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Top 12 Bring Me The Horizon tracks

Bring Me The Horizon have had a very interesting lifespan so far. In the 12 years they have existed, the band have released 5 studio albums, done countless tours all over the world and have been praised many times for their work. But, after all this time, what is their best songs? Well, after listening from COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS to THAT’S THE SPIRIT, I can bring you my list for the top 12 songs from one of the UK’s top bands of the 21st Century.

12.  ‘Sleepwalking’ from SEMPITERNAL

One of the singles from SEMPITERNAL, this song appealed to many straight away as having a greatly different style and edge to previous music from the band. Though not the best track, it certainly gets you thrashing once the guitars are at play.

11. ‘Pray For Plagues’ from COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

I know many will moan for saying I only picked one track from this album, but sadly I could not see a lot in this album that really stood out. This track though showed me what Bring Me The Horizon could be capable of and the Deathcore effort indeed sticks out for many people.

10. ‘Don’t Go’ from THERE IS A HELL…

One of the collaborations on the band’s third album, Oli Sykes proved that his rough, screaming vocals could work well with songstress Lights. The track was indeed a success in terms of combining music genres and paved the way for the band to do this more in the future.

9. ‘True Friends’ from THAT’S THE SPIRIT

The bands fifth album proved that their evolution is not slowing down. Continuing to create great tunes, ‘True Friends’ is one which probably brings a connection between band and listener. The thoughtful lyrics and gritty tones really strike a chord, and yet come out as more post-hardcore than metalcore.

8. ‘Chelsea Smile’ from SUICIDE SEASON

Though many were split on the album, there was still a few gems to find. ‘Chelsea Smile’ really packs a punch for the listener. This was also one of the first songs from the band that fans could actually sing along to, and still remains popular today at the live shows.

7. ‘It Never Ends’ from THERE IS A HELL…

A song which was a reflection of the inner demons of lead singer Oli Sykes, many can’t help but get engrossed in this fantastic song. The track received praise from many sources and even the bonkers music video is a sight to be seen.

6. ‘Blessed With A Curse’ from THERE IS A HELL…

A song which starts low-key and calm, the tone later shifts for another hard-hitting entry from the rockers. Truly this was a track which helped with the praise the band was to receive when it was released in 2010. Truly the best song from their work with Jona Weinhofen.

5. ‘Throne’ from THAT’S THE SPIRIT

Truly one of the biggest tracks from the band, the step in to the Nu-Metal territory was indeed a great one. The track really does provide much life to the soundtrack of 2015 and one for all the fans to easily pick up and scream along to.

4. ‘Antivist’ from SEMPITERNAL

Probably one of the songs closest to their roots on SEMPITERNAL, this track truly is an angry song which we can’t get enough of. Though not a single, it has developed a life of its own and has some of the best lyrics on the album. “You say I’m just a fool who stands for nothing, well to that I say you’re a ****”.

3. ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever’ from SUICIDE SEASON

Every band needs a song which all fans will know and will happily chant with the crowd. This song fits the bill perfectly. The metalcore genre is fully exposed in this track and this was to be the start of big things for the band.

2. ‘Shadow Moses’ from SEMPITERNAL

Taking your name from a location in the video game Metal Gear Solid and using extracts from its music may not seem like a good idea. But when you can make a song which indeed a game-changer and makes you want to live it out on Guitar Hero Live at every opportunity, you know you have a winner.

1. ‘Drown’ from THAT’S THE SPIRIT

I am expecting a lot of people to think why have I chosen this song. I can give you many reasons. This track was the first one to truly show Bring Me The Horizon evolve their style while keeping their roots in mind. They may have attempted a more mainstream style than previous here, but the sound is still them 100%. Also, how many songs can have you hooked after one listen? This track truly spelt a new beginning for the band, a brave new image for the band and they finally showed the world they are the band we have all been waiting for. If not for this track, we would not have had the superb THAT’S THE SPIRIT at all. Many fans may be upset that the band have changed too much, but this song justifies their change and highlights their strengths.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Bring Me The Horizon – DROWN

Still hard-hitting and heavier than most music you will hear, Oli Sykes and co. bring to you something rather different to their usual expertise. The band is normally known for screaming all their lyrics and combining their sound to create the metalcore experience you are used to. This time, their new single ‘Drown’ brings more of a hard-rock/punk sound which you would expect to hear from bands such as You Me At Six or Fall Out Boy. But, even though there is a change in direction, you couldn’t mistake this for another band.

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Oli Sykes actually sings in this one, not screaming the whole track, you actually get to hear his actual vocals. Let’s be honest, it is pretty good. The sound, though not as much of a thunderous rampage as certain tracks, will still rock you enough and you are still going to be jumping around to this one. Hearing this at Wembley proved that bands can evolve can still keep their fans enticed when they take on a new style. It’s the quieter moments that really stick out in this single, are we still listening to the same band? Yes we are. The combination of instruments creates a truly epic sound and will certainly win new fans over with this cross-genre release.

Bring Me The Horizon are a band which I feel have been underrated for a long time, their major label debut SEMPITERNAL gave them a great deal of recognition and earned No. 3 on the album charts. Will this single be successful? At the time of writing this, the band currently sits at No. 4 on the iTunes chart and actually peaked at the top spot too. I really hope this results in a top ten single and a real Christmas present for the Sheffield five-piece. Easily one of the band’s best songs, I would even call it one of the best tunes to come out in 2014.

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Lenny Kravitz – Live at Wembley Arena. “London, Thank You”

Making a one-off stop in the UK as part of the Strut Tour, Lenny Kravitz comes back to Wembley to perform to a crowd hungry to hear his hits. This night has attracted people from all over the UK, and a few from Europe as I got chatting to a few individuals before the concert started. The arena has played host to the legendary rocker a number of times before, tonight this was to be my first time seeing him live. Having been listening to his GREATEST HITS and latest album STRUT before heading to Wembley, I felt prepared for what was to come.

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Arriving on stage roughly 40 minutes late, though understandable (I should note that we was told about a technical problem about 5-10 before he hit the stage, I don’t believe that is a Rock Star thing to do to apologise for being late). ‘Dirty White Boots’ begins tonight’s set, straight from the STRUT album, it gets the crowd grooving and brings Mr Kravitz to the stage. When the initial buzz is through, the cover of ‘American Woman’ is brought forward; the energy is positively sizzling as Lenny and his band pound out this classic for all to love. In need of another classic? Well, now it’s time for ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over’, almost ironically near the beginning of the set-list. The crowd go from 10 to 12 as the screams are intense and not a single voice can’t be heard as everyone sings along with the star. ‘Strut’, the title track to the 2014 album is then next in the set, which gets people clapping along and prepares us for some funky dancing. During the course of the night, Kravitz removes his jacket, scarf (then puts it back on after) and the sunglasses (also make a reappearance later) which gets a cheer when the crowd can finally see his eyes. ‘Dancin’ Till Dawn’ keeps the classics coming and ‘Sister’ is a very heartfelt performance delivered in a way which could only be achieved by Lenny himself. Also, this is when we really start to get the feel of tonight’s musicians as they throw every ounce of their strength into these tracks where we get some songs lasting around 15-20 minutes with blisteringly good solo’s from Lenny Kravitz and his musicians. But wait, there’s more…

Talking about London, Lenny talks about his time in London in 1989 when he got to play small venues, ate at a nearby Malaysian restaurant and bought his weed from a gentleman from Trinidad. A few giggles had, Lenny talks about his love of London, but also shows his love for ‘New York City’. Another new song, this track is given a very long instrumental too which brings us past the hour mark of the show (Yes, 7 tracks in 63 minutes. These songs are long!). ‘Always On The Run’, ‘I Belong To You’ and ‘Let Love Rule’ are also given this treatment of being given a lot longer than the original tracks are known for, but would you really wanna stop Lenny Kravitz as he is using his magic over that guitar? Or when you get some great saxophone solos? No, you wouldn’t stop it. It is magical. So, we reach the end and it’s time to ‘Fly Away’. Not as extended as previous songs from tonight but still a great performance and everyone is given their chance to sing along to that famous chorus enough times. Encore time arrives and we have two more to hear. New track ‘The Chamber’ is an instant classic; everyone is chanting along and giving their last bits of energy. The show comes to a conclusion with ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ and Wembley is literally shaking as the crowd give their all for this anthem and cheering along to the instrumental closure to the night.

Rock is not dead, this night proves that fact. 40 Million Album sales and multiple awards. Lenny Kravitz has spent over half of his 50 year old life rocking and entertaining the world. This night at Wembley gave me the rare opportunity to see a real-life rock star that has touched millions with his music and continues to be a big part to the rock scene today. His energy on this night was huge and shows that a man of 50 can still dance, jump, run and party with those who are half his age. You hear stories about what some musicians get up to and you wonder how they survive. Well, sometimes a legacy is hard to kill and that is what a lot of rock stars make, a legacy. Lenny Kravitz may not be the best-selling rocker of all time, but Wembley proved that he is still one of the younger faces of the genre who has earned the status as an icon but spent a lot of time already in the industry to make him a go-to name. Pure rock and I could not get enough; let’s hope it isn’t long till Lenny Kravitz makes his return to these shores again.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Bring Me The Horizon – Live at Wembley Arena. “Split This F***ing Place In Two”

Friday 5th December 2014. Wembley Arena.

Oli Sykes and his band are no strangers to Wembley Arena, having played the venue a number of times when supporting acts such as Bullet For My Valentine and Machine Head. But this is a different night, tonight Wembley Arena is owned by Bring Me The Horizon as they play the biggest show of their career.

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The eerie music which we used to associate with Metal Gear Solid begins the popular ‘Shadow Moses’ as the band storm onto the stage with a thunderous response from the crowd. The first single from their major debut release SEMPITERNAL gets the whole arena chanting “We’re Going Nowhere”. SEMPITERNAL is continued as ‘Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake’ gets everyone’s vocal in tip top shape as the set then takes us to ‘The House Of Wolves’. Our first taste of classic Bring Me The Horizon is when we go to SUICIDE SEASON as we launch into the metalcore anthem ‘Diamond’s Aren’t Forever’, which at the same time gives us some mosh-pits spawning all over the floor of Wembley and then putting into play the infamous “WALL OF DEATH”. ‘It Never Ends’ brings the energy in the arena at this time to its highest and every member of the audience screams every single word. This band knows that many fans may have really discovered them from SEMPITERNAL, but that is no problem as this brilliant album is given a great stretch over this show. Calling it “a song about bastards”, ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’ brings us back to the new and we jump back and forth for a short while as ‘Alligator Blood’ and ‘Empire (Let Them Sing)’ continue the set. ‘Chelsea Smile’ is the track that brings everything roaring back to life and the thrashing is back to its highest during these few minutes. What comes next was teased a few days ago, quite a few fans are about to be very happy…

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Earlier in the week, Bring Me The Horizon performed a small show in Camden and brought out former guitarist Curtis Ward to play their track ‘Pray For Plagues’, a song which Oli Sykes said they don’t like to play, but said he would if the Wembley crowd welcomed their former member. Well, Wembley exploded and you could see the lifelong fans stick out as they took in every moment of the track from the band’s debut album. The rather brilliant ‘Blessed With A Curse’ takes us away from deathcore and back to our usual line-up and the hard-hitting ‘Antivist’ is then brought to us. It says a lot when chanting with your “middle fingers up” and seeing a certain bad C word in huge bold letters on the screens appear as the entire arena shout it out but it was a magical moment and one that really brought people together during this show. The set comes to an end with the electronic-lead ‘Sleepwalking’, definitely a favourite since its release in March 2013. The track is welcomed by all and the thrash continues as all involved raise their arms in the air and jump around. The encore begins, and we get three more chances to rock our socks off. ‘Hospital For Souls’ leads us and warms us up. New single ‘Drown’ continues this last movement with a vastly different sound but still rocking enough to cause any ear drum to rupture and then we finish with ‘Can You Feel My Heart’ as the night comes to a close and the lads all come to the stage one last time to have their picture taken and that is good night.

A brilliant night was had. What more is there to say? The only criticism I would have given is that they stuck a bit too much to SEMPITERNAL, nine of the sixteen songs featured were off that album, but luckily that release was filled with such a gold mine of material that it does work and fits itself in perfectly with the older material. New song ‘Drown’ gave an almost shocking change in direction for the band, which I liked and would like to see happen more. The lyrics that Oli Sykes shouts are mostly heartfelt and to hear the audience shouting back these words is a sign this band have touched many people. Hearing ‘Shadow Moses’ as the starter was indeed a bold move, probably now one of their most recognisable hits, the band proved they know their work and can do it well. They have been going for ten years now, let’s hope for at least another ten years more. Also, I want that DVD/CD when it comes out of this show!

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Not from last night, but an awesome live performance!

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