Since forming as a band in 2004, Bring Me The Horizon has gone through quite a few changes
when it came to the sound of their music, but despite that, their message never changed. The
rock/metal band consisting of Oliver Sykes (vocals,) Matthew Nicholls (drums,) Matt Kean
(bass,) Lee Malia (guitar,) and Jordan Fish (programming and keys,) has always had music based
on hope and not caring what other people think, no matter hard that is.
One of my favorite Bring Me The Horizon songs is “True Friends” off of That’s The Spirit. One
of my favorite lyrics aside for the song’s chorus are, “So how dare you / Try and steal my flame
/ Just cause yours faded / Well hate is gasoline / A fire fueling all my dreams / I'm afraid you
asked for this.”
To me those lyrics stand for power. Power of not letting someone else control your emotions
just because they felt that it was okay to hurt you. When Sykes says, “I’m afraid you asked for
this,” I feel like the person didn’t think he could do any harm to them, because of how “nice” of
a person he was in their eyes. For me, that’s relatable because I feel like I’m a nice person, but I
can fight my own battles too. Sometimes all a person needs is a good song to remind them how
strong they really are or can be.
Back in 2012 frontman Oliver Sykes successfully completed rehab for his addiction to the drug
Ketamine, a drug that takes away its users from reality, causing hallucination and distorted
perception. Those experiences are what helped the band write Sempiternal.
In an interview with radio.com in 2014, Sykes explained, “I was on it [Ketamine] for years. My
band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me, my brother wanted to kill me, everyone
waned to take me to hell but they didn’t. They stood by me, they supported me through all that
Sykes also shared with Alternative Press in 2014 that rehab helped him, but he still didn’t
believe everything they said.
"They tell you ‘it’s a disease, that’s bollocks. It’s not a disease, it’s a self-inflicted proble. It’s
offensive to people with diseases to claim addiction is a disease. They said it would be a
struggle every day, that you’re an addict for the rest of your life. I’ve never looked back since I
got clean. I got clean for my family, my friends and my band. I didn’t get clean for God."
Then in a more recent interview with Revolver Mag, Sykes talked about how getting help
inspired songs off of Bring Me The Horizon’s newest album, That’s The Spirit.
“I wouldn’t call it ‘conceptual,’” Sykes explains, “but the whole album’s about the celebration of
depression, not saying, ‘Yeah, it’s a good thing to be depressed,’ but that it’s better to accept
depression rather than trying to block out the darkness. It’s about accepting it, accepting who
you are, and accepting what life is. Once you accept how shit life is, it’s actually quite fun.”
When it comes to Bring Me The Horizon’s music, you can think what you want. You can
believe being a vegan is a great thing, you can believe in God or choose not to believe in God.
“You can believe in what you want, if you want an imaginary friend that lives in the clouds
that’s fine,” Sykes said to Revolver Mag.
That’s just the type of band Bring Me The Horizon is, raw and brutally honest.
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Bring Me The Horizon fans from around the
world, and this is what they had to say.
Joshua Bossie | 37 | Connecticut - “My son and I are Bring Me The Horizon’s biggest fans in
Connecticut. I discovered BMTH a few years ago while battling alcohol addiction, the words
made sense and helped me through some dark times. It was like having a friend cheering me on.
Thanks BMTH for the words. By the way, still alcohol free and rocking out to BMTH every
Mohammad | 17 | Virginia - “I love bmth because their lyrics are so relatable and they help
people realize they're not alone.”
Sabrina | 20 | New Hampshire - “I love Bring Me the Horizon because their music came to me
when I was going through a really hard time. “Throne” basically became like my anthem and
without them I would not be here. “Throne” was the first song I ever heard by them, I'm a new
“I was driving and I heard it on the radio and I instantly related to it. I was going through a
rough time and the lyrics, "Every wound will shape me / Every scar will build my throne" really
resonated with me. For me it means that instead of taking all the negativity and going down a
path of self-destruction, using the negativity to fuel your fire and build you up to beat whatever it
is that you’re going through. Plus it's an absolutely killer song.”
Kat | 18 | South Jersey - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because they manage to get what I'm
feeling and put it into words. I can get out my frustrations with people using the song “Antivist”
or “House of Wolves.” I can get out my feelings of loneliness or sadness with “Drown” and
“Can You Feel My Heart.” “Hospital For Souls” breaks through my numb shell. “Happy Song”
tells others how I feel about their opinions on depression management. I also love how the band
doesn't do things that labels tell them to. They do what they think is right and it usually is.”
Maddie Hale | 13 | Merseyside, England - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because of the depth
of the lyrics. People class their music as "just noise" but when you listen, they have lyrics that
can shatter a heart. Honestly, my favourite is “Drown.”
Rasmus | 18 | Denmark - “Why do I love Bring Me The Horizon? They scream the pain away
when I can't get to say anything. They give me something good to focus on, and when I’m at
their concert, I see that I'm not alone in my own war, because we're all together, including the
Madhu | 17 | Singapore - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because their music is raw and
impactful. It’s not sugar-coated lyrics and fake realities. I can empathize with their music
easily. Plus their sound is great.”
Marina | 15 | Florida - “I got into Bring Me The Horizon years ago. They have been the only
band that I related to and the band that has changed with me through the years. I loved their first
album all the way to That's The Spirit. Seeing them in concert was one of the greatest
experiences in my life.”
Luana | 15 | Portugal - “I really like the band, they're cool as fuck and the songs basically tell
the story of my life. My little depressions, my little conflicts, my little everything. Best band
Gwen McMillan | 18 | Malaysia - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because their music is the kind
of music that saves lives. When I hear their songs, I can tell how much emotions and feelings
they put into their music, as well how much pain and suffering they've been through. I always
end up coming back to "Can You Feel My Heart" when I'm depressed and cry so fucking much
to it every time. That song is my fucking anthem. It is beautiful, memorable and important to
my heart and probably many other people. I wish all the best to the band.”
Marie | 15 | Germany - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because they helped me through a hard
time in my life and they're always cheering me up in some way. I love their old and new music,
because it just doesn’t matter what type of music they do. It's always awesome, like how do they
do that? Also I was really happy that I had the opportunity to see them in concert last year and
will see them again in April. They’re my favourite band and I hope they continue to do music!”
Samantha Albano | 21 | California - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because I can relate to their
music on how I feel, and know it’s okay to feel that way.”
Mel Hotrock | 16 | Indiana - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because Oliver expresses lyrics that
a lot of teens out there can relate to and can understand.”
Patricia Hrenic | 15 | Germany - “I love Bring Me The Horizon because their lyrics mean a lot
to me. I would be dead if they weren't there, because at one point in my life I didn't kill myself
because I wanted to go to at least one of their concerts. Seriously. I'm extremely thankful for
Never forget that there’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person,
we love you.
Has Bring Me The Horizon helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in
the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
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