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.
- Oliver Sykes - lead vocals
- Lee Malia - lead guitar
- Matt Kean - bass guitar
- Matt Nicholls - drums, percussion
- Jordan Fish - keyboards, programming, vocals (2013-present)
- 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
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.
- 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".
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...
- "Crucify Me" also references "The Sadness Will Never End":
- 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
- 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) invoke this.
- Epic Rocking: "Suicide Season".
- 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.
- Genre Shift: From Deathcore to Metalcore, then from metalcore to Alternative Rock.
- Gorn: The artwork for Suicide Season.
- The video for "Follow You" takes this Up to Eleven.
- Hate Plague: The aforementioned video for "Follow You", where almost everyone the boy comes across is gleefully trying to kill each other.
- 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!!!"
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our Product Sucks: The late 2015 internet advertising for one of their tours specified that it was not an announcement, but "a warning".
- The advertising for their 2016 Australian tour wasn't any better.
- 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, "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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 this group moved away from their aggressive roots in favor of the newly-established mainstream rock sound.
- "MANTRA" seems to be a rant towards organized religions, if the chorus is any indicator.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "True Friends", which also doubles as a Break-Up Song. The pre-chorus verse is particularly scathing.
- 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 subjectLet's go change the subjectBring me the horizonBring me the horizonNow
- 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, formerly of The Roots fame, makes his presence known on "heavy metal". Replete with beatboxing throughout portions of the song.