Bring Me The Horizon
That's the Spirit


2.5
average

Review

by Elliott S. Edwards STAFF
September 11th, 2015 | 2636 replies


Release Date: 09/11/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So complacent it hurts.

Using change as a synonym for selling out is pertinent when discussing That's the Spirit, because Bring Me the Horizon clearly want to evolve their sound and make a lot of money, too. That's not a cynical claim- after all, they saved money by having Jordan Fish work as a producer and used that leftover cash to fund a personal trainer- and I would go as far as to say it's the right move for Bring Me the Horizon at this stage in their career. Sempiternal and There is a Hell... moved the band so far away from their erstwhile obnoxiousness that it was worthy of some commendation. That being said, Sempiternal's underdog narrative was held upright by the scope of its ambition, flawed and impressive in equal measure. That's the Spirit doesn't make much of a case for relevance because it's not prepared to fail; it's happy to see itself carried on up the charts on the strength of its simplicity.

In that sense, That's the Spirit is successful by design, a product so friendly it's hard to say it's ever particularly poor; in a word, it exists. That's apparent in its choice of lead singles, "Happy Song" and "Throne", where you'll get little else to accompany the anthemic intent. The production is clean, the synths shimmering, the guitars weaving in and out of standard rhythms and serviceable vocal hooks ('Throw me to the wolves', while competent enough in its wording, is a particularly apt showcase for the lack of content to be found). The calculated and tasteful formula doesn't relent and rarely incites anything beyond an ear-worm here and a toe-tap there; where Sempiternal made headway towards maturity with its amalgamating metalcore with other pop experiments, That's the Spirit is unashamed in its desire to ape the aesthetic of Linkin Park circa Meteora or '90s Metallica. Mutt Lange famously rationalized to Def Leppard that arenas and sports fields weren't built for cavernous and labyrinthian song structures; clearly thinking likewise, there's nary a moment approaching "Hospital for Souls" to be found here. Instead, you get "Run", a competent little ditty that inoffensively marries Oli Sykes' angsty shout to a radio conscious rock sound. That's the Spirit is so content to flit away from excitement and into complacency it hurts; you almost want Bring Me the Horizon to trip up on their material, if only because then the element of excitement may come into play. It doesn't, and what we're left with is That's the Spirit, the most soundly generic rock album you'll hear this year.



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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2015


8409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Drown": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkV5709EG5M



"Throne": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI



thanks to ExplosiveOranges for editing. feedback appreciated.

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AtlusP4G
September 11th 2015


39 Comments


If this album was an EP with Doomed, Avalanche, Drown and Throne it'd be pretty good, it feels like trying to extend this to a full length is what's led to all the filler. Still better than their first two albums though.

AlphaBetaFoxface
September 11th 2015


89 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't really understand the album. Seems like a money grab. Every song is a single, nothing flows. Meanwhile, I just heard about Cynic's break up and having never listened to any of their records, checked them out. Holy crap they are good

DreamAgain
September 11th 2015


568 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I liked Doomed. Drown is okay. Album super disappointing after Sempiternal like wtf? Thought they were gonna go more prog metal direction and instead they went in the exact opposite. Lame.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


10684 Comments


Good review, liked the singles enough but probably won't check this out.

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2015


8409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cheers fellas

anarchistfish
September 11th 2015


25979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you can't call this complacent and give the weeknd a 4

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2015


8409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i can and did

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


13072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review mandem

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danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


11515 Comments


That first sentence on your second paragraph is perfect, as is your review, and basically summarizes the little I've heard here.

trackbytrackreviews
September 11th 2015


3312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jesus christ 3 reviews in a row

Toondude10
September 11th 2015


11313 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

oh god not again



this album is fucking horrendous btw, definitely making my worst of the year. That 2.5 is way too generous :/

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danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


11515 Comments


"Jesus christ 3 reviews in a row"

Hey don't blame him, his was only the second. And it's the best one.

Nice avatar, Toondude :]

Toondude10
September 11th 2015


11313 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

not to mention Talons is removing his and posting it later since he posted two in a row

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2015


16322 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3 | Sound Off

Good review Arcade, this was definitely a disappointment after the potential of There is a Hell... and Sempiternal.

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Mesm277
September 11th 2015


598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is a hard 3, some catchy songs and the lyrics really could be worse. Instrumentation has taken a hit and nowhere near as good as Sempiternal, but this album is right up my street.

Toondude10
September 11th 2015


11313 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The intro to the first song is like wtf

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


13072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if youve never heard music before maybe, otherwise its not that weird

Ponton
Emeritus
September 11th 2015


6114 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good read arcade man

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Toondude10
September 11th 2015


11313 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

you oughta review this Jared



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