Bring Me The Horizon: Taking Metalcore to the Mainstage

Bring Me The Horizon: Taking Metalcore to the Mainstage
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What Genre is Bring Me The Horizon?

Bring Me The Horizon is a metalcore band that blends metal with alternative, pop, and electronic genres. They have previously even covered genres like deathcore with their first album "Count Your Blessings". Bring Me The Horizon has a strong appeal that attracts fans of mainstream music as well as fans of metal genres.

Who are the Members of Bring Me The Horizon?

As of 2024, the current members of Bring Me The Horizon are Oli Skyes (Lead Vocals), Lee Malia (Guitar), Matt Kean (Bass), and Matt Nicholls (Drummer).

Bring Me The Horizon's History

The band formed in 2004 in South Yorkshire, England. In 2006 Bring Me The Horizon released their first album, "Count Your Blessings. The album takes a raw deathcore sound that Bring Me The Horizon fans either hate or love. Overall when it was released the band received some negative feedback leading to them experimenting with a new sound for their next album release.

"Suicide Season" was dropped in 2008 and debuted a more refined sound with more electronic production. The album features a more versatile range of screamed vocals while still maintaining an aggressive and brutally heavy sound. Standout songs like "Chelsea Smile" further the intense sound from "Count Your Blessings" with more vocal techniques, a better mix, and electronic elements. Many consider this to be a big turning point that helped Bring Me The Horizon evolve into what we know them as today.

The band's 3rd album "There Is a Hell Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let's Keep It a Secret" propelled the band's popularity internationally due to the strong electronic/alternative vibe to the album. Tracks like "It Never Ends" use screaming that is backed by synths to create powerful soundscapes. Meanwhile, songs such as "Fuck" and "Home Sweet Hole" display some of the first clean singing from Oli Skyes in Bring Me The Horizon's career so far, showing a change in the band's overall sound.

Bring Me The Horizon Skyrockets

In 2013 the band released their fan-favorite album "Sempiternal" under Epitaph Records/RCA Records. The release of "Sempiternal" marked a monumental change in Bring Me The Horizon's history as this was their first major record deal. This album pushed them into mainstream relevance, even charting at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and breaking into the US Billboard 200.

"Can You Feel My Heart" is still to this day the band's most popular song and it excellently blends glitchy electronic effects with undeniably catchy vocal melodies in a way that seems to mix alternative rock and pop. The band was far from forgetting their roots though with tracks like "Shadow Moses" paying homage to their heavier beginnings with the memorable and iconic callout, this is sempiternal. Many Bring Me The Horizon fans say that "Sempiternal" is the best iteration of the band and it was the start of a new era for the South Yorkshire act.

In 2015, Bring Me The Horizon released "That's the Spirit" to critical acclaim, fully delving into the band's experimental electronic-influenced sound. The Hit song "Throne" captures an evolving sound that alongside Bring Me The Horizon's previous releases, sets a blueprint and sound that many new bands take inspiration from. Bring Me The Horizon captured a sound that blends emo, metal, alternative rock, electronica, and even pop to form their distinct sound.

Changing Their Sound Again?

With the 2019 release, "amo", Bring Me The Horizon peaked at #1 on the UK Charts. The band explores a much more pop-influenced sound with secondary elements of rock, alternative, and electronica. Featuring artists Grimes, Dani Filth, and Rahzel, the album navigates a new sound for the band while still keeping elements from their previous music blended into the mix.

By the end of the year, Bring Me The Horizon unleashed another album, "Music to listen to..." furthering the band's experimental sound. Featuring a 24-minute track and multiple songs over the 10-minute mark, the album takes the style of ambient electronica even featuring globally massive artists like Halsey.

A New Era

"Post Human: Survival Horror" was released in 2020 and was heavily influenced by the pandemic. Fueled by isolation and frustration, Bring Me The Horizon displayed a more aggressive metalcore sound driven by electronic elements.

Standout track, "Kingslayer" features Babymetal and brings a dynamic sound with screaming, gutturals, violent guitar chugging, and a catchy well-produced chorus. With the album featuring multiple breakdowns, Bring Me The Horizon dons a new and revolutionary sound while still combining their early metal influences that original fans of the band will appreciate.

Since 2020, Bring Me The Horizon hasn't released an album and has been releasing a string of singles, as many listeners prefer to have music available to them sooner. The band released their single "Strangers" in 2022, leaning into an alternative rock sound with electronica/edm influences, amassing nearly 100 million streams on Spotify alone in the past year.

In 2023 Bring Me The Horizon released 3 singles with varying sounds, the first being "Lost" a track that starts with a mainstream alternative pop sound before bursting into an emotional metalcore-type chorus. "Lost" even manages to toss in a breakdown that metal fans will surely enjoy.

"Amen" was released in June of 2023 and surprised everyone, returning Bring Me The Horizon to a full-on metal sound with an intensely heavy breakdown and a catchy singing chorus. Featuring major rap star Lil Uzi Vert, "Amen" was a creative and unexpected sound that caught many fans by surprise and paid homage to the band's heavier roots.

One of Bring Me The Horizon's most popular songs took the final release slot of 2023, "Darkside". Taking a softer alternative pop-rock sound, Bring Me The Horizon created an undeniably memorable track with powerful vocal hooks that gained mainstream appeal.

In January of 2024, Bring Me The Horizon released their latest track, "Kool-Aid" which takes an attractive middle ground between alternative rock and metal. With distant guitar chugs, screaming, and two brutal breakdowns with screeching guitars, the song displays heavy metal sections while maintaining an electro-rock sound filled with catchy vocals.

What's Next For Bring Me The Horizon?

Bring Me The Horizon is one of the largest modern metal bands and has created a sound that has inspired a new generation of music. With an ever-changing sound and collaborations with huge pop and rap artists that are bringing metal to mainstream relevance, Bring Me The Horizon is leaving their mark on the music scene as a whole.

We are looking forward to seeing what comes next for Bring Me The Horizon and they are certainly a band that will be around for many years to come.

Is this your first time hearing about Bring Me The Horizon? Check out one of our favorite tracks, "Can You Feel My Heart"

Can You Feel My Heart - YouTube

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