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This is Sempiternal!
Will we ever see the end?
This is Sempiternal! Over and over and OVER AGAIN!
— "Shadow Moses", from Sempiternal

Bring Me the Horizon is a five-piece rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. The band's name comes from an Improv line from Pirates of the Caribbean ("Now... bring me that horizon"). Despite the fact that they've received a fair amount of backlash from many Metal fans, each release has seen them grow to new heights of popularity, and they are currently one of the biggest modern rock acts around. They have five full-length albums released, plus a demo, an EP, two live DVDs and two remix releases, one an EP and the other a full length album. Overall, they have released 23 music videos and 12 singles.

Bring Me the Horizon started out in 2004 as a deathcore band, with a reliance on breakdowns, false chord screaming, and riffs influenced by bands such as 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 full-length released 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 somewhat immature songwriting.


Their next release was album number two, Suicide Season. This album marked a switch to a pure Metalcore sound and featured experimentation with electronic and ambient elements, plus more melodic vocals, making for a slightly more accessible sound overall. This, along with the more mature songwriting on display gained the album higher critical reception than its predecessor (though it was still very mixed), and gained the band yet more popularity. The track "Chelsea Smile" would go on to become something of a signature song for the band. Also released was an electronic remix album entitled Suicide Season: Cut Up, with alternate artwork. It was critically panned however, and is seen as an interesting footnote rather than an essential listen. Guitarist Lee Malia noted that one reason for its release was to fill contractual obligations.


In 2010, the band put out their third album, entitled There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. Building upon the ideas from the previous album, they further upped the ambient and electronic sections, and added orchestral and symphonic elements and glitched out vocal effects. It also featured vocal contributions from synthpop singer Lights whose melodic clean vocals had an interesting interplay with Oli's harsh and pained ones. This album gained yet more popularity for the band, as well as more critical acclaim, with critics again praising the more mature songwriting and heavier electronic elements.

Their fourth album, released in 2013, and it saw the band taking their sound even further away from their Deathcore roots than before. After recruiting a full time keyboard player in Jordan Fish, they released Sempiternal which featured a far more melodic sound and a huge amount more synths and electronics. While controversial among some fans, it too was also well-received, with fans praising the added atmosphere, Post-Rock influenced songwriting and the newly melodic vocals of Oli Sykes, who adopted a half screamed half sung technique for many parts of the album.

But all of this was throne out the window in 2015, when they released That's the Spirit. This album saw them completely abandoning metalcore and taking on a handful of different styles such as Pop Punk, Emo, Electronic Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock and Nu Metal. This shift from metalcore to rock catapulted the band to new heights of popularity, especially in the United States where it debuted at #2 on the mainstream albums chart (only 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 gained the band legions of new fans in the process.

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

Past members:

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


  • 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
  • 2019 - amo
  • 2019 - Music to Listen to~Dance to~Blaze to~Pray to~Feed to~Sleep to~Talk to~Grind to~Trip to~Breathe to~Help to~Hurt to~Scroll to~Roll to~Love to~Hate to~Learn Too~Plot to~Play to~Be to~Feel to~Breed to~Sweat to~Dream to~Hide to~Live to~Die to~Go To

Tropes associated with Bring Me the Horizon:

  • Album Title Drop: Once Per Album.
  • all lowercase letters: The title of their sixth album is stylized this way, and the same goes for nearly every song comprising it. note 
  • 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.
  • 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, though this applied mostly during the earlier stages of BMTH's career.
  • Break-Up Song: Lots of 'em.
  • Call-Back: "ouch", from amo, references "Follow You" (off That's the Spirit) in its one verse. It also may count as a Dark Reprise, as a fairly sweet song turns into a vicious Break Up Song.
    "Follow You": So you can drag me through hell if it meant I could hold your hand
    I will follow you 'cause I'm under your spell and you can throw me to the flames
    "ouch": I know I said I was under your spell, but this hex is on another level
    And I know I said you could drag me through Hell, but I hoped you wouldn’t fuck the Devil
  • 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "(I Used to Make Out With) Medusa" has the line "why don't you just fuck yourself, you fucking whore?"
    • "Fuck"... naturally...
  • 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...
    • The outro to "Dear Diary," references "Pray for Plagues" with Sykes erupting into a Metal Scream. The bout of Corpsing that breaks the scream might also count as them laughing at the darkly ironic connection between that song's title and the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the major inspirations for POST HUMAN.
  • Covers Always Lie: The covers for 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
  • Double-Meaning Title: amo has a triple meaning title - as Portuguese for "I love", as European Portuguese for "master", and as a homophone for "ammo" (as in ammunition).
  • Drugs Are Bad: Oliver revealed at the Alternative Press Music Awards of 2014 that he had faced an addiction to ketamine. This later became the main thematic in some songs in That's the Spirit, especially "Avalanche", although the band subtly talked about it earlier on in songs such as "It Never Ends" or "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake".
  • 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) used to invoke this.
  • Epic Rocking: "Suicide Season".
    • Their second EP consists mainly of this. Only one track lasts less than 5 minutes, while three are over 10 minutes. It's eight songs that comprise a 75-minute recording.
  • Genre Roulette: And how! Can you name another artist that has played deathcore, only to later start performing electropop? There's a laundry list of genres they've covered over the years, especially on their two most recent releases That's the Spirit and amo. Even during their deathcore days, they would have a randomly-placed Post-Rock song.
    • As an example, amo includes Dream Pop compositions ("i apologise if you feel something"), industrial rock-esque cuts ("MANTRA"), trance ("nihilist blues"), nu-metal ("wonderful life"), IDM ("fresh bruises") and even plunderphonics of all styles ("ouch")!
  • Genre Shift: From Deathcore to Metalcore, then from metalcore to Alternative Rock.
  • Gorn: The artwork for Suicide Season.
  • Gratuitous French: "ouch" opens with the line "Tu as tué mon bébé" (you killed my baby). Justified, as the song is about Oli's divorce (his now ex-wife cheated on him with a French tattoo artist).
  • Hate Plague: The aforementioned video for "Follow You", where almost everyone the boy comes across is gleefully trying to kill each other.
  • "I Hate" Song:
    • "True Friends" rants about a friend's betrayal.
    • "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake" is an angry song about someone the singer dislikes.
  • Important Haircut: Oli cut his hair short in 2018, following his divorce and signifying the band's switch to a more pop-driven sound that started with That's the Spirit and continued in amo.
  • Improv: "Off the Heezay" begins with the vocalist screaming "AWESOME FOURSOME!!!"
  • Industrial Metal: POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR is a foray into the genre, particularly in songs like "Obey", "Parasite Eve", "Kingslayer" and "Ludens". The EP's sound direction was largely inspired by Sykes playing through DOOM Eternal, which led to the band getting Mick Gordon on board for production.
  • Intercourse with You: "Fuck", of course.
  • Large Ham: Oli, all the time.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "heavy metal" which ends with Oli screaming "NO THIS AIN'T HEAVY METAL!" followed by a guttural growl. This is somewhat justified considering the name of the song.
  • 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.
    • Their second EP Music to Listen to~Dance to~Blaze to~Pray to~Feed to~Sleep to~Talk to~Grind to~Trip to~Breathe to~Help to~Hurt to~Scroll to~Roll to~Love to~Hate to~Learn Too~Plot to~Play to~Be to~Feel to~Breed to~Sweat to~Dream to~Hide to~Live to~Die to~Go To certainly qualifies.
    • As does "One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be in Your Chest as You March Towards Your Death".
  • 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: Oliver used to do Type 3's and 1's in the early days, however, due to damage to his vocal chords, he dialed down the unclean vocals exponentially.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: That's the Spirit, which is just the album name in grey on a black cover. amo took it a step further in a similar fashion to Yeezus with no cover aside from a yellow strip with the album name on the left, covering half of the CD and painted hearts on the case.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Soft 10 on Count Your Blessings, hard 8 on Suicide Season, hard 7 to standard 8 in There is a Hell... and Sempiternal, and anywhere from a 3 to a 7 in That's the Spirit - with the bulk of the album residing around levels 5 and 6. On amo there's an even bigger range, with songs going from 1 to 7, but averages at a 4-5. POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR averages at a 7, with a 2 at its softest ("One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death") and a 9 at the hardest ("Dear Diary,").
  • Mood Whiplash: "No Need for Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You on the Back of Toilet Doors" starts as a classy jazz-esque tune, only to abruptly transform into one of the heaviest songs they've ever made, complete with a Scare Chord.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake" sounds like a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech on paper, but Sykes himself said that the lyrics were aimed at himself and how he foolishly almost destroyed his life piece by piece thanks to his drug abuse.
  • New Sound Album: Suicide Season and Sempiternal.
    • Up to Eleven with That's the Spirit, which completely abandons the Metalcore elements and goes full blown indie/alternative/ and even some Post-Rock and Nu Metal.
    • amo looks like it was made on a dare on how many new sounds you can put into a single album, displaying everything you can imagine from hard rock and nu metal to electropop and symphonic compositions.
    • POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR is less eclectic than amo, with most of the songs being a mix of Industrial Metal and Nu Metal.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Half of their song titles, at least.
  • Not Christian Rock: Anytime Oli's lyrics as well as the overall imagery invoke Christian references.
    • Additionally, they are a British band; unlike their American counterparts, young Brits are overwhelmingly secular.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the "Alligator Blood" video, when Oli gets the "Death" card.
  • Oop North: Considering they hail from Sheffield, they definitely count.
  • 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.
    • Singing "Antivist" with a choir and an orchestra in a royal theater was considered an act of tremendous audacity.
  • Religion Rant Song: "The House of Wolves", "Crooked Young" and "MANTRA" are all Type 2's; "Blasphemy" is more of a Type 3.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: "Football Season Is Over" and "A Lot Like Vegas".
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Oliver is fond of saying the word "fuck" in about every other sentence.
  • 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'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.
    • The song "Shadow Moses" is a reference to Metal Gear, and even samples the song "The Best Is Yet to Come" from Metal Gear Solid.
    • POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR is filled to the brim with these: one of the songs is titled "Parasite Eve", "Dear Diary,"'s lyrics paraphrase the Keeper's Diary from Resident Evil and "Ludens" is named after the logo of Kojima Productions.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. 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.
    • "heavy metal" is one towards the part of the fandom that never ceased pissing and moaning about how BMTH moved away from their aggressive roots.
    • "MANTRA" seems to be a rant towards organized religions, if the chorus is any indicator.
  • Textless Album Cover: There Is a Hell..., Sempiternal, the digital version of That's the Spirit, Music to Listen to..., and POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR all qualify.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "True Friends", which also doubles as a Break-Up Song. The pre-chorus verse is particularly scathing.
    You got a lot of nerve, but not a lot of spine
    You made your bed when you worried about mine
    THIS! ENDS!! NOW!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
    • More recently, they have become this for bands playing Metalcore with ambient electronica and symphonic influences.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Rahzel (ex-The Roots) has a guest spot on "heavy metal". Complete with beatboxing!
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Pray for Plagues", if going from talking about a Hard-Drinking Party Girl to the Ten Plagues of Egypt is anything to write home about. Sykes himself came forward saying that the song's lyrics don't have a particular meaning.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Dear Diary," describes this happening. The writer in question is complaining about a dog constantly barking at him and becoming itchy and fading in and out, revealing hints of him becoming a zombie after somebody bit him earlier.


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