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Bring Me The Horizon
‘That’s The Spirit’
By: Scott Turney
Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) are a British five piece rock band who over the course of almost ten years has evolved and changed their sound dramatically. Gone are the harsh screams and metal style playing, and in are lead singer Oli Sykes’s clean vocals and a more pop rock sound with more emphasis on synths and radio friendly sounding songs. This change also has allowed them to sign their new label home Columbia Records. Some fans dislike the transformation, and wonder why there was such a drastic change in sound. If you compare BMTH’s first album ‘Count Your Blessings’ to some songs that were released from ‘That’s The Spirit’ then yes, it’s very drastic. But if you listen to every album, you can see that this is the direction that BMTH was heading towards. Bands need to grow and evolve and finally the metamorphosis is complete on ‘That’s The Spirit’.
‘Doomed’ is the first song off of ‘That’s The Spirit’ and it begins with synths by keyboardist Jordan Fish and moaning sounds before we are introduced to Oli Sykes as he sings “Cut off my wings and come lock me up. Just pull the plug yeah, I’ve had enough. Tear me to pieces, sell me for parts. You’re all vampires, so you can have my heart.” Which is a powerful way to start off the album. Oli Sykes had talked about the album being a “celebration of darkness.. but inside us is a world full of color that we need to take over and not ignore.” The next song on the album is ‘Happy Song’ which starts off with a cheerleading chant followed by a breakdown before Oli starts singing. ‘Happy Song’ is more mid-tempo than the previous song, and it’s also the perfect song to follow ‘Doomed’ which was more negative in nature. This is also the first time where Oli screams on the record. His screams are more calculated, and are used in more dramatic moments on the record rather than heard on every song.
The album continues with ‘Throne’, the fastest, most upbeat song so far. ‘Throne’ is also slightly heavier sounding too, using more of the guitars while still keeping the keyboards and synths going strong. Also in the song Oli shows off his screams which makes the song that much better. The next song ‘True Friends’ begins with Oli Sykes singing one of the most truthful lyrics on the record. “Don’t you know, don’t you know? True friends stab you in the front!” which is followed by a breakdown. “True Friends” is a very catchy, radio friendly song that whoever’s listening will surely have stuck in their head. Throughout the rest of ‘That’s The Spirit’ BMTH try their hand at slow love songs like ‘Follow You’ and ‘What You Need’ which uses less electronics, and is more of a pure rock song. BMTH also included a newly re-recorded version of the song “Drown” which they released back in 2014. “Drown” when it was released last year, was a shock to fans because of how different it was from their previous album ‘Sempiternal’.
Later down ‘That’s The Spirit’ is a song called “Blasphemy” and it is all about not believing in a God or Gods, and people trying to push their religious beliefs onto other non religious people. “No don’t preach to me, It’s blasphemy!” is sung by Oli. Also included in the song is a nice, slow guitar solo which really sets the song off from the rest of the songs on the album. The eleventh and last song on the album is ‘Oh No’ and it’s full of the electronics and synths that have been heard throughout the album. Just when you think BMTH are out of tricks, the song breaks down into a brass section and a saxophone solo that is very unique. The song is about Oli Sykes’s past drug problems. Oli Sykes struggled with a ketamine addiction for years that almost caused him to commit suicide, but he has been clean for over a year.
Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘That’s The Spirit’ is nothing like what we’ve heard from them before. From the beginning of ‘Doomed’ the listener knows this is not the same BMTH that they have listened to for years. Clean vocals, a more pop rock sound and synths take the center stage replacing the old metal sound. Though Oli still screams on this record, it is more calculated and saved for bigger moments in certain songs. Needless to say BMTH are not looking back, as they will probably evolve their sound even more on their next album. Will some fans not like this change sure, but every band needs to grow and transform themselves in some way. ‘That’s The Spirit’ deserves 5 out of 5 stars for not only bringing forth a new sound, but that in fact it is done very well.
POP DEFLATORS RECOMMENDS: “THRONE”