Bring Me The Horizon wait 12 songs until they take a swipe at their critics. And by the time track 13 comes around, the Sheffield outfit have little point to prove, having utilised the majority of their sixth album to experiment, play and find their feet in a new sound. That said, their direct dig at trolls adds a welcomed feel-good factor for those firmly on team BMTH. “‘Cause a kid on the ‘gram in a Black Dahlia tank says it ain’t heavy metal,” Oli Sykes sings, before squealing out the final lyrics on track 13, ‘heavy metal’.
While they’re hardly going to deny that ‘amo’ is a far cry from 2008’s ‘Suicide Season’, BMTH have used the decade to evolve as rhythmic musicians. ‘amo’ maintains notes of familiarity through dynamic riffs (‘MANTRA’), crashing drums (‘mother tongue’) and a dream Dani Filth collab (‘wonderful life’). But at their most electronic and experimental, the five-piece explore new territory with siren synths (‘nihilist blues’), orchestral elements (‘i don’t know what to say’) and meticulous algorithms (literally every song).
If 2015’s ‘That’s The Spirit’ was BMTH testing the waters, ‘amo’ is them diving deep into an ocean of electro pop opulence. There’s no doubt that they’ll amp up the keyboards in a live setting, accompany pop hooks with glitter canons and add fire to the roughest riffs. What it leaves them with is an all-encompassing rock and pop package, capable of being notched up and down when needed, all while enabling five guys from Northern England to perform like only major pop acts tend to.
Instead of letting things go stale on album six, Bring Me The Horizon have remained one step ahead of the evolution, allowing them to trail-blaze a genre that once held them down and emerge triumphant from a scene that otherwise says stagnant.