Bring Me The Horizon's humongous Halloween London show. In words.
BRING ME THE HORIZON ARE AN ARENA BAND NOW
Let that sink in for a second. They're not just playing one arena, but multiple massive rooms across the UK. That's a lot of people and a lot of tickets, and it's nothing short of what they've earned.
WHAT'S MORE, THEY'RE A GREAT ARENA BAND
From the beginning of 'Happy Song' (complete with streamers) right through to a blinding run through 'Down', this feels like the ultimate celebration of everything this band has become. The singalongs are big, their giant screens are bigger and what's more - the six people on stage look completely at home.
THIS IS SMARTER AND BETTER THAN WHAT'S COME BEFORE
The cheers that greet the start of 'Follow You' show that even their oldest fans are on board with the band's more expansive, progressive sound, while the production and blinding stage setup (just look at it^) is simply jawdropping.
Things are going well (duh) for Bring Me The Horizon, and they constantly seem to be pushing the boundaries of what a rock band can be in 2016.
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T GO HARD
Between a rare outing for 'Crucify Me' and an absolutely pummelling 'Chelsea Smile', this band still have the bite that made them so essential when they broke out a decade ago.
And boy, do people still love a good mosh.
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THERE'S SO MUCH TALENT IN THIS BAND
It's a big, bold show - sure - but that doesn't mean the small stuff isn't there. The delicate touches Jordan Fish and Lee Malia add to songs like 'Doomed' and a winding, captivating 'Oh No' turn this from a powerful show into a stunning one.
WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS BAND HASN'T HEADLINED A FESTIVAL YET
Someone please book them to headline a festival. Please.
WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS BAND HASN'T HEADLINE A FESTIVAL YET - PART II
It's frustrating that main support Enter Shikari's Hevy Festival headline slot was pulled this summer, because make no mistake - this is a festival-headlining band.
While they may not have the broader appeal of BMTH just yet, they make up the difference using sheer energy and ingenuity. Rou is all over the stage and Rob Rolfe - wearing a skin-tight skeleton suit, obviously - pounds away on the drums as his bandmates romp through 'Redshift' and a ground-shaking 'Slipshod'.
ENTER SHIKARI ARE ABOUT TO WRITE "THE BEST ALBUM WE'VE EVER WRITTEN"
After tonight, Shikari head off to write a new album. "I'm gonna be a right soppy bastard now and say we could not have asked for a better crowd," says Rou of the audience for their last show in a while.
"We're gonna go and write the best album we've ever written," he says. On this form, you wouldn't bet against him.
ENTER SHIKARI DESTROY A STAGE THAT'S NOT EVEN THEIRS
They end with a one-two of 'The Appeal' into 'The Mindsweep II', during which they proceed to fuck shit up. Cabs are thrown and cymbals and mic stands are everywhere, but they get away with it.
Because they're Enter Fucking Shikari.
THIS IS WHAT A GREAT ROCK SHOW LOOKS LIKE IN 2016
It's the full package. Basement, Don Broco, Enter Shikari and BMTH complete a bill that's stacked with young, British talent, and do themselves justice in largely unfamiliar circumstances.
It's four hours filled with great songs, great showmanship and vision. None more so than when Oli, Jordan, Matt, Lee and Matt bring The O2 to its knees and elevate themselves above pretty much every other modern rock band around.
BRING ME THE HORIZON JUST MIGHT BE THE BEST METAL BAND ON THE PLANET
There, we said it. Tonight was proof that Bring Me The Horizon have stepped up yet again. After this? Who knows how far they can go.