Bring Me The Horizon live in London: a spectacular cyber-punk circus


Sheffield’s alternative steelworkers, Bring Me The Horizon, have arrived in London on the last night of their POST HUMAN UK arenas tour. “Let me reintroduce the group,” says frontman Oli Sykes, as he teases his comrades with a roll call full of jokes. Matt Nicholls is called “Rotherham’s sixth best drummer”, guitarist Lee Malia “International Man Of Mexborough” and keyboardist Jordan Fish “fish fingers himself”. After some more banter, he concludes, “And last but not least, I’m your host Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon and we’re going to rock your world tonight. “

It seems fitting for Sykes to play such a fiery emcee as this latest live-action incarnation of BMTH looks like a traveling circus. With the band resplendent in brand-matching cream-colored costumes and backed by an all-around blockbuster production – cyborg dancers and all – it’s more than a rock show: it’s a high profile affair. Tonight, which Sykes tells us is the biggest title of their career, Bring Me is here to prove that they are the Big League group they have always threatened to become.

A cinematic orchestral soundtrack opens the proceedings before turning into a glitch-core rave. “Are you ready, London?” Sykes shouts before the band burst into the frenzied ‘tears’ emo of last year’s ‘POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR’ – the first of four EPs / mini albums from their ‘POST HUMAN’ project. “London, I haven’t seen a fucking mosh-pit in two years, so you know what I’m going to ask you,” the singer spits out, in the first of many requests to “open it” and ” push back “as the crowd unleashes 18 months of pent up energy.

The gnarled “MANTRA” follows, before the moshpits drop from “five out of 10” to full marks – according to Sykes – during “The House Of Wolves” from “Sempiternal” in 2013. With ‘Shadow Moses’ and’ Can You Feel My Heart ‘is as far back as it goes in terms of the old ones. The ensemble draws heavily on the rock arena of their latest records, in particular the day-glo cyberpunk and sci-fi pop of ‘amo’ and ‘SURVIVAL HORROR’.

The songs and production follow a post-apocalyptic narrative that seems quite relevant in 2021. Ahead of “Dear Diary,” a cage of screens lowers to warn of a virus outbreak that has consumed London. The song starts and zombie corpses begin to fall to the ground as if you’ve stepped into a bloody arcade shoot-’em-up. Dancers in hazmat suits arrive to throw dry ice into the arena for “Parasite Eve” before reminding us that for all the bells, all the whistles and the spice of Alton Towers, nights like these are meant to be a celebration to get to the other side of the pandemic. Or, as Sykes sings, “When we forget the infection / Will we remember the lesson? “

Bring me the skyline on stage at the O2, London. Credit: Conor McDonnell

To add to the sense of the occasion, recent NME Cover stars Nova Twins join the group for a raucous take on their “1 × 1” collaboration and punk prince YUNGBLUD comes out for a wild cover of “OBEY”. Bring me couldn’t really have brought more. For all the theatrical, awe-inspiring drama – almost bordering on Muse levels – it’s all about a sweaty club rock basement attitude and a sense of community.

Tonight was the moment when they proved they can make headlines in big venues and big festivals with the best of them. “It’s shit like that that makes me think we’re in a simulation,” Sykes says as the crowd roars, hailing the show as a “dream come true” for him and his pals to go from “nobody else.” children “to crush The O2. ” We are climbing. “

Bring me the skyline on stage at the O2, London.  Credit: Conor McDonnell
Bring me the skyline on stage at the O2, London. Credit: Conor McDonnell

Bring Me The Horizon performed:

‘Tears’

‘MANTRA’

“The house of wolves”

‘Medication’

‘Happy song’

“Ludens”

‘Dear Diary’

‘The day before the parasite’

‘Shadow Moses’

‘Wonderful life’

‘1 × 1’ (with Nova Twins)

‘DiE4u’

‘Kingslayer’

‘Follow you’

‘Walnut’

‘Obéy’ (with YUNGBLUD)

‘Throne’

‘Can you feel my heart’

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