Bring Me The Horizon is slowly making a name for themselves as the new kings of the British rock
and metal scene. After an impressive guerrilla marketing campaign led to a brilliant hype
surrounding the release ‘That’s The Spirit’, as well as multiple festival appearances – most notably
sub-headlining Metallica at Reading and Leeds – it has been a strong year for the Sheffield boys. I
was lucky enough to watch them at Reading, all the way from their hilarious ‘safety video’ through
to having the whole main stage echoing Drown, and got the chance to see them again in Birmingham
on Sunday night
Despite it being my fourth time seeing BMTH, I still get the same tingly feeling as I did the first time I
saw them, all the way back at Reading 2013, back on the ‘I’ve just finished my exams’ excitement.
Fast forward to us all cramming into a much smaller venue, the excitement was buzzing through the
queue despite the wind and the rain, with old and young BMTH fans ready to see their heroes up on
stage. After finally getting inside, we had a brief wait until the opening act came on – the brilliant
Neck Deep. The Wrexham pop-punkers, who are also having a storming year following the release of
their second full length album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’, came on stage for the second time that
day (there was also a matinee show in the same venue), but provided the same hyper energetic
shows that are slowly becoming synonymous with them. Opening on ‘Citizens of Earth’ the boys
made the crowd act as if they were on a trampoline. As they hurtled through their set featuring new
hits ‘Kali Ma’ and ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’ as well as old classics such as ‘What Did You Expect?’ and the beautiful ‘A Part of Me’, the sweaty buzz throughout the crowd simply intensified. Closing on
‘Over and Over’, the boys brought a brilliant end to the crowd warmup. Now it was time for the real thing.
After a hour or so break for water, slowly securing all personal belongings as much as you could, and
saying some brief goodbyes to your friends and loved ones, the lights once again dimmed and it was
time for BMTH to take the stage. As the opening notes of ‘Doomed’ rang through the academy a
chilled atmosphere took over the crowd, as the band slowly encouraged sing-alongs throughout the
room. Following ‘Doomed’ was another new song with a different tempo, ‘Happy Song’, my personal
favourite from the new album, which brought along some true, Oli-approved mosh pits that split the
room open. As if that wasn’t enough, just as the pits were swallowed up by the crowd, the wounds
were wrenched open again as ‘Go To Hell for Heaven’s Sake’ and ‘House of Wolves’, causing the loss
of much more bodily fluid.
With the next song comes an admittance from myself – I really didn’t think Oli would be able to
perform ‘Chelsea Smile’ properly as in my opinion it was a little weak at Reading. I love the band and
love Oli but really wasn’t sure if he was up to it. However, I was forced to eat my own words as he
tore his way through the song, nailing his cleans, high screams and brutal growls. Next up was
‘Throne’, a highlight of ‘That’s The Spirit’, with Oli adopting the iconic pose from the music video,
with his arms flared sideways, fingers curled into claws, mouth wrenched open in a vicious roar. The
ultimate fan favourite ‘Shadow Moses’ followed ‘Throne’, with the Oli’s screams of ‘THIS IS
SEMPITERNAL’ mixing heavily with the more popular ‘THIS IS SAND-PIT TURTLE’ from the fans. As
many fans discovered, ‘Shadow Moses’ is truly a stunning song for pits, with the amount of
opportunities provided with breakdowns throughout the song. ‘Sleepwalking’ again brought an
emphatic performance from the band, with Oli especially bouncing across the stage forcing the
already screaming fans to increase their screams by an octave or four. Another trip back to ‘That’s
The Spirit’ with ‘True Friends’ brought a rousing chorus of ‘FUCK YOU’ as encouraged by Oli’s speech
about being screwed over by your best friend.
‘Can You Feel My Heart’ opened with one of the best synchronised head bang sessions that I’ve ever
seen in a room of people. Something about the opening notes bouncing of every surface of the room
simply compels you to try and head-butt someone who maybe stabbed you in the front… Once that
undisputed fan favourite was over, it was time for ‘Antivist’. Yes, ‘Antivist’. The song that any BMTH
fan who has seen them live knows to expect in a set, and the song that has a reputation of being the
craziest three minutes you will ever have inside a music venue. Sticking to true fashion, Oli screamed
his desire for a circle pit, which was of course obliged by the adoring masses, and was then followed
up by a savage wall of death to close the song out.
Following a brief rest, giving fans time to run for water or attempt to find loved ones they hadn’t
quite lost this far into the set, the band returned to the stage and blasted their way through ‘Blessed
with a curse’, a rousing, heart striking anthem that yet again is a huge fan favourite. Finally, to close
the set, it was ‘Drown’. Despite the fact that the weight of crowd surfers was getting harder to hold
up, the barrier crowd stayed alive and were then rewarded for their commitment by getting
drowned in confetti. Once the confetti cannons were over, the crowd began to either head out or
search for a pair of keys. After managing to find my group, complete with shoes, we began to leave
and recalled all our personal highlights from the night, with stories of lost clothes, lost shoes, and
collectively being unable to talk about the unreal show that had just been put on by the mighty Bring
Me The Horizon. Any fans who haven’t seen one of their live shows, you should make it a priority to
be at their next tour or festival outing as not many bands hold the ability to keep fans so utterly
entertained through the entirety of their set; it won’t be long until they’re at the top of festival bills
so make sure your tickets are booked!
Words by Laurie Cromwell
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