Currently embarking on a sold-out arena tour in North America, rock band Bring Me The Horizon are touring in support of their genre-blurring album amo. While we liked the record, it’s one that’s a bit polarizing across the board – though it’s just how the band likes it. The new record explores elements of EDM, electropop, and more without sounding anything that’s not BMTH, and while not every experiment works, it’s for this reason that the new album is the band’s first number 1 record to date.
On January 25th the legendary band Bring Me The Horizon, whose been around for 15 years released their latest album Amo. It was also the same night they took over the CFE Arena in Orlando, FL for night two of their North American leg of the “First Love” world tour, and our photojournalist Savannah Rowley was there to capture all the action. With supporting acts Fever 333 and Thrice, this was one night we won’t forget.
Starting the night off was Fever 333 featuring frontman Jason Butler, previously known in the band Letlive; and damn the band really knew how to put on a show. Playing familiar songs such as “Made in America”, “Burn It” and “Trigger” – once Butler got into the crowd, he spoke about their song “Made in America” and how it relates politically to today’s society, as well as keeping the safety of their fans a main priority, including a shoutout to all the women in the arena that night.
Next up was Thrice, well known for their songs “Only Us”, “Hurricane”, and “The Earth Will Shake” the band continued the night with full-fledged rock while anticipated fans waited for Bring Me The Horizon to take the stage.
Lastly, the band everyone was waiting to see, Bring Me The Horizon took the stage. Opening with “i apologise if you feel something” off their latest album Amo, they dove into their hit single “Mantra” followed by Sempiternal‘s “House of Wolves.” The band continued to play hits off of their latest album Amo such as “Wonderful Life” and “Medicine”, including a first live performance of “Nihilist Blues.” They played popular songs off Sempiternal and That’s the Spirit such as “Sleepwalking”, “Can You Feel My Heart” and “Doomed.” The whole time you could see the smile on Oliver Sykes face as he sang into the crowd. I believe this is the band’s happiest time and they can only go up with their latest album release and this tour.
Overall what an amazing show, you definitely don’t want to miss this tour when it comes through your area. You can buy tickets to upcoming shows here. We can’t wait till these bands come back!
Bring Me The Horizon’s ascension from deathcore/metalcore youngsters to a confident act that straddles the line between pop, rock, and influences from a few other genres is at the very least, interesting. While we enjoyed the record quite a bit, the polarizing reaction to the record so far seems to be exactly what Bring Me The Horizon – specifically vocalist Oliver Sykes – desired.
While it has to be incredibly nerve-wracking to unleash such a different album (again!) to a fanbase that might not embrace it right away (or at all), BMTH have never been bigger. As the band’s headlining tour with Thrice and The Fever 333 gets underway, Oliver Sykes surely feels the pressure and weight of expectations, and in a recent Instagram post, had plenty to say about the new record, as well – while not discouraging those who may not be into the record no matter what.
Bring Me The Horizon – ‘amo’ (9.5/10)
Bring Me The Horizon have been on a rocket of a journey over the last few years, selling over 2 million albums globally to date, playing sold-out shows in over 40 countries, including two sold out nights at London’s O2 -along with wowing a traditionally non-rock crowd at Glastonbury Festival in 2016. They have gone from a small deathcore band, to global heroes within the rock community, and they go from strength to strength – only getting bigger and better. Poised now to release their sixth studio album entitled ‘amo’, the band have spent the summer writing and recording in Los Angeles, with Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish handling production. What has transpired is one of their most exhilarating, genre-blurring albums to date from the singles we have heard thus far.
Oli adds: “amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before.” Continue reading