contraversy because of the genre. Its thought to be the reason they have slowly progressed in their genre ever since, but that's more of an opinion from the internet rather than an actual fact. That being said, they have steadily just gotten more and more attention with each album release.
Bring Me The Horizon now has six studio albums, two EPs, and three Gold certifications. Their latest album, That's The Spirit, which came out on September 11, 2015 is easily their most successful album to date. It hit number one in Australia and Canada, number 2 in the US, New Zealand, and the UK, and charted in the top ten in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Belgium, and Austraia. That's The Spirit has already been certified Gold in the UK, and lended a big hand in bringing BMTH more attention all across the globe.
At least here in the US, it felt like we started hearing about Bring Me The Horizon a lot more after the release of their 2013 album, Sempiternal. They announced the album title in October of 2012, and then released the first single, "Shadow Moses" in January 2013. The song debuted on the BBC Radio One, and got such a response that Epitaph Records felt pressured to release the music video for the song a week earlier than originally planned. This was the band's fourth studio album, and they were already very well known, but this album drastically changed their sound. At the time of the release, we would not have said we were fans of BMTH, so we ignored the hype for this album for quite some time. Then many different people stated that this album was extremely different from their other works, and decided to give it a chance and see for ourselves.
We were definitely impressed, and thanks to that album would now say we're fans of BMTH. Something we discovered while doing some research was that the majority of this album was actually recorded on Oli Sykes laptop, and was recorded after some very extensive touring, which has proven to be a consistent thing in BMTH's career. They still tour practically non stop today, and it appears as though they always have. Over the years, they have performed along side tons and tons of different bands, suhc as I Killed The Prom Queen, The Ghost Inside, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada, ect.
Over the years, they've recieved a good handful of controversay, especially over their lyrical content. Its a common fact that Oli Sykes has been very depressed and he has been suicidal in the past, so because of that, their lyrics have expressed that from the start or some aggression. While that connects a ton of people, it does also make you stop and think sometimes as well.
Some of their other contravsery has actually been stirred up and didn't totally involve the band directly. Many people were claiming that BMTH rips off Linkin Park after Oli spoke up about how they're an inspiration to him. People actually started nitpicking pieces of songs out and claiming it was "the same." Spoiler alert: Those people are assholes, and we never heard similiarities at all. Even if we did, its to be expected. There's only so many notes and cords you can do, so similarities do happen.
Then very recently there was a stir over Coldplay's latest album cover resembling their Sempiternal album. It didn't resemble it a lot, and the Sempiternal cover is the Flower of Life, which is actually thought to be a structure that forms music. ""The distances between the spheres is identical to the distances between the tones and the half tones in music." So, there for, this whole thing was invalid.
Despite some of the contraversy and drama, they're an extremely well loved band, and they are extremely busy! They always have been really, but the touring does not stop. They just concluded a South American tour, and will be doing a European tour beginning April 5. The tour lasts through April 22, and then they go straight into the US festival season. They will be performing at Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range. BUT WAIT, THERE'S EVEN MORE. They will go back over to England to perform at the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 26 on May 28. After that, they will be going all around Europe to play Rock Am Ring and Rock IM Park 2016 in Germany, Greenfield festival 2016 in Switzerland, Aerodrome Festival in the Czech Republic, Hellfest in France, the Amnesia Rockfest in Canada, AND many more through out the summer all over England They're also going to be heading down to Australia in September!
For further information, we highly recommend you check out their official website, because you will find a ton of different dates and if you want to see them, you more than likely will find a date near you. They actually are coming near us, and we are hoping to see them! They're going to be at Fort Rock, we have never seen them before, and actually weren't a fan of them until Sempiternal came out. So, please don't shun us when reading our favorite songs below, because they all are from Sempiternal or That's The Spirit.
Our favorite BMTH songs are, "True Friends", "Antivist", "Drown", "Throne", "Blasphemy", "Go To Hell For Heaven Sakes", "Can You Feel My Heart", "Happy Song", ect. Basically the entire That's The Spirit album has been played nearly on repeat since its release. Its honestly so good, in our opinion.
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