hmv.com reviews... Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Academy Bristol
The UK's trailblazing metallers Bring Me The Horizon lit up Bristol last week and we were there to see it...
Britain's most prominent and inventive metal act at the moment Bring Me The Horizon.
From the grand scale of some of the more recent shows this sees them in somewhat intimate settings at the Bristol Academy.
Any good supports?
Pop punkers Neck Deep get things going, with recent single 'Can't Kick Up The Roots' in particular getting the people pogoing and chanting along with them.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The young crowd tonight are either soaking from the rain waiting outside during the early hours of the morning or otherwise dripping in sweat from the sweltering heat inside. Any ounce of energy is placed into screaming every word or throwing themselves into the pits that open throughout.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Throughout the hour and a quarter set, they fill it with material from their most recent outings with only fleeting visits to the albums of past. 'Doomed' opens and long gone are the days of sporadic metalcore, this is sound of a band doing things their own way. It really wouldn't sound out of place in the fields of Glastonbury during this summer.
'Happy Song' is almost pop punk with the sing along cheerleader backing vocals were it not for the crushing riffs during the chorus. However things get a lot louder with a double hit of 'The House Of Wolves' and 'Chelsea Smile' in which Sykes demands for the place to be torn apart.
Audiences were initially divided when they first heard 'Throne' thinking it was maybe just a Linkin Park imitation, yet it now feels like it's own beast entirely. 'Shadow Moses' opens with the choral echoes taken from its Metal Gear Solid influence erupting into an assault of musicianship and pyros from the stage.
Before 'Can You Feel The Heart?' has started, a pit encompassing the majority of the room has already opened up. It's also the case with 'Antivist' where everyone has their middle fingers raised in the air ready for the song.
Chants of an encore prompt them to return with 'Blessed With A Curse', a perfect blend of melodic progression combined with lyrics that spit right out at you. Finishing with 'Drown' sees them at their least heavy and more tender in comparison to the rest of the set.
Whilst it ultimately feels a little short overall, it's mainly due to the fact that we are all wanting more. Several years ago people used to look at a band like Bring Me The Horizon and turn their nose up or even their bottles straight towards them. Right now they are headline material and we're sure few people would disagree with that.
Any good between song banter?
A lot of what frontman Oli Sykes says to the young crowd tonight is very NSFW, however there are many instances where he instructs the audience to cause mayhem which they do accordingly.
Did they put on much of a show?
The scale has obviously been stripped back from the larger shows played on the tour yet the smaller venue is still made to feel like an arena. A large screen that fills the back wall flashes up with the lyrics whilst smoke blares from the front. Even confetti is released during a finale of 'Drown', something that would never have been thought of in the band's early years...
What was the highlight of the set?
'True Friends' is absolutely huge and this is in no small part down to band member Jordan Fish and his input into the recent change of sound. From the backing vocals, to synths and classical elements it feels like a band at the height of their powers; able to tackle anything they wish.
Where can I catch them next?
This part of the UK tour is unfortunately over, however there are several European dates to play before the end of the year along with a few festivals in the summer. What is most exciting is a show for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a full live orchestra! There's a good chance that there will be another arena tour soon, so this will be the smallest place they will perform here for quite some time.
Bring Me The Horizon's new album That's The Spirit is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page.