Bring Me The Horizon's 'That's The Spirit' is out now and hopefully hitting #1 tomorrow. Here's the ultimate review.
Rock is dead.
That’s all we keep hearing from the outside world. We’re told that modern rock isn’t breeding superstars or festival headliners any more, that things were better in “The Good Old Days”.
According to them, rock is a dull, archaic niche. According to them, the scene is fetid, fatigued and finished.
Bring Me The Horizon are about to change all of that.
Over a decade old and five albums deep by this point, ‘That’s The Spirit’ sees the Sheffield mob graduating to the big leagues in the most spectacular fashion.
We haven’t heard Oli, Jordan, Lee, Matt and Matt so expansive before, but we haven’t heard them so accomplished either. From the breathy, electronic swell of delicate opener ‘Doomed’ right through to the burst of saxophone (yep) on 11th and final track ‘Oh No’, this is a band bursting with fresh ideas and executing them to perfection over what will surely go down as a masterpiece.
Singles ‘Drown’, ‘Happy Song’ and ‘Throne’ are epic, thunderous and skyscraping in equal measure – that we already know – while only the groove-driven ‘What You Need’ really resembles the BMTH of old.
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In place of brutality, Jordan Fish’s contributions to their music has come to the forefront through each and every layered, lush song. This is breaking new ground – most of it electronic – that no band has even touched before. And even if they have, nobody incorporates synth and atmospherics into music quite like Bring Me The Horizon do on the likes of a shit-kicking ‘Run’, while the angsty, fist-pumping arena rock anthem ‘True Friends’ and string-laden, wistful ballad ‘Avalanche’ are ready-made for pyro blasts and sold-out arenas. They rumble along at a breathless pace and change the game for rock music as we know it, while in places they’re at their most bare and still manage to sound bigger than anything this band and this genre has done before.
The huge, open chords and Oli’s raking vocal performance on ‘Avalanche’ have shades of Linkin Park, and the aforementioned ‘Oh No’ finishes things off with some softer arena rock that never even comes close to being boring. That doesn’t mean they’ve lost their bite, though. ‘Blasphemy’ is furious, and sees these scrappy Sheffield kids marching on defiant as ever now they’ve grown up – and done it all by themselves, as well.
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Oli’s lyrics cut closer to the bone, too, with lines like “True friends stab you in the front”, “You can drag me through hell if you let me hold your hand” and “You make me want to slit my wrists and play in my own blood” travelling the full spectrum of emotions but staying as raw and honest as ever.
With pulsing, lilting electronics coupled with the best actual songwriting this band has ever pulled out of the bag. It’s a 43-minute blast of ingenious, future-proof rock, virtually flawless but from a band that – importantly – are still flawed like the rest of us.
This is the best album you’ll hear this year and more significantly, it’s the most important rock album of the decade.
This right here is proof that rock music isn’t dead. This is the future. This is Bring Me The Horizon.
FOR FANS OF: PVRIS, CHVRCHES, Linkin Park
This review originally appeared in issue 204 of Rock Sound magazine.