Sheffield titans Bring Me The Horizon continued their creative journey with the release of their chart topping, sixth studio record ‘amo’ earlier this year, which has seen the band further develop their metalcore origins into an electronica pop-rock sound.
After 15 years of critically acclaimed music and countless shows throughout the country, the band are taking the big leap up to festival headliners with a slot at London’s All Points East festival. Each year, the BRITs team up with O2 for a week of intimate shows in support for charity War Child.
When frontman Oliver Sykes ruptured a vocal chord before the February show, it was rescheduled to a couple days before their aforementioned debut festival headline set as the perfect warm-up opportunity. Tonight, 500 fans are treated to a close up and personal preview to the band’s biggest ever show.
After a provoking message from representatives of War Child, and a huge cheer for the announcement that this collection of shows has raised half a million pounds for the charity, the lights dim and two masked men with military style guns take to either side of the stage. A video backdrop mood lights the room for anticipation of Bring Me The Horizon.
No surprises when the music to ‘amo’ lead single ‘Mantra’ kicks in and the masked intruders spray The Dome with smoke to accompany the stage theatrics. The band’s modern classic sounds as ace as you’ve heard it on the radio over the last few months, and invokes a mosh pit during the bridge to set up the end chorus perfectly.
An immediate change of pace throws the crowd straight into a rare appearance of ‘Count Your Blessings’ favourite ‘Pray For Plagues’, which keeps the old school deathcore fans in the room dancing away before they quickly stand to attention to eat out of the palms of Sykes hands during the chorus of ‘House Of Wolves’. Have Bring Me The Horizon gone soft? Not tonight. We’re even treated to a more than life-size video of Cradle Of Filth vocalist Dani Filth for his cameo in ‘Wonderful Life’.
A tongue-in-cheek look at both positive and negative reviews of ‘amo’ graces the screen until the band return to the stage after a brief intermission for Sykes to bellow “We will never sleep, ’cause sleep is for the weak!” to cause a ruckus for oldie ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. The Steel City band are proving that their eclectic and extensive back catalogue can rival anyone’s when songs like ‘Shadow Moses’ and ‘Happy Song’ are churned out back-to-back.
Sykes spends some time talking about when the band first started, and that they wanted to make music that people could mosh to, but after ‘Sempiternal’ was released in 2013, they were approached by fans who told them that their music changed their lives. Since then, they’ve wanted to make music that will change the lives of people who care, and the following acoustic rendition of ‘Sleepwalking’ has those people up on each others’ shoulders for the entire song. A sharp riff from Lee Malia greets us to the great ‘Sugar Honey Ice & Tea’ that gets the band smiling, but the crowd are ever so more pumped for the sing-along in ‘Follow You’ that closes the set.
Not for the first time tonight, there are gasps of amazement when a song kicks in. This time, ‘Suicide Season’ rager ‘Chelsea Smile’ does the honours and even has the crowd shouting for more of the same, to which Sykes teases that they’ll play ‘(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa’, but follows it up with a very clear “Fuck off….”.
A few minutes pass in an attempt to overcome some technical issues, but to no avail, so it’s announced that it’ll be acoustic or nothing for the end of the encore. An unplanned acoustic interpretation of ‘Drown’ is another decent surprise for the lucky ballot winners in the room, who even get the pleasure of being seriously up close and personal with Sykes as he spends the whole of the remaining set within the sea of people in the center of The Dome.
Tonight truly shows that Bring Me The Horizon can cater for everyone with their array of genre bending music, and that they can do it without being too shy to delve into every corner of that spectrum during a special intimate night.
If you would like to find out more about War Child and donate to the cause, check out their official website for more information (here).