Bring Me The Horizon’s new album won’t be “super heavy”

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Bring-Me-The-Horizon-new album that's the spirit

Bring Me The Horizon‘s move to a stadium-friendly sound split their fanbase down the middle, and it seems the Sheffield quintet aren’t backing away from their new sound.

Keyboardist and producer Jordan Fish recently spoke about the band’s plans for their forthcoming new album on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, stating that it’s “not going to be a super, super heavy record.”

Fish, who has been instrumental in pioneering the band’s new direction, explained that it won’t be a pop album either. He elaborated, saying:

“I don’t think we’d ever do a straight, boring pop record. We’ll probably take bits from what we did on Sempiternal, bits from what we did on That’s The Spirit and take it off in a different direction. As long as it’s interesting and exciting, that’s all I really care about.”

New album could kick off after American tour ends

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Bring Me the Horizon has always drastically changed from record to record, but 2015’s That’s the Spirit was the starkest change yet, with some tracks edging into dance and pop. Fish indicated that the direction of the new album isn’t set in stone yet, so it seems we have a bit of a wait ahead of us before we hear anything. The band are currently ending a two-year touring cycle for That’s the Spirit with a run of American dates.

Bring Me the Horizon are obviously well aware of the concerns of some old school fans. At the band’s recently Melbourne show, frontman Ollie Sykes commented between songs:

“Pray for Plagues… well you’ll have to keep on praying.”

Bring Me the Horizon not concerned by genre boundaries

Fish also addressed fan sentiments about the change in musical direction:

 “I understand there’s probably a load of people who want us to be super heavy, and a load of people who only like the last album, who don’t like the heavier stuff. That’s just the nature of a band that’s changed styles so much across the course of their career. For us, I just want to write something good. Where it sits genre-wise is something someone else can worry about.”

Sykes has previously said the band intend to go “weirder” and “dancier” on their new album, and referenced Linkin Park, The Prodigy and Massive Attack as influences.

The latest interview has continued to polarise fans. Facebook user Jace Drennan wasn’t too stoked, saying

“bloody hell there turning into a indie/boho/pop band.”

Fellow Facebooker Jolon Silk welcomed the changes though, commenting:

“Nothing wrong with that. It’s important for artists to change it up and explore different styles.”

Personally I enjoy both the new and older material. If anything I’d just like to see the band move away from the ultra compressed, brickwalled mixes they’ve been producing lately. Having a more dynamic sound these days means a more open mix would really help the material breathe a bit more.

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