Bring Me The Horizon
Amo


1.5
very poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (268 Reviews)
January 26th, 2019 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Audio-bile.

There’s a certain amount of respect to be had for a band that progresses between releases. More often than not there’s a showcase of growth, either personal or in talent which is in turn reflective at a songwriting standpoint. It’s also refreshing to think that these natural changes and developments benefit the band and also their listeners.

Bring Me The Horizon however, fails to deliver in this fashion.

Personally, I’ll admit a level of hesitation when it comes to new Bring Me The Horizon music. Having openly criticised the band’s alleged opus, Sempiternal for its terrible cohesion and disjointed song writing (along with a few other vague comparisons) as well as the proverbial train wreck that followed al a That’s The Spirit my levels for expectation are as about as low as Trump’s business morals. Regardless, the stagnant ideas and all over the place musical ideas are a given.

Despite these mixed feelings, I made a beeline for the Dani Filth featured “Wonderful Life” (as well as the video it came with) and was instantly greeted by Oli’s penchant for terrible lyricism and quirks that somehow carried me to the end of the track. My reservations and predispositions were well met, but there was a niggle that maybe, just maybe I wasn’t giving this the go it needed. While Filth’s cameo is small, it adds a real flourish to “Wonderful Life” and subtlety turns my head in favour (for the first time) to BMTH’s flair for self revolution. But there’s a problem here; with an open mind came more misgivings.

Having cemented their move away from the more metal soundscapes that defined the group’s early days, the more electro-fused, pop laced stylings that first latched onto the cells before completing a full metastasis only pushes Oli’s terribly predictable lyricism to the forefront of issues (see: “Medicine” and “Mother Tongue”). Sure, the average fan may pen this down as evolution or development of a band not willing to do the same things over and over again, but the issues lie not in the attempt, but the attempt at quality. There’s the occasional silver lining, with the likes of “Mantra” combining hook and infectious beat, highlighting how the rest of the band are as much at fault for the rest of the record’s overall blandness and loose standards. Bring Me The Horizon’s latest offering hasn’t moved very far from the standards set within That’s The Spirit, but has certainly added to the band’s commercial viability. That’s not to be seen in a negative light but the new album’s subtle nuances start to overbear, contrasting positive bombastic tones with melancholic self indulgence, made worse with every overused tripe (to the point of copy/paste) found within modern electro pop. But the degree of sameness soon becomes outweighed by the typical BMTH approach to negatively geared versatility.

The overall embracing of electronica based pop rock may be a natural step for Bring Me The Horizon and their musical direction, but it’s not made natural by a band trying so hard to make a workable transition. Amo is flawed and resentful of the path it’s chosen, highlighting the mess of a musical force Oli fronts. For every simplistic use of stereotype, for every obvious hook Bring Me The Horizon provide equal parts mess and mayhem. For what it’s worth, Amo isn’t a complete write off - but it’s got a long way to go before it can be considered a decent listen.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wasn’t going to do it, now done it so whatevs.



1.7/5 please : ]

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, but you could probably already tell we disagree.

I wouldn't say Oli's that terrible of a lyricist personally; he's not particularly stellar, but it gets the job done in my eyes.

Digging: Attalus - Into the Sea

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

We disagree? I didn’t know that?

Yeah, well if we’re being honest, BMTH has always divided and I’ve seen little to no middle ground so I guess that’s what it is. I mean I’d be okay if they went and proved me wrong one day but if there going to keep putting out this “quality” it’s going to be a long hard road

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Nocte: Honestly, I think they do have the potential to wow you eventually. They just need to take some notes from the Deftones playbook and go with the vibe instead of relying on the verse-chorus-verse structure, as that's something I've been taking issue with even though it's catchy as FUCK to me.

Toondude10
January 26th 2019


13738 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

oof

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the fact this got flagged over Simon's review almost instantly is kind of rough but y'know, it's fine.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Should be fixed momentarily. We have our ways.

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, both you and him did a good job though, if it's any consolation

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Different points of view for sure

Green Baron
January 26th 2019


24434 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Finally, the review we needed.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


14661 Comments


oh thank god another one

zaruyache
January 26th 2019


20527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

imagine dragons goes punk but are still robots incapable of understanding real human emotions.

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Neek: I mean, surely the poptimist in you wouldn't mind this album right? Lol

BrushedRed
January 26th 2019


2999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I’m quite surprised this gets the shaft but Online Relationships gets BNM. Lol

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2019


41399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

imagine dragons goes punk but are still robots incapable of understanding real human emotions.




get more of a 'enter shikari tries to write a grimes album; are terrible at it' vibe myself

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


15045 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Aaand nail in the coffin.



I think we got all ratings covered.

Digging: Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Nocebo

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


15045 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

My bad, needs a 5 review.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Does it but, does it really?

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It also needs a 4.5 review if we want to cover all bases but yknow....

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2019


15045 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I am pretty sure we'll get them, sooner than later.



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