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REVIEW: Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon performing in Leeds Credit: PA Images

Casual observers might not have heard of Bring Me The Horizon before, despite the band being forged in Sheffield in 2004. They’ve only begun to sneak on to radio charts in the last few years.

The sound on upcoming album ‘Amo’ is drastically different to the one the group made their name with in the early days in the steel city’s clubs. But their trajectory was always headed in this direction. They have always made a point of saying they want to be the catchiest and heaviest artist in the mainstream.

By bringing in keyboard player and backing vocalist Jordan Fish in 2013, Bring Me The Horizon began moving towards the sound they have now consolidated. That shift was apparent on Saturday night in Leeds. From the opening of their set with the first single from ‘Amo’, Mantra, the band stuck mainly to hits from breakthrough records ‘Sempiternal’ and ‘That’s The Spirit’.

The early material gets a run out in the form of a medley, something which some of their newer fans will probably have struggled to grasp how the chart topping group formed from such aggressive beginnings.

Frontman Ollie Sykes has always been the star turn, and there’s little to suggest otherwise in their live act. From the moment the band walk out on stage, Sykes, covered head to toe in tattoos and dressed in a manner that says he knows he is at the helm of one of the most in demand acts in the world. He has the crowd in the palm of his hand for the evening, and as far as homecoming gigs go, the reception is deafening.

Musically the band are tight and polished, from years on the road, and now hitting the heights of the country’s biggest venues and festivals.

Bring Me The Horizon stand on the cusp of something big. As the confetti slowly settles and the ears of a satisfied crowd ring to the final notes of anthem ‘Throne’ on Saturday night in Yorkshire - it feels like the boys from Sheffield are ready to take on the world.

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