Bring Me The Horizon’s amo Shoots Down Genre Boundaries

Bring Me The Horizon has assured fans to expect nothing familiar with every coming record, especially ever since the release of Sempiternal and That’s The Spirit. Hence, the surprise of the new electro-pop style on amo comes as no particular surprise to anyone, except the two guys still Praying for Plagues at the back of the gig.

However, the extent of the pop influence was something that took even me aback. amo sounds like the lovechild of That’s the Spirit, Post Malone, and one more guy adding extra synth. Indeed, the electronic elements are prevalent throughout the record. As a metal fan with a certain preference for the older albums, the tracklist is the definition of mixed feelings, but several listenings have brought me to appreciate the new style.

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Standouts include the pleasantly surprising collaboration with Dani Filth, “wonderful life.”

This track single-handedly (pun intended) defines the new album and tells the listener what to expect from the upcoming release, and features Cradle of Filth member Dani Filth, almost as a callback to their roots. The addictive riff meshes well with Oli Sykes’ well-developed clean vocals, the synth only making the song catchier than it was. Filth’s rough whispers provide flavourful contrast, bringing the song to a well-rounded whole.

Apart from “wonderful life,” the first single “MANTRA,” “medicine,” and “sugar honey ice & tea” are some of the best tracks on the album. I do form a preference to these as more elements of their roots in heavier music remain prevalent. BMTH excels at combining pop and electronic features with such traces, hence shining through in these tracks. “nihilist blues” did not particularly impress me, but seems to be a popular number, so there’s that.

All in all, the album is… a good album. Certainly not bad or unlistenable. Enjoyable, even. But if you expect to hear some good old Suicide Season rawness, amo is definitely NOT for you.

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