Bring Me The Horizon are back! After a huge teaser campaign in which new songs and artwork were suggested and then leaked piece by piece, the Sheffield five piece have finally released what could easily be one of the most highly anticipated albums of the century so far in the form of That’s The Spirit. Spanning ten tracks in length, we’ll cut straight to the chase and tell you what you need to know now: This album is stunning and you need it in your life.
Right, if that wasn’t reason enough to get your hands upon a copy of this absolute gem, we should probably take a look at what makes it so fabulous.
Opening with ‘Doomed’, it is clear that, as with Sempiternal, a new direction is being pursued. Hell, you’d be more than excused for thinking that this was the opening to a new release from the likes of Nero or Sub Focus. Electronic pulsations crescendo their way over the top of sparse drum rhythms, vocals eerily creep their way in until this pot boils over and bursts in the most perfect way. There’s more drama on offer here then a whole year’s worth of Eastenders omnibuses – the main difference being that here, the drama isn’t a load of shit- it’s clear that this is music intended for stadiums and my oh my, we cannot wait to hear it.
Followed straight up by second single ‘Happy Song’ – if you haven’t heard that already, you’ve clearly been hiding out – there’s almost a touch of the nineties in it’s riffery. This, combined with massively over the top production and a chest-tightening sense of urgency makes for a delicious cocktail of sing-along worthy metal. Let’s just hope this doesn’t become a karaoke night favourite. That would suck.
‘Drown’ follows shortly afterward. The single that nobody knew was going to be the single from a new album, released as if it were a farewell to the bands last tour – which culminated in a sold-out show at Wembley Arena at the end of 2014. Choirs of angelic voiced children and anthemic choruses really do pretty much band the last nail into the outfit’s metal-core beginnings, but all good thing must come to an end and this is one spectacular end.
Further along the line, ‘What You Need’ and ‘Blasphemy’ makes a more comfortable listen for those who have had the Sempiternal album on repeat since it’s release. The electronica takes a back seat to some slower paced, darker vibes. Both have a feeling that almost delves into the realms of desperation, as if to be taking a last-stand against an unknown evil. It would of been the perfect ending to an otherwise perfect album, but this honour of conclusion instead goes to ‘Oh No’. It’s strange that what feels like the only track that feels slightly out of place on here is the final note, with it’s almost Indie sounds adding clean guitars, long breaks of pure soundscape and possibly the cleanest vocal take front-man Oli Sykes has ever put to record. It’s not a bad track, in fact it shows yet another string to an already full bow, it just feels oddly placed here.
So, is that enough reason to get a copy now? If not, then there is no hope for you.