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Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit album review (published in Metro, Sep 2015)

BRING ME THE HORIZON
THAT'S THE SPIRIT (RCA)
*** out of 5

The Steel City of Sheffield has, Def Leppard aside, strangely underperformed in producing Metal. Until, that is, Kerrang! favourites Bring Me The Horizon, who are steadily ascending from the deathcore underground to the mainstream (million-selling albums, arena-filling tours and the Radio 1 playlist). BMTH aren't the first band to strike gold by blending metal with electronic beats (hello Enter Shikari, hello Pendulum), but they're on course to be the biggest. Their crucial recruit, in pursuing this, has been keyboardist Jordan Fish, who co-produces That's The Spirit and introduces synth atmospherics which provide respite from Lee Mallia's crunching guitars. Lyrically, leader Oli Sykes follows a loose theme of fighting your way through depression: lines like “You make me want to slit my wrists and play in my own blood” and “What doesn't kill you... makes you wish you were dead” are guaranteed to connect with angst-ridden teens, even if the softening of the BMTH sound will have metallers shaking, rather than banging, their heads.

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