“If you do nothing, you will lose nothing.“
After weeks of teasing glimpses into the song’s creation on their YouTube channel, and named after an old ’90s Playstation survival-horror RPG series from Square Soft (now Square Enix) based upon a novel of the same name, Bring Me The Horizon today unveil ‘Parasite Eve.’ And yeah, it’s… fine.
‘Parasite Eve‘ is much more of a repeat of ‘Ludens‘ with dance parts and some ‘wonderful Life‘ and ‘mantra‘ vibes from ‘amo‘ thrown in. It sees a return to a few heavier riffs and Lee Malia’s lower-octave guitar work, without it also ever going full-blown chugging metalcore. One of the most notable parts of this new single is that Australian composer and mastermind behind the DOOM 2016 OST, Mick Gordon, also lends his talents. Although, his core contribution to this BMTH song – distorted synths, muted djenty guitars – are standard and expected for Mick in light of his recent work on the Doom titles.
However, on a slightly more positive note, the song’s lyricism is clever and timely, with lines such as “when we forget the infection, will we remember the lesson?” and “I’ve got a fever, don’t breathe on me” being extremely apt for the state of the world right now amidst fluctuating Covid-19 cases, people not learning from the mistakes that are maintaining quarantines, and the lessening and tightening of national lock downs. (Also, there’s a cute little lyrical throwback to ‘why you gotta kick me when i’m down‘ and the old Resident Evil 2 tag-line: “If the suspense doesn’t kill you, something else will“.) The overall theme of the song is not to give into fear, but to also be smart and to learn from our’s and society’s mistakes.
Like a lot of recent BMTH material, though, it’s the supportive elements and production of the composition that are the most interesting aspects, with producer Jordan Fish really embellishing ‘Parasite Eve‘ with cool little details with what’s in his patch-bay and sound library. (Shout out to Dan Lancaster’s mixing as well.) Aspects like the bombastic opening choir sample of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares‘ Bulgarian folk track, ‘Ergen Deda,’ the use of Alissa Salls’ (Oli’s wife) foreboding, robotic-sounding voice, rising warning sirens in the pre-breakdown section, and all of the weird synthesizers and sounds are what pull me in. Far more so than the mere prospect of Bring Me The Horizon being a little bit heavier than their current sonic iteration or Oli Sykes pretending to sneeze or whispering certain lines a la an ASMR before yelling and over-pronouncing words.
In 2020, BMTH have plans to release not one, not two, but four new records, all sharing the title of ‘Post Human,’ showing the fruits of their apparently highly prolific quarantine songwriting efforts. (No exact release dates yet, but one can expect it to be soon or even a surprise release.) ‘Parasite Eve‘ is apparently pulled from one such record – a dubbed “protest record” – that’ll be of a similar sound and feel to that of ‘Ludens,’ as the band put it, supposedly going in a more rock direction with plenty of synths and electronics still included. Hey, as long as it’s better than that last EP!
You can watch the dystopian and machinist styled music video for ‘Parasite Eve‘ – which reflects the post-humanist aesthetic of their new albums, the cellular communication themes of the original game, and the social distancing of the present – below: