Bring Me The Horizon
That’s The Spirit
11th September 2015 – Sony/Columbia
02. Happy Song
04. True Friends
05. Follow You
06. What You Need
11. Oh No.
Bring Me The Horizon are one of the most important metal bands the UK has bred in recent years. The success of their 2013 album Sempiternal lead to them selling out Wembley Arena in hours. This year the band sub-headlined the Reading and Leeds Festivals underneath Metallica. This growth is both impressive and vastly important to the health of the scene as a whole. 2015 sees the release of the band’s fifth full length That’s The Spirit.
Those who checked out the singles before release would have noticed the change in direction immediately. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise however; despite their deathcore roots, the band have slowly been drifting towards a more mellow and mainstream approach to their music of late.That’s The Spirit sees this evolution continues with an increase in electronic elements, as well as massive singalong choruses throughout.
Conversely, it’s also certainly the heaviest pop album you’ll ever hear. Its nihilistic lyrics, added to the powerful riffs and vast electronics, show that they’ve lost none of their fire, but have instead condensed it into something more infectious. The bouncy riff of “Happy Song” is both memorable and striking in contrast to the nu-metal tinged “Throne“, which gives a nod to 2013′s well-received Sempiternal whilst continuing the forward charge.
The dynamic production also feels polished and bright: the electronic sections of “Follow You” are carried by clean guitars and silky smooth vocals. The metallic “Avalanche” solidifies the dark pop sound, and by the time magnificently dark “Run” comes around, with its tribalistic drums, any doubts anyone could ever have about this album are cast aside. It’s huge. “Blasphemy” has a cinematic quality, with a straight-to-the-point intro leading into a fantastically driven rhythm section, underpinned by a fistful of dirty, enthralling riffs drive the track on.
Album closer “Oh No” is perhaps one of the finest songs Bring Me The Horizon have ever written. Its progressive elements takes a look into vocalist Oli’s battles with addiction, and its 30 Seconds To Mars-like quality makes its serious subject matter instantly accessible. Contained within are hidden depths, brass sections and ambient flutters throughout, which add texture and dimension to an already anthemic track.
Bring Me The Horizon’s ability to evolve and still expand their fanbase is a big part of what makes them so important. They’re hot property, and not just within the metal scene – their spread into the mainstream is a promising sign that their perceived softening isn’t a bad thing. I don’t doubt that this newest evolution may alienate fans of the band’s original sound, but their innate ability to create stadium-worthy tracks, packed full of both heart and hooks, means they’re surely doing something right. People question where the next generation of festival headliners are coming from, but That’s The Spirit shows that at least one of them is already fucking here.