Bring Me The Horizon release surprise new EP with one of the longest titles ever

Surprise surprise, there’s a new BMTH release! 

In 2019, “BMTH-fatigue” became a thing, as the band dropped ‘amo‘ in January, more recently released a single for Death Stranding called ‘Ludens,’ and the quite frankly exhausting, old-hat conversations surrounding their new direction on each LP and the band not being heavy anymore refused to die and have people move on. As the only thing worse than those who complain that this band isn’t metal anymore are those who complain about others sooking about BMTH not being heavy anymore.

Moving forward, in 2020, Bring Me The Horizon have announced plans to only now release EPs and to steer clear of full-length albums, at least for the foreseeable future. The first of which arrived overnight, entitled, and get ready for this shit, ‘Music to listen to~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help to~hurt to~scroll to~roll to~love to~hate to~learn Too~plot to~play to~be to~feel to~breed to~sweat to~dream to~hide to~live to~die to~GO TO.’ Blimey, that stupidly long-title is trying to outdo the word count in my reviews, it seems.

The band has made no official comment on this sudden new release, with frontman Oli Sykes simply just posting the artwork on his Instagram prior to its release today.

It’s a polished and well-produced EP, with a clear intention of it being a spiritual listen. Like it’s all intended to be background noise.  This is something that you put on when you’re doing something else. Whether that’s driving, sleeping, writing, smoking, running, studying, or fucking – you get the idea. This is the BMTH equivalent of those lo-fi jazz/hip-hop music playlists that you see on YouTube that always feature anime girls in the thumbnails and oddly enough, nearly always contain at least one DJ Shadow track.

Bring Me The Horizon, 2019.

As for the eight songs harbored on this new, collaborative compilation EP, we get the most experimental work from the U.K. band yet. It’s an interesting mix of post-rock moods, trip-hop, electro-pop, bubbly major-key keys, programmed drums, horns, large ambient tones, a huge array of moody and glitchy synths, some questionable rapping, drum and bass moments, a variety of vocal samples, pitch-shifting and loops galore, surprising guest features from Halsey and metalcore band Lotus Eater during on section of ‘Underground Big {HEADFULOFHYENA}‘, and just overall furthering the stranger instrumental ideas heard on ‘amo.’ It even reuses some lines from ‘In The Dark’ with that Halsey track, ‘¿‘ – one of the releases’ better moments alongside the glitchy, acoustic nature of ‘“like seeing spiders running riot on your lover’s grave”‘ and the heavenly ‘Dead Dolphin Sounds ‘aid brain growth in unborn child’ Virtual Therapy / Nature Healing 2 Hours,’ a song that nails this EP’s intent the best.

Every track is different from the last, flowing in and out of one another gracefully, and there’s even a 25-minute song too, ‘Underground Big {HEADFULOFHYENA}.’ It sees the band move around a single loop, switching from metal, trap and more before it fizzles out for 18-minutes with an Oli ASMR session as he asks you to close your eyes before waxing lyrical as he mumbles on about meditation, spirituality, intelligent design, being vegan, focusing on needs instead of wants, and more. It’s… something. (If you’re looking for life advice from old mate, then I’m sorry, but you’ve made some bad decisions.) In fact, all the songs are overly long for what they are at their cores, but that’s clearly on purpose: laying down a certain trance-like mood via the use of lengthy tracks, looping parts and repeating motifs so that people can settle into a certain headspace or groove.

Although, it feels much more like an Oli Sykes solo album or a Jordan Fish side-project more than anything else. As if these are formative song ideas lifted from the latter’s recycle bin on his laptop. For those who want something heavier, don’t even bother with this one and go back to the older records or the slew of meh metalcore bands that’ve cropped up since BMTH first broke through in 2008. Yet for those with an open mind and varied music tastes, there’ll most likely be something here to enjoy. At least give it a once over. I find it to be a cool and eclectic EP, seeing the group exploring some vastly new sonic territory, yet one that’s needlessly long and is only getting traction because of the band that it came from. I also have a strong gut feeling that in time, this will become mostly forgotten in light of other or newer BMTH releases, as well as the other artists that already exist within this ambient, lo-fi electro scene. It’s the kind of thing you listen to once or twice and then never again. If I wasn’t burnt-out on them in 2019 already, I may have done a full review, but as it stands, I’d leave this with a rating in the ballpark of 50/100.

Anyways, check it all out below to see if it’s your thing or not:

One Response to “Bring Me The Horizon release surprise new EP with one of the longest titles ever”

  1. Shitters

    I don’t care for it but no idea why it was released under BMTH with less than half the band contributing. Seems like they’re just cashing in on the BMTH brand which Oli doesn’t even need to

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