Every so often, I like to start my week off with something screamy. Which is why today’s post is about the most metal band I listen to: Bring Me The Horizon.
Lee, Matt Kean, Oli, Matt Nicholls, Jordan.
I tried listening to BMTH a few years ago, and cried a little because their first two albums (2006’s Count Your Blessings and 2008’s Suicide Season) are scary – for me, anyway. It’s straight up screaming and heavy drumming and I can’t understand why Oli is saying. So I gave up, figuring I just can’t handle metal. Until last year, when Oli did guest vocals (or I guess, guest screaming) on the You Me At Six song, “Bite My Tongue” (I swear I don’t do it on purpose, but approximately one quarter of my conversations come back around to the boys in YMAS *shrugs*), and I decided to try again.
This time around, I went with their third album, 2010’s There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret (sure it’s a long title, but for a Panic! at the Disco/Fall Out Boy fan, this is NOTHING compared to what I’m used to). And I ended up really liking what I heard.
Let’s play a game of Russian roulette.
Josh Franceschi (from You Me At Six) does the singing bits.
So when BMTH announced their new album, Sempiternal, at the end of last year, I was pretty stoked – especially after seeing the teaser, which featured part of “Shadow Moses”. The album leaked in March this year, they started streaming it through their website, and after listening to the whole thing, I decided I had to have it.
Sempiternal is the first BMTH album to have Oli sing instead of just scream. He does a fantastic job, balancing the clean/unclean vocals, and it makes the album much more listenable than the previous three (in my opinion). Even Ro (who normally shakes her head and cringes when something is too screamy) really enjoys it, which leads to us spending many evenings standing in the living and screaming “THIS. IS. SEMPITERNAL.”
When “Shadow Moses” was first released, this meme was created because it sounds like Oli is saying “THIS. IS. SANDPIT TURTLE”.
We saw BMTH at Warped, and they were the band who consistently drew massive crowds no matter where they played (I’m pretty sure 75% of Warped attendees were smashed together in front of the main stage to see them). And we’re going to see them headline a tour next year (it will be my first real metal show, so I’m intrigued – how does one behave at a metal show? Do I scream the words or sing them? Will I be beaten up for dancing or wearing bright colours? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in my concert review – coming February 2014!)
I recently read an interview with Oli in last month’s Rock Sound magazine, and he said that BMTH want to be the “metal band for people who don’t like metal”. As someone caught in between liking metal and being scared of metal, I’d say they’ve successfully achieved that particular goal.
P.S. I’ll be gone for the next two Music Mondays, but stay tuned for double posts on December 10 or 11 where I’ll review Biffy Clyro in Paris, and Don Broco in London!