British rock band, Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) debuted in 2003 as a metalcore band, producing albums with screaming vocals accompanied by heavy instrumental work. They’ve released a total of five albums and one EP, but their most recent album, That’s The Spirit which dropped on September 11, 2015, has completely changed the game.
In 2013, vocalist Oli Sykes stated that he would no longer be screaming due to personal reasons. It was no longer the direction he wanted to pursue with his music. On March 29, 2013 they released Sempiternal as their first album that did not showcase his screaming abilities. Sempiternal came as a shock to fans because of the sudden change in the band’s sound. It received mixed reviews, but overall it was accepted very well, leaving fans craving more of this new, lighter side of BMTH.
Following in Sempiternal’s footsteps, That’s The Spirit has a pop-rock vibe to it. This is the second album that showcases Oli’s clean vocal abilities and his departure from screaming. Though his vocals are still grungy, they hold a tone that reflects the emotion delivered through his lyrics. This new album has drawn fans in and given them an appreciation for the new sound BMTH is reaching for.
The songs on this new album are very versatile; no two sound the same. While some tracks venture into “radio-friendly” territory, That’s The Spirit overall stays true to BMTH’s alternative rock roots. It gives people what they prefer yet all the songs are enjoyable.
- Alternative Press
Before the album was released, Bring Me The Horizon teased fans with two unique singles, hinting at what the album might sound like.
In “Happy Song” Sykes sings “Let’s all sing along a little goddamn louder to a happy song and pretend it’s all okay,” with guitars exploding all around, only making the suggestion more appealing.” state’s Alternative Press in their own review of That’s The Spirit.
“Throne” has an edge that new and old fans crave. The compelling synth line lures you in as the song bursts into a massive chorus that fills your chest with adrenaline. There is a resemblance to old Linkin Park, which illustrates how it combines synth with a wall of guitars.
This album may not appeal to day-one fans because of the drastic change, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The lyrics are relatable, the music is addicting, and it’s an album that deserves high recognition because of how dramatically different it is. That’s The Spirit is available now everywhere. Get your hands on a copy and really listen to it; it could become one of your all time favorite albums in a matter of 10 minutes.