Having spent the best part of a decade in the metal mid-card, Bring Me The Horizon's recently released fifth album 'That's The Spirit' narrowly missed topping the UK album chart. The high placing shouldn't have come as a surprise though, given their Main Stage allocation at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which will be followed with headline dates here following a run of North American shows.
It is fair to say that each previous record from this Sheffield group has seen a development of their sound, but this is the first on which they have completely cast off their metalcore roots - and they are all the better for it. Promotional tracks 'Happy Song', 'Throne' and 'True Friends' are accurate indicators of the quality of this collection, but crucially, they are not just the pick of the bunch. You could randomly pick any song here and have a genuine single, though particularly of note is the undeniable anthem 'Avalanche', while 'Follow You' is equally brilliant and shows they can work at a lower tempo and dynamic. Whether or not this direction is appreciated by their original followers is questionable, but mainstream success is all but nailed on for Bring Me The Horizon - it may have been unexpected, but they have without doubt produced one of the rock records of the year.
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