Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit (Album)

Bring Me The Horizon are a band renowned for reinventing themselves time and time again with each release they put out there, and their newest release That's The Spirit certainly doesn't break that trend. The band showcase a more refined sound than ever before, destined to appeal to an absolutely mammoth audience, and certain to propel them to brand new heights.

Opening track Doomed begins with an avalanche of white noise, muddled vocals and heavy breathing which likely resembles that of a seasoned Bring Me The Horizon fan upon playing this album for the first time. Oliver Sykes' vocals are more polished than we've ever experienced, yet the hardened edge that's become so familiar is definitely not missing. The brooding electronics bear down on the reverberating guitars and create an atmosphere of sheer anticipation and excitement for what's left to follow.

Happy Song is just one of a few tracks which Bring Me The Horizon treated fans to early, and was the first taster of this album when it was first played on Radio 1 back in July. It's an anthemic example of the way in which the band are bridging the gap between the inexperienced metalheads they were a decade ago, and this new, more polished example of that same band. A band which the mainstream circles are beginning to take notice of. It's been a slow but effective transformation which Bring Me The Horizon sampled with the release of Can You Feel My Heart, teased a little more when showing us Drown, and now Happy Song is the final nail in the coffin. The evolution is complete. 

Throne and True Friends are further tracks we were treated to before the release of the album, yet they each have their own very definitive sound. Throne is an absolutely huge anthem to solidify Bring Me The Horizon amongst the highest of rock royalty. It's a track written solely for the arena environment, and given that the band have just sold out four mammoth venues in the UK in a matter of days, fans will be in for a treat when they undoubtedly throw this into the set. True Friends, on the other hand, simply demands radio play from the outset. With its mainstream-friendly hooks and catchy chorus, prepare to hear this everywhere you go.

Follow You dials down the pace, with a haunting, twinkling introduction and a steady beat. Sometimes it can be difficult to garner the inspiration behind Sykes' lyrics. With their previous release Sempiternal having focused so centrally on his personal demons, struggles and nightmares, it's a refreshing change to hear such lyrical diversity on this album. Follow You is a little bit of an anomaly to this development however, with many fans speculating it's another track about his battle with addiction. 

What You Need springs some obscure negativity on us with lyrics such as "You make me wanna kill myself just for the fucking fun." On face value it could be interpreted as an incredibly pessimistic offering, but the upbeat tempo, aggressive vocal and outstanding accompanying vocals from Jordan Fish ensure the track leaves the listener feeling nothing but energised.

Drown, which almost every Bring Me The Horizon fan will have heard before, has been re-recorded and slotted in later on the album. Most may not notice the differences, but on a close listen it's much more polished, there's an edgier tone to Sykes' vocal and it flows well with the rest of That's The Spirit.

Blasphemy drops the tone, and the octave in which the song has been written in automatically gives it a darker, more haunting effect. The reverberating riffs which echo in almost silence are eerily perfect and despite Sykes' ratio of screaming to singing being far off any of their prior releases, he manages to inject malice into the delivery of his lyrics, so cold it sends shivers down the spine. Blasphemy is a phenomenal twist in the plotline of That's The Spirit. 

Hearing saxophones on a Bring Me The Horizon record is an incredibly unexpected further twist, but surprisingly it works impeccably well on closing track Oh No. Oliver Sykes showcases his new vocal style with a confidence and finesse that would suggest he's been performing in this way for years. The track, which is longer than any other on the album, closes the album in such a way that leaves us knowing this is only the beginning for the new version of this incredible rock band.

With several increasingly successful releases under their belt, it was a bold move for Bring Me The Horizon to step outside of their comfort zone. That's The Spirit is the type of record not released by many bands, a new offering with a developed sound, forging a path through their future that no-one could have predicted back in 2006 upon the release of Count Your Blessings.