Bring Me The Horizon
Five-piece English rock band ‘Bring Me The Horizon’ were assembled in 2004, where they ignited their music career through the release of their first metal-core EP that year. BMTH has been frequently labelled as a ‘shapeshifting’ band over the years, due to their unpredictable evolution of sound. From album to album, the band has injected it’s sound with more melody, while slowly venturing after a more electronic undertone, hungry for a more metallic sound.
The title of this album, ‘Amo’ , is the Portuguese word for ‘I love’ which is a theme that runs throughout the album. However, BMTH showcases their ideology of love through it’s venomous aftermath and painful consequences. This is particularly presented in the track ‘Medicine’, where the band describes their realisation after a failed love through the lyric, “Some people are a lot like clouds, ya know. Cus life’s so much brighter when they go”. This track, alongside the rest of the album, takes on a more arena-rock sound, through the retraction of guitar and the addition of electronic elements. The track ‘Mantra’ seems to be the only song recognisable to the fans of their last album, ‘That’s The Spirit’, because of the fact that ‘Amo’ presents a pop façade. The band’s unpredictable nature beaconed from this album, through their inclusion of creative risks such as ‘Nihilist Blues’. This is a dark pop number that features the artsy pop artist ‘Grimes’. This track begins by hammering like a rave, while the second verse acts as an electronic breakdown.
My favourite track of the album is ‘Heavy Metal’, where BMTH mock their old fans, after they abandoned them because the band evolved from their heavier sound. This track is intertwined with guitar riffs and a beatbox from the former ‘Roots’ member, Rahzel. The beatboxing acts as not only the backing music but its own bridge, therefore forming the foundations of the track.
The souring melody’s in combination with the catchy tunes (particularly in ‘Mother Tongue’) create for a toe-tapping, head-bopping and electrifying sixth album of ‘Bring Me The Horizon’. Although the band has taken on a new sound, the album sits as my favourite at the moment, due to it’s meaningful lyrics and energetic nature.
Written by Millie Pick