Bring Me The Horizon’s amo is a gear change into even more experimental, genre-bending territory for the Sheffield band.
I APOLOGISE IF YOU FEEL SOMETHING is our entry point into amo. “It should never be a prison” is spoken by Oli, before the cinematic track starts to build with industrial screeching and droning.
MANTRA offered us our first teaser into what we could expect from amo last August. On reflection, the track holds a commanding presence, standing with the wider body of work on solid, proven ground. Just a few weeks ago, the track was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 61st Grammy Awards, marking the first time Bring Me The Horizon has been recognised.
NIHILIST BLUES is by-far the most daring track on amo. We open with a different kind of vocal performance from Oli – compared to what we’ve heard before – against a rumbling beat. Nihilist Blues is the kind of track which belongs at an underground EDM rave. Canadian-songwriter Grimes is a welcome presence, chanting “Paradise is in my soul and I’m terrified so I can’t get out” when we explode into a full-on rave at the two minute mark. In the closing moments, we return to the crowd chanting that was a prominent fixture on their last album That’s The Spirit. Nihilist Blues feels heavy in a different kind of way. A dance track at its core, with the sensibilities of rock.
IN THE DARK is destined for a lot of radio-play. We begin with a Ed Sheeran-style (yes I said it, Ed Sheeran-style) vocal performance singing “Don’t swear to God he never asked you, it’s not heart you drove a knife through”. Before long, we find ourselves in pop band territory. But it never feels half-baked. Four tracks in, four different styles, yet they are all delivered with complete conviction.
WONDERFUL LIFE is a personal favourite of mine. Arriving as a single just before Halloween last year, Oli Sykes delivers ‘stream-of-consciousness’-style lyrics before ratcheting up into an aggressive rock chorus. In the third verse, we’re joined by Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth.
OUCH serves as an interlude between Wonderful Life and Medicine. The track adds layer after layer – with incredible drum work – before exploding into absolute dance chaos.
MEDICINE was released at the beginning of the new year, accompanied by an unsettling CGI music video. The track features a mixture of electronic and radio-friendly elements, giving it all the formula it needs to be a pop hit.
SUGAR HONEY ICE & TEA takes us right back to the days of That’s The Spirit with deathcore screaming and throbbing beats.
HEAVY METAL is exactly not what you think it is. Combining rap and rock, the track is more ironic than anything. Poking fun at those complaining about the band’s stylistic changes: “some kid on the ‘gram said he used to be a fan but this shit ain’t heavy metal”. Heavy Metal features legendary American beatboxer Rahzel in his first appearance for three years.
Amo embraces everything that Bring Me The Horizon used to be, whilst stretching into new worlds and genres. In a way, the album tears apart the idea of genres. Who needs them anyway? Bring Me The Horizon clearly don’t.
Bring Me The Horizon’s amo will be released on Friday 25 January