With countries like Norway and Germany known for the unique brutality and darkness of their metal bands, some people are finding it hard to believe that one of the most popular and heavy metal bands around is from England. Their style is one that has only emerged in recent years called deathcore, which is a combination of death metal and metalcore that leads to a lightning fast speed and a harder sound than mere metalcore. The band's latest album, There is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, has done impressively in the mainstream music scene, with many critics praising the record. Fresh off a winter tour with Architects, both bands have announced more European tour dates in 2011, beginning this summer.
Bring Me the Horizon formed in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK circa 2004 and currently consists of Oliver Sykes (lead vocals, keyboards), Lee Malia (lead guitar), Matt Kean (bass), Jona Weinhofen (rhythm guitar), and Matt Nicholls (drums). The group played local shows for years and gained a small following before becoming the first band signed to Thirty Days of Night Records. The label released their debut EP, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, in 2004 to positive feedback. The album did well enough for BTMH to play tour dates more extensively around England. Frequent concert dates combined with MySpace exposure began to spread word of Bring Me the Horizon across the UK, and did so with a repertoire of only four songs.
In 2006, Bring Me the Horizon's debut LP, Count Your Blessings, hit stores in the UK. The album received mostly favorable reviews and is considered BMTH's heaviest album to date. The success of the album allowed the group to play tour dates in parts of Europe beyond the UK and, with the new album in tow, Bring Me the Horizon was making themselves even more well known. The exposure was nothing compared to the success they'd experience upon the release of their 2008 album, Suicide Season. The album flushed out BMTH's now hugely popular deathcore sound that has been applauded by critics as well as gaining the group more exposure on major tour dates.
While Suicide Season brought Bring Me the Horizon slight fame overseas, it's their latest album that has most of the world talking. Suicide Season achieved a popular sound that is expanded upon in There is a Hell, featuring more elaborate song structures and a melodic, classical sound. Critics have praised the album for the bold yet improved evolution of BMTH's sound, while most fans have embraced the band's new direction. Projects for 2012 include the Vans Warped Tour and some quality time back in the studio in summer to work on their fourth album. Make sure to demand them and check Eventful to see if they're coming to your area!
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