Ever since 2015, with the release of ‘That’s The Spirit’ by Bring Me The Horizon, their style has progressively changed from their Metalcore roots to a more mainstream and less aggressive style.
Every release has pushed the boundaries of what they can get away with, the last release ‘Amo’ back in 2019 seemed to lean more toward a Pop and Hip Hop style of writing. This shift in sound and tone has turned them into one of the best British rock bands out there in my opinion.
But their new EP called ‘Post Human: Survival Horror,’ made everyone curious as to what they might come up with next. You would be remiss if you don’t think this was a release from the early years of Bring Me to the Horizon, with it being more aggressive and to the point.
Oli Sykes, standing in an interview with Music Feed said ‘We’ve definitely taken a little bit more influence from things we did quite a few years ago, Whereas now we’ve got something to be angry about, we’ve got something to be pissed about, we’ve got something to make violent music to’.
As a whole, the styles within the EP were all over the place, but in a good way. With a mix of the old metalcore roots like with Dear Diary, a straight-up metalcore track great for the purists among fans.
And tracks like Parasite Eve and Teardrops bringing new elements to the mix with more on the pulse with angry energy and catchy hooks that will have you singing them for days, Teardrops particularly standing out its energy and passion.
There is a lot of special guest such as YUNGBLUD on Obey, whose vocal really brought something new and enhanced everything tenfold. BABYMETAL on Kingslayer, which was also great and made the chorus more catchy than it had any right to be. On 1×1, Nova Twins vocal performance mix it up and yet again give something new to the sound and has hopefully given them a platform and garnered them fans of other genres.
But for me, it was Amy Lee from Evanescence that made the biggest impact with ‘One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be in Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death,’ which is a beautiful slow ballad with Amy taking the lead. It wouldn’t be out of place in a Broadway musical and the track leaves you with tears in your eyes.
Tone-wise they explored a deep philosophy called post-humanism which the EP has aptly named after.
‘The idea behind POSTHUMAN is looking at how we’ve stepped out of evolution and the food chain. If we can do that, then we can take responsibility for what we’ve done to the planet and become something better than what humans are right now,’ explained Oli Sykes in an interview with NME.
With this in mind, you can see how the EP explores this theme, with some cool video game references sprinkled throughout. Dear Diary and Kingslayer which refer to Resident Evil and Call of Duty respectively and Ludens which was written for a game Death Stranding: Time falls.
Teardrops and Obey look at addiction to technology and oppression from our leaders whereas 1×1 is about the guilt of what society has done to other people. Oli Sykes and Bring Me to the Horizon going all out to really explore what post-humanism is all about.
So many outstanding tracks on one EP has surely risen expectations and made fans excited for their next release!