Few bands have transcended the hair-splitting folly of rock subgenre labeling fairly like Bring Me The Horizon.
Over the final 15 years, the U.Ok. five-piece has been known as (deep breath) deathcore, metalcore, electronicore, post-hardcore, screamo, different steel, alt-rock, hard-rock and electro-rock. Yet none of these scene-defining delineations have ever appeared to matter a lot — the group has merely soldiered on, rising its fanbase and amassing larger crucial acclaim with each launch to this point.
Each of the band’s albums has been meticulously composed to obliterate their earlier sonic restraints, and perpetuate their ascent from late-2000s Warped Tour upstarts to a far-reaching act — one who's recorded a concert film with a full symphony orchestra, and one whose legion of diehards pushed their final challenge, 2015’s That’s The Spirit, all the way in which to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
BMTH releases its sixth LP, amo, on Friday, Jan. 25: an experimental, electronic-influenced file and a beaming instance of simply how chameleonic singer Oliver Sykes and crew have becom — in addition to how a “heavy” band can, the truth is, advance past mosh pits and blast beats with out sacrificing its core musicianship.
As followers gear up for the amo album cycle and we have fun BMTH’s first-ever Grammy nomination (the brand new single, “MANTRA,” is up for finest rock track) listed here are our selections for the band’s 10 finest tunes.
10. “Nihilist Blues” (feat. Grimes) (amo, 2019)
Let’s kick this listing off with a shiny, new jam that finest nails amo’s hard-rock-meets-electronic aesthetic. “Nihilist Blues” is a menacing, electro-pop banger that’s absolutely the best 5 minutes amongst this block of daring new tunes — a lot of which bump like DJ remixes to conventional BMTH cuts. Sykes’ polished vocal is merely a plot machine right here as a galloping, club-ready instrumental results in a good larger thump plus a wispy and welcome visitor vocal from synth-pop singer Grimes. Plucked out of context, “Nihilist Blues” bears little resemblance to the band’s previous work — it would even move for a Cheat Codes track — although there’s simply sufficient tonal menace to maintain the previous followers engaged.
WARNING: If you’ve solely simply hopped on the BMTH bandwagon for the final two albums, songs like “Diamonds Aren’t Forever” — or absolutely anything from the band’s deathcore-tinged Suicide Season — could end in an surprising punch to the tooth. There’s nice disparity between how the blokes write now versus a decade in the past. That’s to not say, nevertheless, that “Diamonds” isn’t an excellent chainsaw of a track, with explosive breakdowns and a monster gang refrain that sparked a load of “We won’t ever sleep/ 'Cause sleep is for the weak” t-shirt gross sales. “Diamonds” additionally helped set up the band as heavy hook-masters who might (and did) impress an entire lot of latest followers to thrash and flail to this ripper at Warped Tour 2008.
eight. “Can You Feel My Heart” (Sempiternal, 2013)
The sonic wizardry of 2013's Sempiternal was due partially to the addition of keyboardist Jordan Fish, whose dynamic programming efforts and digital affect shifted the group away from pure metalcore and towards a extra amorphous and forward-facing sound. All of that’s felt instantly with the scorching, hypnotic album opener, “Can You Feel My Heart.” Sykes wrestles with drug dependancy and melancholy right here — the lament “I can’t drown my demons/ They know the right way to swim” turned one other trademark T-shirt print — however Fish’s tone-setting synth melody is the true takeaway and laid the groundwork for the band’s new identification.
7. “Chelsea Smile” (Suicide Season, 2008)
“Chelsea Smile” stays a quintessential BMTH track for a lot of O.G. followers, as this was the large scene hit when success actually started to seek out the blokes from Sheffield. It’s the lead single off an album that proved the band understood melody and the right way to construction a track that wasn’t only a bunch of guttural growls and blast beats. Sure, “Chelsea” remains to be loads heavy, however followers might latch onto the group’s first well-known refrain — “I’ve bought a secret/ It’s on the tip of my tongue/ It’s on the again of my lungs” — and there’s so much to love within the back-half instrumental part, the place we hear the beginnings of what would change into an obsession with digital sounds.
6. “Empire (Let Them Sing)” (Sempiternal, 2013)
“Empire,” is a giant, acerbic album monitor with a seething hook and good stability between the band BMTH had at all times been thus far, and the world-beating act they had been about to change into. It should’ve been maddening to be within the studio when Sempiternal was being recorded; the band was trying to infuse a pile of hammering riffs with all of the atmospheric programming it so desired — with out forcing the 2 right into a battle for followers’ consideration. That’s no small feat, and this album may need been BMTH’s sweetest spot in that regard. “Empire” rips you a brand new one each time you take heed to it, whereas the studio gloss retains you coming again for extra.
5. “Doomed” (That’s The Spirit, 2015)
Before you learn any additional, go watch the model of “Doomed” recorded for the group’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall concert film, full with a symphony orchestra and choir of backup singers; it’s freaking wonderful. Anyway, the studio model of this epic album opener is deeply arresting, too, with a splendidly mysterious, digital preamble that provides method to one among Sykes’ most dynamic vocal performances to this point. The enormous, serrated hook (“So go rain on my parade”) is superbly juxtaposed with a falsetto that coos “I believe we’re doomed,” and attracts the gate for an album that took the synth sounds a bit additional, fused a little bit of pop and earned the band its most glowing opinions to this point.
four. “Fuck” (There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret, 2010)
Somewhere up within the cosmos it was determined — everytime you’re jamming out to this track, somebody will ask you what you’re listening to and you then’ll have to clarify: “Yes, it’s a track known as ‘Fuck.’ No, I’m not kidding.” Whatever, “Fuck” is superior; it’s frantically enjoyable. with among the group’s handiest breakdowns. Plus, there's a significant help from You Me At Six’s frontman John Franceschi, who turns in an impassioned clear vocal break to complete off an addictive monitor that BMTH ought to actually take into account including again into their stay units — they haven’t performed it commonly since 2013.
three. “Throne” (That’s the Spirit, 2015)
Someone must let BMTH open for Metallica, if solely in order that the hard-rock colossus that’s “Throne” might be performed in a stadium, the place it belongs. Stats-wise, “Throne” is the most important hit of BMTH’s profession to this point (120 million performs on Spotify alone) and the tune’s mammoth refrain is the band’s most accessible — even little children can sing it! Its skittering synthy intro is straight away recognizable, and it’s onerous to not love the pop-imbued verse that turns venomous because it approaches the refrain. Kudos to Fish right here for merging the “oh-ohs” of the Sykes vocal with the track's digital melody, in such a means that the 2 meld right into a singular humanity-adjacent sound.
2. “Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake” (Sempiternal, 2013)
This banner single off Sempiternal is in the end the album’s most replayable thrasher. It’s aggressive and sinfully enjoyable, with a hook designed to scream within the face of your best enemy. The sonic mix is “Linkin Park meets symphonic steel” — however with a number of tweaks in tone, this might’ve been a Motley Crue track, too. It’s a bulletproof composition that’s yet one more instance on Sempiternal of Fish’s terrific atmospheric amendments to a band that discovered the right way to write some significantly kick-ass hard-rock songs.
1. “It Never Ends” (There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret, 2010)
“It Never Ends” was the seismic shift, the Big Bang, the good migration for BMTH away from metalcore rudimentaries and into an period of digital and orchestral experimentation. It’s led the band to titanic successes with each launch since There Is A Hell … — and furthermore it’s an industrial shredder of a lead single. “It Never Ends” is masterful in its development from lush, encompassing synth and choral vocals to a breakneck, punk-inspired refrain that alludes to Sykes’ battle with drug dependancy. It’s a deeply troubled track, but it stays one of many band’s most satisfying chant-alongs, and we’ll say it as soon as, we’ll say it twice, we’ll say it a thousand effing instances: “It Never Ends” is the best Bring Me The Horizon track.