Bring Me The Horizon
Revention Music Center, February 9, 2019
Photographed by Michael Mullenix
This past Saturday, February 9th, British Rockers Bring Me The Horizon came to the Revention Center in Houston, for an impactful night of electronica-inspired metal. The lights went dark in the Revention Center and the intro track I’m Sorry If You Feel Something from this year’s release, Amo, rang out to a crescendo when the confetti cannons were set off and streamers descended into the crowd. After that, the band’s Grammy-nominated hit single, Mantra, whipped the crowd into an ecstatic frenzy. The night was off to a perfect start!… Until it became obvious that singer Oli Sykes had lost his voice. Yes, unfortunately after another song Sykes addressed this and it was quite clear that the band was operating in a limited capacity lyric-wise. The audience was encouraged to sing as loud as they could, helping the young Metal Icon out, and the harmonies during the newer songs like Medicine (ironic) and Nihilist Blues were pitch perfect. But during older tracks with more aggressive segments like Happy Song and Shadow Moses, it was obvious that Sykes was trying anything, including Death Metal growls, to manage through the songs. It’s interesting how the last three albums have capped the new understanding of Bring Me The Horizon as a band, to the point where the setlist does not include any of their earlier work. Clearly, the more Electronica leanings of BMTH have been where the band’s focus lies and the results feel like they are bringing the genre of Metal as a whole to new and interesting territory. The show… well, it was great! Sure it was riddled with disasters, but with tremendous energy and a spectacle of a light show on stage, Bring Me The Horizon have arrived as legitimate headliners. I’m looking forward to seeing this concert again as it was intended once Sykes’ voice has recovered. Hopefully later on this year!