BG does BMTH: Nine of the Best! Andy Smith, Hassan Ul-haq and Jazmine Codrington September 26, 2018 Music 321 With the announcement of their ‘First Love‘ tour and upcoming sixth studio album ‘amo‘ due for release on January 11th, our team here at BG decided to pick some of our favourite Bring Me The Horizon jams and write some words about them! Here is what we said: ‘Shadow Moses‘: Arguably the biggest anthem on the seminal ‘Sempiternal‘ – I say arguably mainly because anthemic can be attributed to more songs on that album than not. Serving also as the title track for the album, with it’s heavy embedding of ‘sempiternal’ in the form of super powerful gang shouts in the hook. ‘Shadow Moses‘ encompasses a lot of what is great about Bring Me, and particularly how much I enjoy the ‘Sempiternal‘ album – the well executed melding of musical styles, the grand & empowering feel, the characteristic piercing screech of Oli, the crushing, unrelenting heaviness, the relatability, the composition and attention to detail – I mean how well do those angelic choir-like vocals accent the intro?? Most of all, I love the strength of the song, the self-admittal of “we’re going nowhere” that is vastly contradicted by the instrumental – the song is saying it is resigned to a stagnant fate, yet it is doing the opposite; breaking out of self-inflicted and perceived judgemental restrictions, to go further and persevere. – AS ‘Crucify Me‘: While still heavy as ever and hard as nails adhering to the well-known BMTH screeching, throat damaging roars, ‘Crucify Me‘ demonstrated the band’s desire to develop and evolve their sound – and what a shining example it is. Lights‘ pivotal feature allows pauses for breath amid mad, well structured audible violence for heavy ass singalong breakdowns that Bring Me have come to hone so well. The inclusion of Lights soothing vocal contribution and a slight dash of electronica editing applied to those vocals provides a very calming sonical juxtaposition to Oli Sykes‘ erratic screeches. But it works, so so well. This is a song to blast in the face of adversity, a reassuring number to recognise vulnerability only to take it in it’s stride and scream louder and stronger than before. – AS ‘Happy Song‘: The explosive energy this song musters is second to none, welding with the melodic chorus to achieve a volcanic effect. Some could lament the repetitive nature of the track, I simply revel in it’s catchy stranglehold upon thy ears. The hushed verse vocals act in a manner of drawing you in to listen closely, as if about to whisper something in your ear, before yelling ferociously the resolving chorus words without mercy. The comic notion that ‘happy songs’ have healing powers also tickles me, yet beholds a truth we can all attest to; music can and certainly does alter moods – “now don’t you feel, SO MUUCH BEETTTERRRR?!” – AS ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever‘:The song that could easily be described as the band’s first step into a more catchier path but sticking to the heavier and metalcore sound that was present on their second record ‘Suicide Season.’The opening lines while now are more associated with memes of past emo phases and used to describe situations that I dare not write about. The words of “Sleep is for the weak. And we will never rest, till we’re all fucking dead.” Those words stick with the listener and while it’s a dark and almost twisted look at a young life that wishes his life to end. The song is still a classic in the BMTH discography and one fans still look up to. – HUH ‘Sleepwalking‘:While a lot of my peers and friends got into the band through their earlier and more heavier work, it was this track that made me a fan of the Sheffield natives.For one I believe the use of electronics and much wider sound was first of all, showcasing the band that they can begin making and playing music that is a lot more radio oriented but also sticking to the roots of being a heavy track that is sprinkled throughout.The music video for the track also brings me back to a more simpler time. Watching the video when I was 15 really intrigued me, from the band playing in front of a crowd that are emotionless through to the narrative of the video that portrays the idea of sleepwalking through its painting inspired landscape. This is definitely one of the bands more high points. – HUH ‘Oh No‘:The band have so many brilliant tracks that end their albums. Whether it be ‘The Fox and the Wolf’ which ended ‘There is Hell, Believe Me, I’ve seen it. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret.’ with the metalcore and almost thrash metal sound, that contrasted the previous track ‘Blessed with a Curse’ or ‘Hospital for Souls’ which ended ‘Sempiternal’ on a cinematic sound and an optimistic one.‘Oh No’ does something brilliant as not only does it end the incredible ‘That’s the Spirit’ album the songs anti-dance inspired lyrics and its almost 90s sound makes it a standout and one that will be remembered fondly by fans for many years to come.Also that saxophone solo is probably one of the best gems of the record. It’s so good! – HUH ‘Follow You’:This track takes the idea of love being blind and encapsulates it almost perfectly. From the chaotic music video with the oblivious protagonist to the slightly more muted melody and instruments that make the song almost delicate until the chorus, ‘Follow You’ is a beautiful instance of juxtaposition. Softer vocals at times and lyrics that, like much of the ‘That’s the spirit’ album, display a vulnerability, the song is a standout amongst the BMTH collective, thus far. – JC ‘Can You Feel My Heart’:This is classic BMTH in that it perfectly combines screams, drums, and guitars into a harmonious yet still aggressive sound. The use of expletives to underline the desperation in the song works without sounding angsty (I’m looking at you, previous albums) and the poignant lyrics “I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim” has made this song a classic to fans of both the old and new sounds – a title well deserved. – JC ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’:Something that BMTH have mastered is the art of taking their time. Not all songs with guitar need to be fast paced and punchy to make an impression. ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’ is slow and building, not speeding up until well after the halfway mark and, even then, the pacing doesn’t change drastically. The musical arrangement is thought out, the lyrics are hard hitting without relying on riffs and fast drumming to make a statement and the song truly displays the skill this bands possesses. – JC Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.