Review by Nicole DiBenedetto

September 11, 2015 – Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit

UK rock band, Bring Me the Horizon have released their much anticipated album That’s The Spirit, and with it comes a bold, drastic change. The band has started to stray away from their metalcore roots and have transformed their sound into something a little poppier and rock based. The most notable change in the band’s sound includes the extensive use of synth/electronic sounds in tracks such as “True Friends”, “Run”, and “Oh No”. There are also more melodic, cleaner vocals from frontman Oli Sykes. The band has provided quite a few tamer tracks on the album as heard through “Doomed” and “Follow You”. Change sounds worrisome, however, Bring Me the Horizon have successfully crafted a catchy, diverse album that is sure to please listeners.

The album opens up with the ominous track “Doomed”. The beginning of the track features minimal instrumentation, using only synth, some percussion, and Sykes singing with a limited range so as to set the listener up for the explosive chorus. Once the chorus hits, the guitars roar and Sykes is heard using his signature melodic screams as he belts out “Come rain on my parade, ‘cause I want to feel it”. The first track provides samples of sounds such as the synth, melodic vocal lines, screams, and the heavy elements that the listener will be introduced to throughout the album.

BMTH were careful in mixing in synth/electronic elements with their rock sound. A track that displays this well is the fourth track “True Friends”. It starts out with vocals backed by a guitar using a repeated rhythm with almost the same three notes each time. After this short introduction, a full sounding set of synth strings alongside guitar, bass, and drums comes in to introduce the verse where almost everything but guitar drops out momentarily to introduce the catchy vocal melody. The pre-chorus brings the familiar synth strings which stay through the chorus. The strings bring a new, powerful element to the track, which helps to emphasize the energy being put forth as the listener is warned that “True friends stab you in the front”.

The most surprising track on the album is definitely the last track “Oh No”. Preceded by the rather heavy track “Blasphemy”, the listener is thrown in a totally different direction. It is the most “far out” in terms of familiarity in sound. The track features no screams from Sykes at all. It is also the most pop styled track on the album. Several times throughout the track, especially after the last vocal line in the chorus, backing vocals of “oh”s appears and helps to propel the lighthearted nature of the song. The last thirty seconds of the song is spent with a few changing, longer held chords before it tapers off to silence. That’s The Spirit is certainly unlike anything the band has done before and is worthy of a listen if you’re looking for something unique.

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