Music / Bring Me The Horizon

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Look at all these Long Haired Pretty Boys, especially Oli Sykes.

"GO TO HELL, FOR HEAVEN SAKE!"
— "Go to Hell, For Heaven Sake", from Sempiternal

Bring Me The Horizon is a five-piece rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire, formed in 2004. The band's name comes from an Improv line from Pirates of the Caribbean ("Now... bring me that horizon"). Despite the fact that, prior to the almost universally-acclaimed Sempiternal and That's the Spirit, they got alot of hate from metalheads and others for their image and for the fact that alot of their fans are teenage girls (which is a rather sexist insult to say to a band anyways), Bring Me The Horizon is a band that has constantly worked to update and push the envelope for their sound and for screamo in general. As of right now they might be one of the most experimental Post-Hardcore style bands out right now. They've released four full-length albums, one EP and a remix compilation.

Bring Me The Horizon started out in 2004 as a deathcore band, with a reliance on breakdowns, false chord screaming, and riffs influenced by At the Gates. This sound is represented on their first EP; the grindcore-esque "This Is What The edge of Your Seat Was Made for". The only album they did in this phase of their career was "Count Your Blessings" which brought them their first taste of popularity once the music video for lead single "Pray For Plagues" went viral. It drew mostly mixed reviews with complaints resting on the reliance on breakdowns and the adherance to the deathcore formula.

But the band were smart enough to realize the limitations of the formula and the realization that deathcore was mostly a fad, so they made the bold decision to completely transform their sound on their sophomore release "Suicide Season". This album marked a switch to pure Metalcore and it featured more emotional mid range screaming from Oli, a better more confident band able to do more melodic but still intricate playing, and a better execution of breakdowns. While it still wasn't the best lyrically it more than made up for it with the amount of intensity and technicality they put behind each song. But most interesting of all was the edition of electronics of their sound, which unlike other metalcore bands with electronica elements they don't just toss synthesizers and beats on top of their riffs, instead they use it as atmospheric, ambient electro breaks to give their songs more time to breath. Their original fanbase naturally cried out due to the Genre Shift, but really it was for the better with their popularity still intact since both "Diamonds Aren't Forever" and "Chelsea Smile" becoming big hits (with the latter now being considered their signature song

Now the band had found a successful formula that they could've stuck with for another hit album. But the band opted instead to innovate and change their sound again. Releasing "There is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret" in 2010 to rave reviews. In comparison to the past two efforts this record is much more mature, with better pacing and lyrics in place of the often juvenile ones of Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season. They also took much more chances musically, with songs including ambient electronic sections, orchestral and symphonic elements, glitched out vocals, and even more intricate song writing. It also featured vocal contributions from synthpop singer Lights who's sweet vocals had an interesting interplay with Oli's harsh and pained ones.

Needless to say no one saw this album coming and it blew just about everyone out of the water. Proving that they weren't just a passing fad and instead one of the most important metalcore bands out right now, the pressure was on for their fourth album. But instead of caving they released their top album "Sempiternal".

Taking every lesson they've learned in the past two albums and tightening it up, Sempiternal represented the epitome of what they were capable of, except now they had a permanent keyboardist to give their songs a better element of ambient music, better lyrics to give the songs increased emotional weight, and elements of Post-Rock to give their songs greater dynamics allowing the heavier aspects of their metalcore sound to hit the hardest.

All of this was throne out the window in 2015, when they released That's the Spirit. The album saw them completely abandoning metalcore and in its place, styles such as Pop Punk, emo, electronic rock, pop rock, and Nu Metal. This shift from metalcore to rock with some metal leanings gave them their biggest success worldwide, especially in the United States where it debuted at #2 on the albums chart (held off by The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness). The lead single "Throne" became their first song to top the US mainstream rock charts, and gave them their largest following to date.

Finally proven that they're not the same deathcore band that lit up MySpace in 06, but instead a nuanced and hard hitting band with a strong sense of song craft and dynamics.
Related Acts:
  • I Killed The Prom Queen
  • Lights
  • Bleeding Through
  • Skrillex
  • Jon Courtney
  • Immanu El

Members:
  • Oliver Sykes - lead vocals
  • Lee Malia - lead guitar
  • Matt Kean - bass guitar
  • Matt Nicholls - drums, percussion
  • Jordan Fish - keyboards, programing, vocals (2013-present)

Past members:
  • Curtis Ward - guitar, (2004-2009)
  • Jona Weinhofen - rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, vocals (2009-2013)

Discography:
  • 2004 - This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For
  • 2006 - Count Your Blessings
  • 2008 - Suicide Season
  • 2009 - Suicide Season: Cut Up!
  • 2010 - There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret.
  • 2013 - Sempiternal
  • 2015 - That's the Spirit


Tropes associated with Bring Me The Horizon:

  • Album Title Drop: Once Per Album.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Traitors Never Play Hangman" and "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick".
  • Arch-Enemy: Bullet For My Valentine, according to the magazine Rock Sound. Not that that keeps the two bands from touring together in Japan.
    • Or in the UK
  • Ascended Fanboy: The band's original lineup were big fans of their local heavy music scene long before they decided to take a stab at playing heavy music themselves.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: "Fuck" begins with, well, a loud shout of "let's FUCK!!!"
  • Audience Participation Song: "Diamonds Aren't Forever" and "Anthem".
  • Biblical Motifs: The Ten Plagues Of Egypt on "Pray For Plagues".
  • Blinding Bangs: Oli.
  • Breakup Song: Lots of 'em.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Oli Sykes once disowned This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For, although he later claimed that he was too drunk to think straight at the time.
  • Careful with That Axe: The beginning of "Pray For Plagues". Also, "Chelsea Smile".
  • Chewing the Scenery: Oli Sykes did this a lot on Count Your Blessings; he'd hold screams for so long that his growl would eventually diminish and revert back to his normal voice, resulting in astounding amounts of Narm.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa" has the line "why don't you just fuck yourself, you fucking whore?"
  • Continuity Nod: "Diamonds Aren't Forever" references older song "Rawwwrrr" and "Chelsea Smile" references "Pray For Plagues".
    • "Crucify Me" also references "The Sadness Will Never End":
    TSWNE: So don't give up on me/It's not too late for us/And I'll save you from yourself/And I'll save you from yourself....Is there hope for us?/Can we make it out alive?
    CM: If we make it through the night, if I make it out alive/Lord have mercy and pray for the dead/And you say that you can save me...
  • Covers Always Lie: The covers of The Edge Of Your Seat and Count Your Blessings are intentional examples.
  • Cover Version: The band has covered "Eyeless" by Slipknot.
  • Dead Man's Hand: "Alligator Blood" contains a reference to it.
  • Deathcore: Up until Suicide Season.
  • Despair Event Horizon: "Suicide Season" and "Blessed With A Curse" cross it.
    • Pretty much every song on "Sempiternal" crosses it.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The premise of "Throne".
    So you can throw me to the wolves
    Tomorrow I will come back
    Leader of the whole pack
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The band's gradual Genre Shift from abrasive Deathcore to polished Metalcore and finally Alternative Rock (increasingly taking on an eclectic range of secondary influences during the latter two stages) has become so drastic that listening to the band's raw, decidedly sloppy debut Deathcore EP in light of their recent output essentially invokes this.
  • Emo Teen: The band's lyrics (and hair) invoke this.
  • Epic Rocking: "Suicide Season".
  • Genre Shift: From Deathcore to Metalcore, then from metalcore to Alternative Rock.
  • Improv: "Off The Heezay" begins with the vocalist screaming "AWESOME FOURSOME!"
  • Intercourse with You: "Fuck", of course.
  • Large Ham: Oli, all the time.
  • Lighter and Softer: That's the Spirit is notably much lighter in sound than their previous material, due to them abandoning metalcore and incorporating indie elements. Even the heaviest songs ("Happy Song" and "True Friends") aren't as heavy as their normal music from before.
  • Long Title: "No Need For Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You On The Back Of Toilet Doors" is a good example.
    • The EP "This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For" also qualifies.
  • Loudness War: Suicide Season and There Is A Hell.... Just listen to the drum intro of "Anthem".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Whenever the band does "romantic" subject matter, like on "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick" and "Off The Heezay".
  • Metalcore: Was one of the leading players until they completely abandoned it with That's the Spirit.
  • Metal Scream: Mostly an hybrid between types 1 (metalcore shout) and 3 (black metal-like screech), although their deathcore stuff also uses type 2 (death growls).
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly a hard 8, very often reaching a 9. Their deathcore stuff is often a soft 10. The material from That's the Spirit ranges from a 3 ("Follow You", "Oh No") to a 7 ("Happy Song", "True Friends"), while songs like "Run" is a 5.
  • New Sound Album: Suicide Season and Sempiternal.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Half of their song titles, at least.
  • Not Christian Rock: The Christian references are just Faux Symbolism.
    • Additionally, they are a British band; unlike their American counterparts, young Brits are overwhelmingly secular.
  • Our Product Sucks: The late 2015 internet advertising for one of their tours specified that it was not an announcement, but "a warning".
  • Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Oli switches to this style on That's the Spirit.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick", "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only", "Chelsea Smile" and "Sleep With One Eye Open".
  • Rated G for Gangsta: They've lightened up their originally vulgar and hedonistic public image since their Genre Shift to Metalcore.
  • Refuge in Audacity: They were pretty much fueled by this in their early years.
  • Religion Rant Song The House of Wolves and Crooked Young are both type 2's
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: "Football Season Is Over" and "A Lot Like Vegas".
  • Shout-Out:
    • The band's name is a Shout Out to the last line in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
    • The song title "Who Wants Flowers When You're Dead? Nobody." is a Shout Out to J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
    • The song title "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick" is a Shout Out to sickanimation.com's The Secret League Of Legionaires Pt. 2.
    • A song from their album Count Your Blessings is called "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only".
    • The song "It Was Written In Blood" contains almost direct quotes from the suicide note left by the famous Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, who wrote the note in his own blood.
    • The song "Football Season Is Over" might be named after the suicide note left by the famous Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
    • The song title "The Sadness Will Never End" paraphrases Vincent van Gogh's last words, "The sadness will last forever."
    • The lyrics to "Suicide Season" are heavily influenced by the funeral poem If Tears Could Build A Sentence.
    • Predator and Chewbacca from Star Wars appear in the video for "The Comedown".
    • The video for "The Sadness Will Never End" is based on the movie Let the Right One In.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: While their music tends to be quite serious, their music videos do have a certain amount of silliness.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Oli and Lights when they sing together on "Don't Go" and "Crucify Me"
    • Despite mostly switching to clean vocals for That's the Spirit, Oli still lets a scream slip on a few songs.
  • Spoken Word in Music
  • Subdued Section: The ambient sections on "Chelsea Smile" and "Suicide Season". There Is A Hell... has these on almost every song.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Fifteen Fathoms, Counting", if instrumentals count. Also "Deathbeds".
  • Studio Chatter: At the end of "Rawwwrrr" and "Football Season Is Over".
  • Take That: "No Need For Introductions..." is a Take That at a girl who claimed to have been assaulted and pissed on by the band, getting the band into legal trouble and putting a black mark on their reputation.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "True Friends", which also doubles as a Breakup Song.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only".
  • This Is a Song: "Anthem".
  • Title Drop: They drop the band's name in "RE: They Have No Reflections".
    Do not change the subject
    Let's go change the subject
    Bring me the horizon
    Bring me the horizon
    Now
  • Trope Codifier: for Emo-looking guys playing Deathcore. Before Bring Me The Horizon, the asymmetric-fringed crowd were only ever seen in emo bands, and skinny, well-groomed teens playing brutal metalcore was quite a shock to the system back in 2005-2006, when their EP started making the rounds, especially since this was before metalcore was paid attention to outside of metal crowds in their native Britain.

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