Bring Me The Horizon have been one of the most fascinating bands to follow over the last 15 years; who would have thought that the fresh-faced, fringe-laden deathcore band popular on Myspace in 2005 would go on to play The Royal Albert Hall with an entire orchestra, headline arenas and become one of the biggest bands in the world?
While BMTH's sound has seen a gradual shift towards more accessible, arena-friendly anthems with each passing release, it's not until you listen to their latest album amo and then their earliest record Count Your Blessings back to back that you realise how shockingly different they've become over time.
Perhaps the most surreal embodiment of this is when recently the band busted out some of their super old deathcore songs in front of 10,000-odd people at an arena in Birmingham, some of whom weren't old enough to walk when the tracks were released all those years back.
It's now 2019, and with Bring Me The Horizon's eclectic sixth full-length record amo now out, we're going to take a closer look at each of their full-length records and rank them from worst to best. Let's jump in!
6. Count Your Blessings (2006)
Bring Me's first album Count Your Blessings wasn't exactly anything extraordinary. Offering some tight but cookie-cutter deathcore - a genre which was exploding in popularity at the time, this record pissed off a lot of metal purists but gained them a legion of younger fans thanks to their perfectly-executed scene aesthetic and popularity on Myspace.
The production on this thing is pretty heinous by today's standards, but it's got some pretty good musicianship considering the guys were still teenagers when it came out. Unfortunately, it (along with the entire deathcore genre) just hasn't aged well, but there are still some bangers on here which are good for a big blast of nostalgia if nothing else!
5. That's The Spirit (2015)
By 2015, Bring Me The Horizon had made it pretty clear they were distancing themselves from ultra-heavy music, and their fifth album That's The Spirit was just hard evidence. The record completely divided their fan base by taking the pop influence from Sempiternal and pushing it even further to create songs which received a colossal amount of mainstream airplay. To date, songs from the album have been collectively streamed over a billion times on Spotify (that's not a typo) and have shot BMTH's popularity into the stratosphere.
It's not a bad album by any means, and there are a few excellent tracks to spin like 'Drown' and 'Throne', but as a whole it fell short, unable to strike the same perfect balance of melody and aggressiveness that Sempiternal did.
4. Suicide Season (2008)
Suicide Season is arguably the most important release in the band's discography, as it marked the start of their journey away from deathcore and towards what they have become today.
After touring Count Your Blessings relentlessly and building their hype to boiling point, fans were pleasantly surprised with a record that oozed with more variety and depth than anything they had put out previously. The change to a melodic metalcore sound worked wonders for the band, allowing them to gain a bunch of new fans without alienating their old ones.
JJ Peters (Deez Nuts, ex-I Killed The Prom Queen) and Sam Carter (Architects) also delivered some great features on 'Football Season Is Over' and 'The Sadness Will Never End'.
3. amo (2019)
If there's anything that Bring Me The Horizon are good at, it's rustling a massive amount of jimmies. amo is the newest effort from Bring Me The Horizon, and it's their most polarising collection of songs to date. Those who have heard it already will know exactly what we mean; it's a shift almost entirely away from heavy music (apart from 'MANTRA' and 'Wonderful Life'), instead exploring a wide range of electronic and pop influences which fans seem to either love or hate.
The track 'Heavy Metal' seems to acknowledge this directly, with Oli vehemently spitting the lines "'cause a kid on the 'gram said he used to be a fan / but this shit ain't heavy metal". Whichever side of the fence you fall on, amo is the mark of a band daring enough to try something different, and it's a very well-constructed record for those who are open to let it grow on them.
Songs such as the aforementioned singles still pack plenty of catchy riffs for those who need something a little bit thicker, while tracks like 'medicine' have some great pop hooks that will stick with you for days.
2. There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. (2010)
Bring Me's fourth album expanded significantly on the metalcore sound found in Suicide Season, taking the genre to places it had never seen through the use of symphonic, electronic and choral elements. Produced by the legendary Fredrik Nordström in Gothenburg, There Is A Hell... ended up being their most dark and atmospheric collection of songs to date.
The record received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, even hitting #1 on the ARIA Charts upon its release. It was also the only album to officially include I Killed The Prom Queen's Jona Weinhofen on guitar, who really left his mark on both the record and BMTH's history.
Between the heaviness of tracks like 'Alligator Blood' and the airy ambience in 'Memorial', There Is A Hell... knows just when to pummel you over the head and when to give you a breather.
1. Sempiternal (2013)
Sempiternal is a benchmark album for both Bring Me The Horizon and metalcore in general. It represents the perfect meeting point of their chug-heavy songs from the past, and the pop elements which would continue to take over the sound moving forward, resulting in a sublime mix of heavy, catchy, beautiful and ugly.
It was the first record that the band had released since signing to a major label, and with a bigger budget they enlisted Terry Date (Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Incubus) to bring a massive, arena-filling sound to make every breakdown, chorus and ambient section completely glisten in your ears.
Worship keyboardist Jordan Fish assisted in the writing of the album, and then became a permanent fixture of the band following its release. Standout tracks include 'Go To Hell For Heaven's Sake', 'Shadow Moses' and 'Crooked Young', but there's nothing skipable on here at all.
Many bands over the last five or so years have tried to adapt Sempiternal's sound, but few have come close.
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